The Crooked Rugs
Sub-Genre: Western-Rock, Garage-Rock
Origin: Fort Collins, CO
Years: July 2019 – Present
Psych-rock band, The Crooked Rugs, formed in Fort Collins, Colorado. Consisting of Jayce Haley, Nolan Brumbach, Jay LeCavalier, and brothers, Rex and Finn Stowers, the band solidified in 2019 after years of university bands came to an end.
After cutting their teeth in the Fort Collins music scene, the band took the music into their own hands and released their first self-recorded EP, Eyes/Takes a Minute in July 2020. The following year the band released an additional two self-recorded full-length albums in 2021, IT! (January 2021) and THAT! (September 2021).
IT! demonstrates what The Crooked Rugs can do in a more freeform package with a wide array of expertly crafted songs that evoke a plethora of psych-rock influences. THAT! comes across as the opposite, as it displays how the band can harness a singular sonic idea and ride with it.
The Rugs started the next year by releasing a spaghetti-western titled Tales of the Great Western Sky (April 2022). A concept album that blended psych moments with classic western rock riffs. You can find them this year playing around the south and midwest. Check out the event page for more information
“The Crooked Rugs are a five-piece rock band from Fort Collins, and they recently performed at the FoCoMA Peer Awards at Washington’s. FoCoMA is the Fort Collins Musicians Association, which actively champions and supports artists and musicians in Northern Colorado.”
“In Northern Colorado, there has been an influential music scene not so quietly brewing. From pockets of this blooming musical hub, we have seen the rise of many notable acts who have spread their influence south to Denver like ZEMBU, The Yawpers, and Slow Caves. Now, it is time for the psych-rock part of this scene to take center stage. Their offering comes in the way of a quintet that has produced one of the most solid and impressive albums of the genre that has graced the front range. The name of this act is The Crooked Rugs, and they are not a group to soon forget.”
“The Crooked Rugs’ new LP, THAT! is what you’ve been searching for on that AM dial all of these years – something that manages to sound otherworldly and familiar at the same time. In their follow-up to January’s IT!, the band draws from every era of psychedelic rock, further refining their sound.”
“On their debut LP IT!, the Colorado quintet takes the compulsory ingredients of modern rock band instrumentation and creates something wonderfully foreign. Echoes of psych, prog, and garage rock resound, but each song is clearly the result of diligent experimentation.”