The debut album by The Great Crusades album was released by Mud Records in 1997, and its sound and lyrics quickly created a cult following for the band.
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke wrote, “The Great Crusades look at life through a shot-glass lens . . . mixing anger, muscle, and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer (Krumm) who’s got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose’s love child.”
The album was reissued in Europe in 1998 by the German indie Trocadero Records, and the first of many European tours followed.