It’s always a sad day when one of your favourite bands calls it quits, and I am feeling that sadness today.
I was lucky enough to see the band play here in Vancouver last year when they toured with Girlschool, and it was an amazing show. Crucified Barbara were thunder and lightning, power and fury, pure essence of rock and roll on stage. They shook the floor and they almost blew the roof off the venue.
Crucified Barbara started out in 1998, and they’ve played gigs all over the world, sharing stages with rock and roll royalty like Girlschool, Motörhead, Doro, Sepultura, Velvet Revolver, and Black Sabbath.
‘In The Red’, the band’s last album, was an absolute masterpiece. I picked it as my favourite album the year it came out and I still love it to pieces. The band was good before ‘In The Red’, but that album was something special: it felt like it wasn’t just Crucified Barbara’s music, but Crucified Barbara’s heart and guts and brains and soul – everything they were as a band and as people seemed to come through on that album. If that is the band’s final musical statement to the world, then that’s a high note for sure.
I wish the band members nothing but good things for the future. And I’ll try to drown my sorrows by listening to ‘In The Red’ on repeat.
- Read my review of ‘In The Red’
- Read my gig-review from Crucified Barbara’s gig at Venue in Vancouver.
Two of my favourite Crucified Barbara quotes from an interview with CrypticRock.com:
“A friend of mine who plays music has two daughters, and they like our band. One of the girls was looking at one of our videos and asked, “Mommy, can boys play Rock and Roll too?” ”
– Mia Coldheart
Q. … Ida Evileye, you are Crucified Barbara’s bass guitarist. Who would you say are your top three favorite bass guitar players of all time?
Ida Evileye – Geezer Butler, Geezer Butler, and…..Geezer Butler, totally.”
Have a look back at my Crucified Barbara Track Picks:
Crucified Barbara blew my mind with their stunning album In The Red, released in 2014. You can read my breathless review here. ‘Lunatic #1’ is one of the awesome tracks off that awesome album, and with a video that includes Mia Coldheart riding a white horse through the Swedish woods… well, I’d say it should be everyone’s track of the day.
Catch Crucified Barbara on tour in North America this spring: they are headlining with Girlschool, with openers Old James, and Velvet Black!
CRUCIFIED BARBARA “I Sell My Kids For Rock’N’Roll”
Crucified Barbara’s album In The Red was my favourite release in 2014, and this track shows many of the reasons why: the band rocks out hard with total passion and are in complete command of their considerable skills.
It’s a stellar tune with a whole lot of bite.