Plastic Crimewave was born one Steven H Krakow and was quickly drawn to colorful comic books, the Byrds and Mad Magazine, and it’s basically been a straight line ever since, delving deeper into 60’s psychedelia, cartooning and all things vibrationally bizarre. He is the brainchild creator of the Galactic Zoo Dossier, a hand-drawn psychedelic culture mag, published by Drag City, as well as numerous album covers (for Drag City, Locust, Birdman, The Strawbs, etc), posters (Incredible string Band, Witchcraft, Josephine Foster), illustrations, etc. He’s freelanced writing and art for Arthur, Stop Smiling, Roctober, Signal To Noise, Time Out Chicago, etc.
He also heads up the Plastic Crimewave Sound, a spaced-out acid punk ensemble inspired by the underground sounds of Velvet Underground, Krautrock, biker jams and freeform musics. So far there’s been 4 LPs and the group has toured w/Acid Mothers Temple, Oneida, the Ponys, Zolar X, Comets on fire, etc and has played festivals in LA, Montreal, NY etc. Crimewave runs the Galactic Zoo Disk reissue label imprint on large indie Drag City; conducts the Vision Celestial Guitarkestras (of up to 70 guitarists, from Chicago to NY), does the “Secret History of Chicago Music” comic strip for the Chicago Reader; toured and collaborates w/many from Japan (and has toured there). He has booked the “Million Tongues” festivals in conjunction with the esteemed Empty Bottle club, featuring international players like Bert Jansch, Terry Reid, Tony Conrad, Michael Yonkers, Simon Finn, Mark Fry, etc.
He’s been exhibited internationally, including at the MCA, and has been profiled in LA Weekly, Mojo, Magnet, SPIN, Blackbook, Fader, Stop Smiling, Chicago Reader and a buncha zines….
Take your ears backward & forward in time with some Plastic Crimewave tunes!