Sweet Crude


Louisiana bilingual pop project Sweet Crude is a young seven-piece band 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 four-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. Their music can be already 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 One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans to Joe’s Pub in New York City. Additionally, the band has been selected for several festivals in 2014, including Festival International in Lafayette, French Quarter Fest in New Orleans, and Acadie Rock in New Brunswick, Canada, among others. The band is touring actively in support of their debut EP Super Vilaine throughout 2014.

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Video 7/9/2014: Sweet Crude

The New Orleans–based indie rock group blends progressive music with South Louisiana’s French-speaking tradition.

Sweet Crude