James T. Farris X: Vocals Justin Warren: Bass Jared Brown: Guitar Scott Rozell: Drums
Moral Crux started in 1983 with James joining up with guitar player Jeff Jenkins to kick things off. James was in a cover band that played Clash and Sex Pistols and New York Dolls prior to Moral Crux, and there was a split in direction when James wanted to do more original material while some of the other members wanted to become more commercially acceptable. James quit that band and then met Jeff who played guitar and was into a lot of the same music. They got together and wrote some songs and a revolution was soon born. Along the way they added drummer Jody Kimmell and the renowned bass player in Justin Warren.
Thriving in the west coast underground scene, and being featured in countless magazines of the time including "Maximum Rock n' Roll, Flipside, Music Connection and tons of independent fanzines they soon became known as "pioneers" in their genre.
Moral Crux is often credited with bridging the gap between "anarcho-political punk" and "pop punk".
It wasn't long before they caught the eye of former "Lookout Records" owner Larry Livermore, and frontman of "Screeching Weasel" Ben Weasel.
Larry Livermore took a cue from Ben Weasel when he said"Someone better sign these guys quick, before they are huge"
They did and and in 1989 they recorded their first album for Lookout Records entitled "The Side Effects of Thinking" which was poorly distributed at the time and re-released in 1991 to critical praise and led to two more of Lookout Records top sellers of the time "Something More Dangerous" and "Pop Culture Assassins".
The band rotated between Lookout and Coldfront Records until 2001's "Pop Culture Assassins".
Taking a clue from Lookout Records obvous financial woes, Moral Crux retired from the label, and for the most part, from music all together, although various side projects continued, including Scott Rozell's band "Scatterbox" which has recently been making a big impression on both critics and fans.
Fast forward to 2007. Moral Crux has re-united with all original members and is releasing a double LP/cd of the legendary long out of print 1984 debut album and E-bay treasure entitled simply "Moral Crux".
Originally released on the relatively small Velvetone records, it is recieving a complete remastering by good friends and renowned producer Mass Giorgini, and is being released with 16 bonus tracks.
This reunion of sorts has been making magazine headlines, and online news stories for the better part of 2007, and after a couple of setbacks the album is finally off to press.
Word of mouth alone has spread like wildfire, and the hype of Moral Crux playing once again with an all original lineup is making waves not only in the U.S, but overseas as well.
||Seattle, WA United States
||1983 (36 years ago)