Upper Crust


Upper Crust
Delusions of Grandeur
Upper Crust, LTD
ADDS 4/18/17

"...merges the cliches of the spoiled rock star and the contemptuous nobleman; its witty rip-offs of AC/DC, Cheap Trick, and the Buzzcocks excoriate the poor and celebrate the pleasures of wealth and dissipation.” - Chicago Reader

As the new President’s gold plated term begins, the Upper Crust seem more necessary than ever. Their costumed madness sends up the aristocracy with biting sarcasm and more than a little rock guitar riffage. Bands from Little Richard to the Rolling Stones to Elton John and Lady Gaga have used costume and masquing to magnificent effect, but they have nothing on the gentleman of the Crust. Their fifth studio album Delusions of Grandeur will arrive on April 7th on their record label Upper Crust, LTD with distribution via Red-Eye Worldwide. Produced by David Minehan (the Neighborhoods, Replacements, Paul Westerberg) the new album will give the seething nation a much-needed dose of butt-shaking satirical badassery.

Upper Crust began in 1994 as an admittedly frivolous and comical concept, with no expectation but to entertain a few friends, that to everyone’s surprise immediately took on a vigorous momentum of its own that continues to accelerate to this day. Two decades later the band has toured the United States and Europe, appeared on television’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, played with bands like Aerosmith and the Go-Gos and performed at festivals including All Tomorrow’s Parties and Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme. In addition, the band placed a song in Guitar Hero and have written the theme for the History Channel’s American Daredevils; they were also the subject of a full-length documentary film, produced a half-hour pilot for VH1, and were immortalized as animated characters in the children’s TV show Codename: Kids Next Door. Now that they have worked the kinks out, they are ready to take the concept to its natural conclusion, which appears to be no less than massive, worldwide acclaim and, incidentally, riches beyond imagining.

The band consists of the Lord Bendover and the Duc d’Istortion on guitar, Count Bassie on bass (replacing Lord Rockingham and Marquis Mark, who left the band after the first year to pursue less lofty ambitions) and Jackie Kickassis on drums.

In the two decades of its existence, the band has won devoted fans around the world and secured beyond dispute its position as the nest purveyor of 18th-Century Rocque and Roll to the most demanding aficionados of the genre.

RIYL: AC/DC, Cheap Trick, The Darkness, Andrew W.K.
TRY: #1, 3, 6

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