Artist info

Genre

Rock, Roots


Sounds like

Apocalyptica, Gogol Bordello, The Decemberists, Barons of Tang, Alamaailman Vasarat, Kultur Shock, Secret Chiefs 3


band members

Jess Randall - violin/nickelharpa/vox Gordon Wallace - guitar/bouzouki/cittern/vox Mark Stevens - double bass Joe Gould - drums/marimba/vox


Influences

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, We Lost the Sea, The Dirty Three, Refused


Website

www.crookedfiddleband.com

Bio

The Crooked Fiddle Band are based in Sydney, Australia, and formed in 2006 through our mutual love of the energy and intensity of various traditional world music.

Whilst writing and arranging, we discovered that this energy was shared by the other music we love: there seems to be a common thread between the frenetic accompaniment of gypsy, klezmer and punk rock; between the twisting rhythms of math-metal and balkan folk; between the clear tonalities of Scandinavian folk, Celtic folk, and cinematic post rock.

All these influences went into the mix, but what came out was The Crooked Fiddle Band. The sound we love is dark and often driving, but also writhing and ecstatic. We’ve jumped around with whirling crowds at festivals, bars and dirty warehouse parties throughout Europe and Australia and also played our more cinematic sounds in the Opera Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.

This music we’ve sometimes called ‘chainsaw folk’ – even though we’re pro-conservation – but others have called it “14th century Romanian metal”, “thrash folk”, “whirlwind gypsy” and even “what Sepultura would sound like if they provided the soundtrack to a hyperactive version of O Brother Where Art Thou.” So whilst the search continues for a name for our genre, we’re mainly concerned with making music with melody, energy and intensity.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

08 Sep 2019

Triple J
35

Woah! So good to get a reminder of how these guys can handle their instruments with chaos and class.

Woah! So good to get a reminder of how these guys can handle their instruments with chaos and class.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

21 Mar 2014

Triple J
40

You'd never expect The Crooked Fiddle Band to sound like this but, woah, it works really well. Ribongia's knack for big bassy sounds combined with the cut up instruments of TCFB make this feel super-sized.

You'd never expect The Crooked Fiddle Band to sound like this but, woah, it works really well. Ribongia's knack for big bassy sounds combined with the cut up instruments of TCFB make this feel super-sized.