When he wasn’t working as the right hand man to singer songwriters, Crit was writing and producing his own original songs, piling up an impressive list of film and TV credits including NCIS, Blue Bloods, Justified, Rescue Me and Agent Carter.
Most recently he has released his first solo CD, "Welcome to the New World". The 10 song collection is held together loosely by political observations on the current state of the world, and often ventures into dark storytelling featuring apocalypse prepares, zombies, stoners, and most notably a ham radio philosopher who often serves as the albums narrator and untrustworthy observer of society. He credits the idea for the use of a narrator to the 1975 Parliament release “Mothership Connection”, and the bizarre cast of characters and tongue in cheek approach to dark issues to his love for the lyrics of Warren Zevon and Leonard Cohen.
The music itself features a modern production approach often using electronic drums and loops, but with deep roots in 70’s retro stylings and a dash of 60’s psychedlia. Songs “I’ve been Dreaming”, “Feels Like the 60’s” and “Welcome to the New World” use a Curtis Mayfieldesque wah wah pedal electric guitar, the steady ballad “Bunker Bbaby” is driven by a surfier lead guitar while a funky groove reminiscent of James Browns band drives“Watcha Watchin” Now”.
On the concept for the “Welcome to the New World”
“A few years ago a band mate from high school sent me a lyric idea for a song called “Bunker Baby”. The song was about an unhinged survivalist prepper who had built an underground bunker and was looking for a lover to live with him in the bunker after the inevitable apocalypse hit. As I reworked the lyric and developed the song I became fascinated with the character and wrote a few other songs in his voice-“Watcha Watching Now?”, “I’ve Been Dreaming” and "Radio Silence”. I imagined him holed up in his bunker broadcasting his music and rants on a ham radio to whomever was still alive and listening. At the time I was binge watching “The Walking Dead”, which dragged me further into the apocalypse and inspired the songs “You Won’t Die” and “Secret Religion. Then more songs came triggered by protest marches on the news, the Trump election, terrorist attacks and international war mongering. At some point working away in my basement studio I realized why the ideas were flowing so easily….I was the guy down in the Bunker and the world was going crazy.“