Damn Crows is a music project produced and managed by Ben Hanson, which since its reincarnation in 2010 has seen many collaborations.
- 10.01.14 = Damn Crows release preview image titled ‘Musical Interlude’, first revealing new material is in the works and to be produced throughout 2014
- 22.12.13 = Damn Crows producer Ben Hanson confirmed EP earlier announced as a cancelled project, but says new material ‘is a possibility and something we’re definitely thinking about’ for 2014.
- 01.05.13 = Damn Crows plan to release a ‘Mini EP’ this year, no release date announced.
- 25.02.13 = Damn Crows release ‘Unknown‘, the all new debut album by Damn Crows with 14 tracks of awesome.
…more news here [soon]
Released: 17th April 2011
Produced by / Recorded by: Ben Hanson exc. Track 2 produced by Rob Crossley
Vocals by: Ben Hanson, Simon Caddy
Debenhams Robs Piano Can't Fight This Feeling Harmonica Song Chill Anthem Debenhams (Instrumental) African Flute of Debenhams (only on later re-release)
Hystorical Atmos / The Rivers Voice
Produced by / Recorded by: Ben Hanson
Hystorical Atmos The Rivers Voice Intro Pluto Calling Wake Up Medley The Right Vibe Combined Harvester (featuring Simon Caddy, Lee Tonks)
The Red Guitar
Produced by / Recorded by: Ben Hanson
The Red Guitar Intro The Beach Sand Story (Instrumental) The Busker (Hidden Track "Helix") Melody Metronome (Hidden Track "Retro Run")
Produced by / recorded by Ben Hanson. All tracks but Tracks 2, 11, produced by Ben Hanson, Tracks 2, 11 produced by Ben Hanson and Simon Caddy.
Intro Debenhams Rocktro Piécato The Mixture Harmonica Song The Rivers Voice Chill Anthem Hystorical Atmos The Right Vibe The African Flute of Debenhams The Red Guitar The Beach Sand Story (Instrumental) Melody Metronome (Hidden Track 'Retro Run')
Simon Caddy: Debenhams, I Can’t Fight This Feeling
Robert Crossley: Rob’s Piano, I Can’t Fight This Feeling
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Damn Crows is a band created by Ben Hanson, which recently got the name Damn Crows after years of thinking what name to have. The first reincarnation of the band arose in 2005 when Ben Hanson starting writing lyrics from times in his life based around relationships, moments in life and sometimes just utter randomness, some of these ended up being mainstream singles by big name bands.
It wasn’t until 2008 that any music was created by Ben and it admittedly wasn’t very good, and annoyingly no music created could implement the lyrics that had been written over the years. Ben
continues to write lyrics even today as time goes by and things shift in his life, but creating a song to fit them has always been a challenge.
Due to this, Ben started developing instrumentals and a song called ‘The Right Vibe’ was created. However life took over and it wasn’t until 2011 when the inspiration to try again arose in the purchase of an iPad.
“I found it inspiring how Damon Albarn could create an album all by himself just on a little
iPad”, Ben referring to the 2010 (2011 physical) Gorillaz album ‘The Fall’ created entirely on an iPad. This resulted in a few projects and before you knew it Ben had created some more instrumentals.
After this Ben teamed up with a friend Simon Caddy to produce what would the debut single ‘Debenhams’. Debenhams was a basic single to say the least, had a catchy rhythm and the easiest to remember lyrics ever. The single also contained quite a selection of B-Sides including some proudly made instrumentals including ‘Chill Anthem’ and a song created plainly due to a bet ‘The Harmonica Song’, just to prove that a song with a Harmonica at lead could be made. The single was released and available on iTunes on the 17th April 2011 as a free single and is still available now. The single was also available through the RKUK Media website and included the B-Sides and a Digital Booklet. In early 2011 the single was extended with follow up single ‘African Flute of Debenhams’.
After releasing Debenhams, Damn Crows decided that the second single would be a double A Side of instrumentals, but would feature some usual surprises in the B-Sides. The single ‘Hystorical Atmos / The River Voice’ was released on 1st July and was the first single to be completely instrumental. The singles and b-sides all shared a more digital feel to them and dark sounded using synth effects as the main instrument.
The bonus track was a bit of random banta, the cover of Combined Harvester was added as a free extra.
The third single was later added to the Debenhams single, the single African Flute of Debenhams is now available.
January 2013 it was announced the forth single from Damn Crows would be called The Red Guitar and was released on the 7th January 2013.
Damn Crows officially unveiled the debut album ‘Unknown’ on the 25th February 2013, a week after an exclusive first hearing was held. Other than featuring all released singles, Unknown contained over 9 new songs marking its 14 track listing.