by David Gimpel
Crumb is a band on the rise. The four-piece psychedelic outfit played their first ever show in Detroit at the Majestic Theater to a full house.
Crumb’s music is a heady mix of downtempo and groove that’s an ideal companion on a drive home from a night out. Vocalist and guitarist Lila Raman’s style is reminiscent of Trish Kennan of the band Broadcast, which is a clear influence. Jonathan Gilad kept the beat going with his jazzy drumming while Jessie Brotter laid down some sick bass grooves. Synth keyboardist Brian Arrow occasionally busted out an alto sax for dramatic effect. Their musical chemistry imbued the setlist with an infectious momentum. Songs from their first two EPs were stretched out, allowing this talented outfit to let loose. The music’s hypnotic effect was enhanced by the trippy projections floating on the band.
Crumb feels like they’re here to stay and are only going to get better from here. They released their debut album, Jinx, earlier this year, whose songs composed part of the setlist. Do not miss this band next time around. If sprawling psychedelic indie rock is your jam, Crumb needs to be on your radar. Anyone who saw them live shares the feeling that it was a remarkable performance. It was an “I was there before they blew up” kind of shows.