Stomping, swinging, rejoicing...
The Crux is a mad scientist’s music laboratory, where songs are presented as theatrical performances with an odd and beautiful intensity. Skilled actor Josh Windmiller leads the troupe of talented multi-instrumentalists from stage to studio and back again, where they draw on musical styles including New Orleans brass, klezmer, 1920's swing, and our native Northern California barn stomp.
Windmiller’s songwriting is alchemical, boiling folk music into the present with an immediacy that refuses to play it safe. The Crux’s live show is an adventurous happening with such attractions as a driving jazz number using an 8 foot chain and pipe wrench for percussion sounds, a Cab Calloway tribute, and a ballad in which the audience is prompted to howl along like wild dogs during a mournful trombone solo. The band’s recordings are equally provocative landscapes of character and sound, engineered to excite and haunt.
Similar to: Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello, The Devil Makes Three
Contact: Josh Windmiller