WINGS DENIED became a cohesive unit in February 2012. Three months later, the band self-released the Awake EP and ran out of free Bandcamp downloads, being downloaded 200 times in less than 24 hours. After releasing their first EP, the band embarked on a 14-day East Coast tour, co-headlining with Canadian progressive trio The Isosceles Project. The Awake EP was well-received, and was called “truly progressive in a landscape of music where progressive is becoming a dirty word.” Other critics praised the band’s “organic sound” and “[ability] to stand out from the ocean of copycats.”
After embarking on another five-day tour in January 2013, WINGS DENIED released The Split EP with North Carolina’s As Oceans, followed by a 30-day headlining tour supported by Philadelphia’s A Minor Error. Immediately after this tour, WINGS DENIED enlisted renowned producer/engineer Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me, Scale The Summit, The Human Abstract) to record their first full-length LP. In October 2013, band released a single named “Generation Y,” which is lauded as being “filled with borderline-obsessively intricate guitar and drum parts, soaring vocals, and massive production.” The band released their debut album “Mirror’s For A Prince” in early 2014 and continue to write new music and tour throughout the US.
Ryan Hobbs and Stephen Smith joined in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the band released the Technicians EP and built a reputation for intense and energetic live shows.
The next few years were spent writing and playing with other groups—Navid in Drop Electric, Steve in Drop Electric and FUNKMNKYZ, Nick in Gunblade X and Ryan in Grey Sky Eternal.
An NYC based 3 piece, Calm & Crisis delivers wild, dynamic live performances with an in your face attitude coupled with introspective lyrics and relatable stories. A perfect mix of punk and indie rock, this group doesn’t shy away from stripping their music down to it’s bare bones. Calm & Crisis never hesitates to push themselves or their audiences, embracing the spirit of what live music can be.