The band’s style is dark in comparison to Pink Floyd, who reveled in the ethereal more so than the dark and demented.
What does Crippled Black Phoenix have in common with the jam band, Phish? Crippled Black Phoenix have picked up the Prog Rock candle left vacant since Pink Floyd called it quits; the same way the Dead Heads flocked to Phish after Jerry Garcia had one too many pints of his ice cream (or it could have possibly been all those years of injecting heroin), now Floyd’s Flock have a new obsession to call their own in the form of Crippled Black Phoenix.
Crippled Black Phoenix is a supergroup comprised of members from such groups as Mogwai, Iron Monkey, Gonga, and Electric Wizard, just to name a few. In total there have been 26 different members in the band. The band’s style is dark in comparison to Pink Floyd, who reveled in the ethereal more so than the dark and demented. You will not get Crippled Black Phoenix upon first listen. If anything, you’ll feel compelled to never listen to them again after listening to a few tracks off of any of their releases. You’ll find yourself thinking about them though. How do I know this? Well, that’s how it happened for me.
Crippled Black Phoenix are a fantastic way to metaphorically eclipse yourself from the world, even if just for a little while.
When I sat down with my brother and co-founder of kilScene, we were discussing what to feature for this week’s Sunday Sounds From The Underground of which you are currently reading. He had suggested Crippled Black Phoenix. I was not sold, but this is a democracy so I asked him if he would want to write the piece. He said he’d give it a shot. Fast forward to a few days later and finding myself completely and utterly bored with the 24, 186 songs I have on my ipod (all legally purchased from iTunes.com), I suddenly remembered that Taso (that’s my bro) had made me a copy of Crippled Black Phoenix’s 2010 album, I, Vigilante, so I figured, fuck it. I’m sick of listening to everything I have on my ipod and why not give this band another chance? Half way through the album (I, Vigilante is an EP of 6 songs), I find that two hours have passed and I’ve let the same album replay 3 times. It’s good. They’re good. More than that, Crippled Black Phoenix are a fantastic way to metaphorically eclipse yourself from the world, even if just for a little while.
Now inhale, count backwards from ten and release. See you when you come down from the cloud that is Crippled Black Phoenix.
Here’s the thing with Crippled Black Phoenix that you have to understand right off the bat. If you’re someone who has a thing for songs with a message, this is not the band for you. Lyrics come secondary for Crippled Black Phoenix. What they’re after is a feeling. They don’t want you to walk away a better human being because of something brilliantly stated in one of their songs, that’s not what’s important. What is important is if you walked/floated away with the feeling of their music permeated within yourselves, which will happen. Literally. You will feel the music in your soul long after the CD reached its end. If you’re like me, someone who likes to read and use music as a soundtrack for whatever you’re reading, this is not the band to listen to. Crippled Black Phoenix is selective listening. CBP does not work for everything. Where Crippled Black Phoenix shines is for those who are into recreational drug use; or if you’ve just come home from a long day at work, you’re home all alone, you turn the lights off, you turn the black light on, press play on the ipod dock, spark one up and unwind. Ahh, doesn’t that feel better? Well then, I guess that means that Crippled Black Phoenix have done their job. Now inhale, count backwards from ten and release. See you when you come down from the cloud that is Crippled Black Phoenix.