Crazyfists are a four-piece metal band originating from Anchorage,
Alaska. They are now based in Portland, Oregon.
band's name comes from a Jackie Chan
movie, Jackie Chan And The 36 Crazy Fists
. They have
released five albums, In the
, Bitterness the
, A Snow Capped
, Rest Inside
, and their fifth The Tide And Its Takers
released on May 27, 2008.
36 Crazyfists was formed in 1994 in Anchorage, Alaska. The original
members were vocalist Brock Lindow, guitarists Steve Holt and Ryan
Brownell, bassist JD Stuart, and drummer Thomas Noonan. Holt is
from Kenai, Alaska, and Lindow spent much of his childhood there.
Lindow, Brownell, Stuart, and Noonan are all from Anchorage. 36
released their first EP, "Boss Buckle EP", in 1995 on cassette. In
July 1996, bassist JD Stuart died in a car accident. At that time,
Brownell retired from the band and the remaining members recuited
bassist Mick Whitney, who is also from Anchorage. In 1997, the band
released their second EP, "Suffer Tree", on cassette. This EP was
dedicated to former bassist, JD Stuart. The band then relocated to
Seattle, WA where they released their first full length CD, "In The
Skin". The band then moved to Portland, OR. In 1999, they released
a 4-song demo that, through their friends in Skinlab, ended up in
the hands of Monte Connor, A&R Rep at Roadrunner Records.
Roadrunner Records years (2000 - 2007)
Signed by Roadrunner Records in 2000, the band recorded their major
debut album Bitterness the
which was released on April 4
. In support of its release, the band
toured with such heavy weight acts as Candiria
, God Forbid
, and Hotwire. After touring the
States, they headed off to Europe to
begin the European Road Rage Tour with Killswitch Engage and Five Pointe O.
The band re-emerged two years later, on March
with their second album
A Snow Capped Romance
which was produced by James Paul
(who also produced albums for bands like Dashboard Confessional
and As Friends Rust
). They toured intensely
behind the record (playing shows with acts like Killswitch Engage
and Poison the Well
December, taking two months off before beginning the work on their
36 Crazyfists entered the studio with producer Sal Villanueva
(who had worked with Thursday
and Taking Back Sunday
) in October 2005 to
commence recording their third album Rest Inside the Flames
released across Europe on June 12
. Ultimately, Roadrunner decided not to release the
album in North America. A deal with DRT Entertainment
was later struck, and
the album received a belated release on November 7
The album was a success in the U.K., with Rest Inside the
debuting at #71 on the UK
, and reaching #2 in the BBC
Rock Album charts. However, the album only sold 1,858 copies in the
US during its first week of release.
The band started an extensive U.K. tour, supported by Twelve Tribes
and Your Rigamortus on
they played at 26 venues across the country.
Ferret Music years (2007 - present)
Vocalist Brock Lindow announced that a new record would be released
in March 2008 on Ferret Music
The Tide And Its
. This date has been pushed back, and was released
on May 27
This was released on Ultimate-Guitar.com on November 29
"Alaska based rockers 36 Crazyfists are currently in
the studio working on their Ferret Music debut, which they have
titled The Tide And Its Takers."
The band had guitarist and backing vocalist, Steve Holt
, producing the album. They
had Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Testament, Exit
) again work on the mixing of the album.
Lead singer Brock Lindow
had this to
"We could not be happier to be on Ferret Music, we are
all big fans of the bands on the roster as well as the people who
run the label.
Our new record is now finished being written and we
will start recording right after Thanksgiving.
We will be out on tour in January starting with the UK
and Europe first, looking forward to hitting the road and seeing
all of our friends again."
36 Crazyfists always return to Alaska to play at the annual Summer
Meltdown Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. With one exception being
the 2008 Summer Meltdown, in which they could not attend due to
their tour with the First Annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Shortly
after the Mayhem tour, bassist Mick Whitney retired due to family
obligations. He was replaced by long time guitar tech, Brett
36 Crazyfists filmed their January 9, 2009, show in Anchorage,
Alaska, for their first live DVD entitled Underneath A Northern Sky
The DVD is the band's first ever, and it was released on October
27th, 2009. The band will team up with Chiodos for two shows in
Japan and then hit up the Australian festival circuit, which will
take them to the end of February. Throughout March, the band will
tour Europe with labelmates, Poison The Well.
night of their European tour was recorded by Chasing Safety at The
Electric Ballroom in Camden
Town London, at the end
of the night, Brock Lindow announced on stage that they would be
recording their new album at the end of 2009 with a planned spring
2010 release & a hinted follow up Europe tour.
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
- "Slit Wrist Theory" – Bitterness the
- "At the End of August" – A Snow Capped
- "Bloodwork" – A Snow Capped Romance
- "I'll Go Until My Heart Stops" – Rest Inside the
- "We Gave It Hell" - The Tide and Its
- IndieHQ, "Indepedent Sales Chart 11-15-06",
- "Artist Chart History - 36 Crazyfists"
Billboard.com. Retrieved on September 3, 2008.