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Biography

  • Years Active

    1987 – present (32 years)

  • Founded In

    Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States

There are at least two artists with this name:
1. Noise rock/post-harcore/math rock band from Cleveland, Ohio
2. Hip-hop artist from Ventura, California

1) Craw belonged to the harder-edged branch of the math rock or post hardcore movement, in the same category as bands such as Colossamite, Keelhaul, Zeni Geva, Dazzling Killmen, and Ruins. Craw were an underground band from Cleveland, Ohio, initially active from 1988 through 2002. From 1993 through 2002, craw released four full-length albums.

Formed at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, the group originally consisted of David McClelland and Rockie Brockway on guitars, and Chris Apanius on bass. Vocalist Joe McTighe and drummer Lori Davis joined soon after, and in 1990, that lineup recorded a self-titled demo. In the fall of 1990, Lori Davis left the group and was replaced by Neil Chastain. The new lineup recorded a second demo, Celephais, as well as several singles and the band's first, self-titled album. Apanius and Chastain left the group in 1994 and 1995, respectively, and were replaced by Zak Dieringer and Will Scharf.

Craw amassed a local following in the early ’90s, often performing at Cleveland's Euclid Tavern, and during the mid-to-late ’90s, they toured North America frequently, sharing bills with bands such as the Jesus Lizard, Melvins and Neurosis.

The group's first three full-length recordings - 1993's Craw, 1994's Lost Nation Road and 1997's Map, Monitor, Surge - were recorded with the help of Steve Albini. The last release, entitled Bodies for Strontium 90, was engineered by Bill Korecky at Mars Studios, and is available on the indie label Hydra Head Records.

In late 2015, Northern Spy Records reissued craw's first three albums as a limited-edition vinyl box set. The band reunited for two concerts in March of 2016. All seven members that appeared on craw's four studio albums performed at these shows.

2) Craw (formerly Crawdad) is an American rapper from Ventura, California. He is one-half of the Hip-Hop duo Character Assassins. He has shared the microphone with some of Hip-Hop's greatest talent including Chino XL, Slaine and Blueprint. Craw's music has charted around the globe, and he continues to release new music frequently; dropping over 30 singles between 2017 & 2018.

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