Who We Are

Aaron Starkey \ Chris Crumpler \ Corey Passons \ Ross McGilvray

After weathering the underground Chicago indie circuit for a number of years, Illinois native, Aaron Starkey, packed up his guitars and moved west to the temperate environ of Seattle. Meanwhile, Washington State natives Corey Passons and Ross McGilvary, both former founding members of the gritty regional rock act, Preston Mill, wanted to stretch their creative legs beyond the tried and true form that Mill established during its long, successful tenure in the Northwest music scene.

A serendipitous meeting revealed a mutual affinity for Class A amps, thinline telecasters, heartfelt melodies, chips, and salsa. Their desire for honest, straightforward songcraft, deeply rooted in the tradition of Neil Young, Built to Spill, and The Jayhawks, further fueled the three musicians, and Spanish for 100 was born in the spring of 2002.

In the months that followed, Spanish for 100 performed countless shows and regional tours, culminating in their first full-length effort, Newborn Driving (released December 2003), produced by the notorious Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, The Shins).

It was the summer of 2004, and after a relentless performance schedule in support of Newborn, the band swept back into the studio, again with Phil Ek at the helm, recording the follow-up EP, Metric. However, the drum chair had been a revolving door.
Though the band itself yielded a healthy cache of talented drummer friends volunteering their services toward the cause, schedules and prior commitment conflicts prevented the band from securing a permanent replacement for the job.

Enter Chris Crumpler, another Spokane native and classiclly schooled percussionist. A veteran of the northwest music scene Chris has brought a strong presense to the drum throne enabled his survival during Spanish for 100’s 542nd drummer audition.

Based on the foundation of a successful national radio campaigns and two succefsul national tours (performing blistering sets to eager audiences at such notable clubs as Schubas in Chicago and Pianos in Manhattan’s Lower East Side),
Spanish for 100 will hit the road for their third national tour in April of 2006.

Spanish for 100 was one designated “Your New Favorite Band” by John Richards, DJ and Host of the Morning Show on KEXP http://kexp.org.