“Sweet Crude is an extremely exciting new group with haunting and mesmerizing vocals sung in Louisiana French and English.” -PopMatters
“Whether you speak English, Cajun French, both or neither, this is genuinely enjoyable music that breaks language barriers. If you’re a fan of many-membered pop ensembles like The Polyphonic Spree or The Most Serene Republic, you may very well dig these guys too.” -Brooklyn Vegan
Louisiana bilingual pop project Sweet Crude is a young 6-piece composed of New Orleans musicians creating a sound that sets English and Louisiana’s native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band, boasting surnames like Marceaux, Arceneaux, and Chachere, seeks to reconnect with their lineage in the context of 5-part harmonies, tribal rhythms, and pop hooks.
“We’re making the quirky, energetic compositions that we’d otherwise come up with given our indie rock influences. We’ve got five people playing drums, we’ve got everybody singing, shouting, and dancing. We’re just singing a lot of the time in Louisiana French. We want to show that the language is still alive and kicking, and that it sounds great in any genre,” says primary lyricist Sam Craft.
Sweet Crude debuted in Spring 2013 and have hit the ground running. Music from their EP Super Vilaine can be heard in FX’s American Horror Story and the band has been receiving generous amounts of plays nationally and internationally on public, satellite and internet radio, especially in Francophone areas. Sweet Crude has tested their frenetic sound on the road, packing venues from New Orleans to New York. Additionally, the band has been making the festival circuit throughout North America. Sweet Crude’s debut LP Créatures comes out in the Spring of 2017.
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[Consequence of Sound] An alluring indie pop record filled with playful rhythms and a genuine love for the Louisiana city By Michelle Geslani When most think of New Orleans, what usually comes to mind immediately are wild Mardi Gras celebrations, great jazz, and Cafe Du Monde’s famed beignets. Hailing from the Louisiana city, rising indie […]
[fuse.tv] “The title literally means ‘let the lazy,’” the Louisiana band say of their latest. “We liked the cross-language pun and the message that sometimes you have to take a chance.” Listen to the song on Fuse By Jeff Benjamin New Orleans is famous for its blend of American and French culture and it boasts […]
[PopMatters] By Sarah Zupko New Orleans’ Sweet Crude are just coming off a win for “Best Rock Band” at the Big Easy Awards and they recently thrilled audiences at Jazz Fest. Now, they have a new EP Critters releasing June 8th, highlighted by this premiere track, “Mon Esprit”. “Rock” doesn’t totally fit this eclectic band […]
[Brooklyn Vegan] By Andrew Sacher New Orleans’ Sweet Crude is a seven-piece band that includes Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft (who also play together as Alexis & the Samurai), Sam’s brother Jack, and more; and notably they have a strict “no guitars allowed” rule. Also notably, they sing in a mix of English and Cajun […]
[Off Beat Magazine] By Rory Callais Sweet Crude is about to play its first headlining show at Tipitina’s, and the members of the half–Louisiana French singing indie pop/rock band are fully celebrating. Family and friends are flooding the green room, enjoying beer and laughing over old stories. Keyboardist/trumpet player/vocalist Skyler Stroup takes candid pictures of […]