Davey Macmanus & The Crimea have a history with SXSW. Back in 2003, the band was signed on the spot by Warner Bros after a problematic but nonetheless inspiring showcase performance, becoming the first (and only?) band to be signed during the festival itself. The following year they returned to larger crowds and wider acclaim. But since that time, they were dropped by Warner Bros; they financed, recorded and released a second album by themselves, which they made available for free download well before Radiohead caught the idea; and they have just finished a third album, entitled Listen to seashells; they know everything, whose method of distribution remains uncertain. Through all of the challenges that would crush so many other bands, The Crimea have not only maintained but seem all the stronger for it. This session, recorded exclusively for KEXP at ME Television studios almost didn’t happen — Davey missed his flight from the U.K. — but we were able to reschedule on our final day, when the band performed three songs from the new album: “Last Plane Out Of Saigon,” “How To Make You Laugh,” and “The Hudson River A Skating Rink.”
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