Nobody understands momentum quite like The Crowning. The Stroudsburg, PA melodic rock quartet formed in summer 2017 – and have already garnered thousands of plays online, been featured in The Huffington Post, and received airplay on numerous indie radio programs across Pennsylvania. But even though the group has amassed traction from the start, the story of The Crowning goes back more than a decade, and it’s those formative years that serve as the nexus of creativity for the band’s self-titled debut EP.
“I began writing a lot of new material and started playing the open mic circuit in the hopes of finding people to collaborate with,” explained singer and guitarist Micah Martin, who had relocated to Pennsylvania after a decade-long performance hiatus. “I happened to stumble into a little bar off the beaten path and Walter was hosting an open mic there so I got up and played a few of my originals. Ty happened to be there that night and said he loved what he heard and wanted to know if I needed a bass player.”
As it turned out, Lee and Nordstrom had been in bands together since high school. And after bringing in longtime friend and lead guitarist Ace Hendrix, The Crowning was up and running. “It was a natural fit from the start,” said Martin. “We joined up, rehearsed for a few weeks and went right into the studio.”
The result was The Crowning EP, the band’s self-titled 3-track debut offering that summons the spirits of classics like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, and fuses it with influences from modern rock contemporaries such as Incubus and Tool. Songs like “Stay” and “Hard to Find” are driven by soaring vocals and melodic riffs – and together have nearly 30k plays on SoundCloud.
Part of what makes The Crowning EP unique is their approach to releasing music. As the band says, releasing songs in singular fashion enables them to channel necessary resources to build momentum and connect with new listeners. They are already back in the studio recording another set of songs to be released as a second EP in the early part of 2018 which will be followed up shortly after with their first full-length album in late spring.
When asked about their motivations behind writing and performing Martin comments, “We want people to have a personal connection with our music. Writing and performing is an emotional and personal experience. When someone listens to one of our songs and they have an emotional response to it you know you’ve made that connection.”
The Crowning is currently available for in-person and phone interviews upon request. For booking and press inquiries, contact Holly Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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