ATLK Track Eleven: Crayon to Box Elders

Song 11 of 19 in the …One Last Kiss retread, otherwise known as After the Last Kiss…

Get ready for another lesson in indie pop. Who begat whom and what is the real origin of Tullycraft? It all starts with Crayon, who were the loudest, most raucous, and lowest-of-fi on …One Last Kiss. They came from Bellingham, Washington which is about a three hour drive north from Seattle. They may have been heavily influenced by the Pastels, but they sounded like the angry little brother of the Pastels. The vocals were kind of winey and shouted at the same time. It was kind of rudimentary and juvenile sounding, but catchy in a primal, punk rock way. Jeff Fell and Sean Tollefson would go on to form Tullycraft with Wimp Factor 14 guitarist Gary Miklusek (another …One Last Kiss band, but we’ll get to that in a future post). Crayon’s MySpace is threatening a release that compiles all of their output onto two handy discs. In the meantime, here’s their song that was on …One Last Kiss. It was culled from their Harriet Records ep Moominland

mp3: Crayon – All the Stars

I’ve written about the Box Elders before when they came through town. Their ramshackle sound seems to come from the same place that Crayon were coming from back in 1992. The Box Elders are a trio (another similarity with Crayon) and are fronted by brothers Clayton and Jeremiah McIntyre and more than ably backed up Dave Goldberg on drums, who by the way is a madman with sticks behind his kit. They have only one single out, with the promise of another one sometime this year. These guys have sound that nobody else even comes close to right now, it’s a little Jonathan Richman and a little of the Clean. Excellent stuff from this Omaha, Nebraska band. Let’s hope that they don’t get lost into obscurity like so many of the bands that appeared on …One Last Kiss!

mp3: Box Elders – One Foot In Front of the Other (buy their single here)

One comment

  1. Peter Dow · August 7, 2008

    Crayon is overlooked as the band that set the table for Death Cab For Cutie in Bellingham. The music being made in that town was much different and less exciting before Crayon came along. They gave Death Cab a healthier environment to make music and grow as a band. Without Crayon, there may not have been a Death Cab.

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