Edward Sharpe side project Crash made a debut in a small Colorado venue
Christopher Michael Richard, known as Crash on stage, has been a singer and percussionist with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros since the beginning of the band in 2009, following a four year career with the Deadly Syndrome. He has embarked on his own solo project and played his second set of his first tour last weekend in Telluride.
Screenshot of Crash's Motion Animal video
His album, Hardly Criminal composed of eleven songs, was was released in May. But, he has only played on stage a handful of times as his solo act. His set at Fly Me To The Moon Saloon in Telluride, part of the Ride festival, was the first time most fans learned about the big-name band member's one-man project.
"It's a chance for me to do something on my own, to put together the songs that I personally identify with," Richard (pronounced Ree-shard) says, explaining that his roots growing up in New Orleans influence his sound naturally. This sound shows up in his songs, which reflect a blues, roots and jazz sound.
"I was exposed to certain types of music, so when I play those sounds and those genres, they are are on "Hardly Criminal" by default. The soul song, Motion Animal, was just a natural idea and groove for me."
"Motion Animal" is Crash's first single. The video is set in a roaring Southern speakeasy.
Derrick Webb, owner of Fly Me To The Moon, Tellurides oldest venue, described Crash's performance as having an energized, established stage presence. With about 200 people at the show, he said only a handful of people knew to catch the Edward Sharpe solo act, and the rest were pleasantly surprised.
"I personality thought it was an amazing show," Webb said. "Similar to Edward Sharpe [and the Magnetic Zeros], but has more of a New Orleans feel, more rootsy. He has great songwriting skills and stories to tell." He sings with a guitarist, keyboardist, trumpet and drummer behind him.