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House of Blues (Crazy Town's website)

By: Jen Brown

Lately, it seems in the music industry, we see more and more merging of styles. As one form of music becomes tired and worn out, we can always count on someone to bring it back to life with an unique infusion of another style. Bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Incubus are invading MTVs TRL. Combating the boy bands and sugar coated teen pop singers, rock is making a comeback. Fighting for the right to rock is an upcoming band, Crazy Town. I was fortunate enough to catch them when they opened for Buckcherry.

Promoting their debut album, The Gift of Game, on Columbia Records, Crazy Town had the House of Blues on their feet. Frontmen Shifty Shellshok (a.k.a. Seth) and Epic Mazar gave their all to an eager crowd. While Epic and Shifty entertained by spouting out hip-hop-esque lyrics the band pumped out hardcore rock. And, to add to the mix of rock and rap, DJ AM contributed heavy turntable action.

As with many artists who have recently begun mixing their own sound with hip hop, and the lyrical beats of rap, Crazy Town proves that the styles were definitely meant to merge. Lyrically, the group has been influenced by the everyday emotions and acts of life. Love, hate, greed, drugs. Butterfly, a song about that very special girl that every boy wants to meet, depicts their influences beautifully. On a musical level, the strong sounds emanating from bassist Faydodeelay are in part thanks to edgy acts such as Primus in their pre-Antipop days.

When asked where they intend to be in 10 years, Crazy Town wants to still be making music. Headlining, touring, and not worrying about anything except how to keep the crowd hyped enough to leave the venue a bloody, sweaty mess. If given the chance, check them out. I have a feeling that the music world will be seeing a lot more of the Hollywood based band, Crazy Town.

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