MrCrippin is a Vancouver based band with a sound that is original but not unlike something you’ve heard before – you just can’t put your finger on it. It’s a guitar-based sound with deep plodding rhythms, from epic room-filling walls of sound to intimate acoustic ditties. The band is founded by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Chris Crippin, joined by guitarist Tarek Elneweihi, bassist Shawn Moran, and drummer Phil Gardner. “We love it all, so we play the kinds of things we like.”
The band draws on Crippin’s long track record as a professional musician. In his early years, Chris worked on over 130 records as a drum tech and session drummer, turning down multiple offers to become a touring tech until he joined Bif Naked in 1999. He recorded the “Purge” record with her while touring extensively and filming videos. While in Bif’s band, Crippin also maintained other projects including Sun Like Star, Gasm, The Human Resistance Program, 7Lies, and Noise Therapy.
After his time with Bif Naked, Crippin spent 11 years as drummer for Hedley, dominating the Canadian music scene with multiple Juno nominations, multiple platinum records, regular TV appearances, arena tours, MuchMusic Video Awards, and philanthropy that would take them around the world. Chris is the recipient of multiple awards, including Socan/songwriting awards, MuchMusic Video awards, 18 number one videos, multiple gold and platinum records, and 3 Junos.
MrCrippin rises from the ashes of Hedley. After being fired from the group, Crippin wrote and perfected material with new band members until they were ready to perform their first gig in September of 2018. The new music is rock that knows no bounds, from scorching guitar riffs to acoustic sing alongs, soaring melodies to hearty screams. MrCrippin is an intense, guitar based exploration which will seek to blend a sense of “never before heard” with the comfort of a familiar feeling and sound.