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October 18th, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Crump @ 7:51 pm

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JUST WHO THE HELL ARE/WERE THE KRAYONS ANYWAY?

Twenty years ago, a fledgling Southside hardcore punk unit called The Krayons played its first concert in front of several hundred punk fans at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Alameda Street in Corpus Christi. Thus began an eight-year odyssey that would eventually take the band across the country and back and leave in its wake, a legacy of recordings that reflect a burgeoning punk music scene in transition.

Emerging from hiatus, The Krayons will mark the 20th anniversary of its founding with a special performance at the House of Rock starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. Special guests include Sweet Daddy, Right Turn Clyde and Drastic Actions.

The Krayons will also debut the release of the band’s first ever anthology CD, “Hindsight is 20/20,” at the show. The new disc is a digitally remastered collection of the band’s best songs that originally appeared in a variety of formats including cassette and vinyl. The 24-song track list includes early favorites such as “Tomorrow is Another Day” as well as end-run notables such as “Brand New Notion” and “Six Over Eight.”

During its 1987-95 run, The Krayons opened for numerous touring acts at Corpus Christi showcases including Desperate Minds (Canada), The Cro-Mags (New York City), Verbal Assault (Rhode Island), Jawbreaker (San Francisco), Voodoo GlowSkulls (California) and Los Crudos (Chicago). The Krayons also opened for The Offspring at The Oasis in San Antonio, years before that band became a household name. The band toured through across the Western half of the nation in ’94 and opened for a variety of performers including The Gigolo Aunts (Boston), Braid (Illinois), Mecca Normal (Canada), Tilt (California) and numerous others.

The band’s music was played locally on the now defunct KRAD 105.5 FM, the defunct rock radio station Z Rock in Austin and has been featured on a host of specialty shows on independent radio stations and podcasts across the country. Internationally, The Krayons have ended up on playlists the world over including CFLX 95.5 FM in Quebec, Canada, Radio Starsul FM – 102.9 Mhz in Sao Paulo, Brazil and on the MIG 31 student radio station in Slovenia.

Out 11.23.07! A full-length CD retrospective by the KRAYONS

6 Comments »

  1. The Krayons, Richard King High School Talent Show, 1988

    Back in high school, The Krayons entered a talent show but rather than attempt to win with our own music (which we knew would never happen), we decided to have fun and play a few covers instead. There was a pretty nasty dust up between punks and squares at the end of this clip that this camera does not catch. If the other tape ever surfaces, we’ll definitely throw it up on Youtube because it’s pretty cool to see cafeteria chairs shooting up, geyser style.

    Comment by tfcrecords89 — November 26, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  2. iLike The Krayons

    We’ve got another page for the Krayons in the works ….

    Comment by tfcrecords89 — December 3, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

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    Comment by tfcrecords89 — December 9, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  5. Krayons are playing Room 710 in Austin next Sunday (01.20.08) along with More Fire, Condemned Unit and The Bread.
    This will be the last Krayons show for the forseeable future as band-members are moving forward with their various projects.

    And don’t forget to pick up a “Hindsight” CD … we’re hoping to sell some TFC stuff to raise cash for our next release — tentatively, we’re looking to put out a couple of 7″s this year. More info as all that develops.

    Hope to see you there!

    Room 710, Austin, 01.20.08

    Comment by tfcrecords89 — January 13, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  6. “Hindsight is 20/20″ was reviewed by Frontline Radio, a Wisconsin-based online punk radio station.

    Reviewed by: Chemosabe

    Do you want to have one up on all your friends? Are you sick of all the thirty-somethings in your town droning on and on about the glory days of hardcore? Or, are you one of those thirty-somethings who wants to add something new to his or her music collection? If so, then you should check out the Krayons, a great hardcore punk outfit from Corpus Christi, Texas. You may not have realized it, but the Krayons have been around since 1987, and although the band officially broke up in 1995, they are still keeping the name alive. They continue to put on the occasional show, and in November of last year, released “Hindsight is 20/20,” a collection of singles covering their entire discography.

    So what about the music? For the most part, the tunes here are great, and if you’re a fan of hardcore punk, ranging from the more melodic to the straight-out throwdown, you will enjoy what you find here. My personal favorite is “Alone in a Crowded Room,” a great song that shows off the Krayons ability to throw their fists around while still writing a memorable hook. The vocals are distinct without becoming annoying or incomprehensible, passionate without becoming whiney. Other tracks worth checking out include “Sam Rankin,” “Anyone Who Isn’t Me,” and “Utopia.” The one complaint I could level against the band is that on occasion the tracks do run a bit long. Although “Wise Up Korea”, “No Commitments, Please” , “An Open Letter”, and “No More Bonds” all run about two minutes or less, more than a couple crack the four-minute mark, and with a CD covering twelve years and 24 tracks, you may run out of stamina, even if the Krayons don’t.

    Bottom Line: For $8.25 plus shipping on Interpunk, you really should check this CD out. Last I heard there’s less than 300 copies available, so pick up some change, put it in your CD player, and start hitting your friends in the mouth.

    Author’s Note: The last sentence is partly based on a recent event at Frontline Radio HQ that resulted in Jick elbowing Chemosabe across the mouth.

    Here’s the link:

    Frontline Radio
    (Look under Feb. ‘08 reviews)

    Comment by tfcrecords89 — March 22, 2008 @ 7:55 am

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