ARTISTS: The Crack Pipes

The Crack Pipes


"The Crack Pipes are an Austin institution, ripping up Red River for the past 15 years. The quintet pummels out a garage blues that is unleashed with a punk catharsis and soulful swagger. It’s an impressive melding of styles that actually justifies their wide range of influences listed below (from Stax to SST). Though it’s been a while since the Pipes smoked out a new recording, their return to the stage in 2008 following guitarist Billy Steve Korpi’s diagnosis with Leukemia has helped brace the upstart Austin garage scene with a sense of the mid-Nineties tradition that preceded it. Few things match the Crack Pipes fervent energy onstage, led by the manic sermonizing of frontman Ray Pride"- Austin Sound