Sunday, May 27 | 3:35 PM
Surfacing from the house parties in northern New Jersey, Crazy & The Brains poured onto the punk scene like a 40oz of Olde English in a bowl of Frosted Flakes.
Founding members Jesus Christoph and Jeffrey Rubin made their rounds through the Lower East Side Manhattan open mic scene performing as a guitar/xylophone duo before manifesting into a full band and recording their debut album “Let Me Go” in 2013
Fiercely independent the lyrics confront social and political constructs, explore the dark territories of mental illness, champion sexual freedom and express a devoted love for junk food. Sonically, Crazy & The Brains draw comparison to the early days of New York Dolls while replacing every guitar lead with a xylophone solo.
The group released “Good Lord” in 2014 and “Brain Freeze” in 2015 followed by a string of singles and covers including a bratty and politically charged reworking of The Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane”
Forever evolving the group has had multiple arrangement and line up changes with the current configuration passing off guitar duties to newcomer Ernest Young, freeing up Christoph to spill himself out into the crowd while Rubin and bass player Brett Maverick hold down the stage and add Beach Boys-esque background harmonies. Drummer Jon Lango brings his ska/rocksteady skills to the party, also being a member of Vic Ruggiero’s (The Slackers) solo band, Lango’s experience and high energy perfectly compliment the groups distinctively bizarre charm.
Crazy & The Brains are currently in the studio with Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls) recording a follow up full length for 2017.