Crash Kings is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2006. The members are vocalist-keyboardist Antonio “Tony” Beliveau, his brother and bassist Mike Beliveau, and drummer Tom Roslak. The band’s self-titled debut album was released May 26, 2009 on Custard/Universal Motown. “Mountain Man”, the band’s first single, was released to U.S. modern rock radio stations in October, and entered Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart the following month. The band is known for using analog keyboards such as the Clavinet with distortion effects and a whammy bar in place of a typical lead guitar.
A few months after the band’s formation, the band drew the attention of rock musician, songwriter, and record producer Linda Perry, who met with vocalist/keyboardist Antonio Beliveau, and signed the group to her Custard Records label. After the band performed for Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Music Group’s Motown Records, Crash Kings were led to Dave Sardy, who produced the band’s eponymous debut album for Custard/Universal Motown. Released on May 26, 2009, the album reached number 30 on Billboard’s U.S. Top Heatseekers albums chart. The album’s first single, “Mountain Man”, entered the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in November and peaked at number one on March 28, 2010. The band has toured with such artists as Chris Cornell, Anberlin, Stone Temple Pilots, David Cook, Jet, The Bravery, Mason Jennings, and Rooney.
The band completed recording and released a new album titled Dark of the Daylight. The band had a great amount of difficulty releasing the album and turned to online crowd sourcing site Kickstarter in order to release it.