"Illegally Blind" is the oldest Cryptics song there is. Frank Nordaby, our original guitarist wrote the music to it back in 2003 when we were 13 & 14. We played it frequently between the two of us but it never was more than an instrumental with a silly title and we didn't really use it with the full band. Now over a decade later it finally appeared on our new album "Make Me Digital." Was happy to reach back and pull out the very first original thing we ever worked on and bring it to life with lyrics and a deeper meaning. ... See MoreSee Less
I never let any test pressings go but we’ve got some very good reasons to. Unfortunately all within less than the past year we’ve had 3 friends of the band all get seriously injured.
Mike Cantrell of the bands Slow Children & Blisster had his skull broken in multiple places in a horrible skateboarding fall. Was in a coma for a long time, fortunately clung to life and is now back with us. There was so much swelling in his brain that he lived without a skull for months, just recently getting it put back on. It was kept in a pressurized room in the meantime until the swelling went down. How crazy is that!?
Patrick Coughlin, drummer of Crystal Methodist got in an awful winter vehicle accident and from what I understand his foot had to be completely reconstructed after being shattered, amongst a broken collar bone and various muscle tearing. His band has been out of commission since this injury back in December, as he is still recovering. A major bummer on all parts.
Jason Kooken, a local punk rock veteran from the DC scene whose been part of this music since the 80’s was recently severely injured at a show when someone stagedove on him severely injuring his neck and back. Since then he’s had to slowly ease back into walking and motor skills. He’s looking better but still on a long road to recovery. He has been out of work since.
Not having health insurance is a nightmare in this country (and anywhere, I’d imagine). We are auctioning off 1 signed test pressing of our 2nd album “Continuous New Behavior” and 1 signed test pressing of our new album “Make Me Digital.” They are going together as a pair. Both records are signed on the B-side label. As I said, I never let these go before and no Cryptics test pressings of any kind have ever been sold or offered to the public. You will be the only one that has these that was not in the band. We will have a silent auction – simply send us a message on facebook with your offer on these. We will close the bidding Sunday morning. When it’s over you can pay via Paypal, Venmo, mail a money order, or cash in person if you’re a local. Whatever money is raised we will simply divide it in thirds and give each of our three seriously injured friends an equal portion. We will be taking nothing from this. We don’t expect to raise insane amounts of money, but please, do what you can. These are all good people that deserve whatever help we can give.