5 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their debut EP, Super Vilaine, the New Orleans septet Sweet Crude fuse Cajun and zydeco sounds with unlikely indie rock elements. There’s a freewheeling quality to the band’s music, taking them far afield from traditional sources. Shifting between French and English, lead vocalists Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft (who also plays a mean fiddle) help move the group beyond the expected party grooves into quirkier, more introspective zones. The music is supple, lively, and (surprisingly) guitar-less, anchored by the nuanced and always in-the-pocket rhythms of drummers John Arceneaux and Marion Tortorich. Moments on Super Vilaine recall the kinetic ensemble playing of Dexy’s Midnight Runners and The Dave Matthews Band, as well as the work of fellow Louisianans like Beausoleil. Tracks like “Hornets’ Nest” and the title number ride simmering rhythms while adding keyboard embellishments and deft vocal harmonies. More Gallicized are the hard-stomping “Parlez-Nous a Boire,” the saucy “One in the Hand,” and the rollicking, piano-centered “Little Darling.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their debut EP, Super Vilaine, the New Orleans septet Sweet Crude fuse Cajun and zydeco sounds with unlikely indie rock elements. There’s a freewheeling quality to the band’s music, taking them far afield from traditional sources. Shifting between French and English, lead vocalists Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft (who also plays a mean fiddle) help move the group beyond the expected party grooves into quirkier, more introspective zones. The music is supple, lively, and (surprisingly) guitar-less, anchored by the nuanced and always in-the-pocket rhythms of drummers John Arceneaux and Marion Tortorich. Moments on Super Vilaine recall the kinetic ensemble playing of Dexy’s Midnight Runners and The Dave Matthews Band, as well as the work of fellow Louisianans like Beausoleil. Tracks like “Hornets’ Nest” and the title number ride simmering rhythms while adding keyboard embellishments and deft vocal harmonies. More Gallicized are the hard-stomping “Parlez-Nous a Boire,” the saucy “One in the Hand,” and the rollicking, piano-centered “Little Darling.”

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Ratings and Reviews

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RBJAMO ,

Fabulous

Have seen Sweet Crude three times now. Chickie-Wah-Wah, music club in NOLA, Jazz Fest 2016 and last week in Tampa. They always have lit-up the place. Pure Fun.

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GO SEE THEM!!

Great, talented group!! Everyone in the room is bouncing in no time at all after they start to play! Great time is had by all when they are on stage!

Treehugginhobbit ,

Awesome

Sweet Crude is a fabulous band from Louisiana. This album is wonderful, start to finish. Their songs are super upbeat and will get your toes tapping and put you in a great mood just by listening. Don't miss out!

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