You're about to take a crash course into the kings of piano rock n' roll. What's that? You don't know what that is? I'll tell you right now that the definition of piano rock is the band by the name of Crash Kings. They take the sweet delicacy out of piano and replace it with killer chords. They take the distortion from guitar and give it to their bass. They take the amazing style of Chris Cornell's voice (lead singer of Audioslave) and turn it into their own. They take the rules of rock, and they break them over their instruments. This band is sweet.
Lets analyze how this concoction works. What gives this band originality? What's the icing on the cake? The thing that makes this band amazing is their lead singer Tony Beliveau. He's got it all. He plays amazing piano, he plays guitar solos on his organ, and he sings like an outcasted angel.
The piano in the music of Crash Kings isn't like anything you've ever heard. It's blunt. It's in your face. And most importantly, it's unpredictable. In their song "Mountain Man" there are random upper range chords that are played on random beats. The idea sounds chaotic, but the music sounds great. The lead singer even has different tones in his keyboard. He goes from electric piano to regular piano constantly. This variety really brings good music to the table.
The craziest thing about the lead singer's piano is his guitar tone. What? A guitar tone on a keyboard? You're probably thinking that guitar tones sound crappy on a keyboard. Not on this one. It sounds exactly like a guitar. There's no telling the difference. He even has a bar on the side of his keyboard that bends the pitch of each note depending on how much he pushes on it. Crazy. Different. Amazing.
The most important aspect of the music of Crash Kings is the lead singer's voice. It's so good! He hits notes higher on the scale than anyone we know. The Indie Team is in awe. Literally. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that some whiney bands have singers who hit high notes, and they sound really bad. The lead singer from Crash Kings is far from that. He has it all. He has volume. He has talent. And he has an amazing range.
Seriously. If you're not freaking out about this band yet, you need to listen to their music. And if you are freaking out...calm down and put those headphones in. It's time for some Crash Kings.