In 2007, my husband (Dan Crow) and I founded The Electric Mess, a rock band, with our friend, and bass-player, Derek Davidson.
We just released our 4th album, we play out locally, about once a month, and have also toured the East Coast, Mid-West, and
Europe, three times.  

 

Past musical projects include Auto Bonfire, a new wave/post-punk band I founded with Derek Davidson, and DEVA,
a female-fronted Devo cover band I founded with Chezza Zoeller.

 

Before 2004, I was mostly acting. My first solo show, People Like Us, (2001 New York Int'l Fringe Festival) received acclaim from the Village Voice "...(Crow) writes and performs with charm and compassion." From 2002–2004, I co-founded and produced (with Caitlin McClure and Erin Keating) a sketch comedy group called "Faulty Logic", which had three runs at Under St. Marks Theater in the East Village. In 2009, I played multiple roles in two of Trav S.D.’s plays: Willy Nilly, which sold out its 2009 NY Fringe Festival run at Dixon Place, and was part  of the Fringe Encore Series at The Actors Playhouse, and Kitsch, which ran in November '09 at Theater For
The New City.

 

In June 2010, I premiered my second solo show (directed by Rabeah Ghaffari), Death is a Scream, at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, which also had a run later that year at Zora Space in Park Slope.  “A Toast to Memo”, a short film I wrote and acted in, based on a character from Death is a Scream (directed by Mai La Thai), received “Official Honoree” status for the 2010 Webby Awards.

 

In 2011, I co-starred in a New Pornographers video for their song "Moves", directed by Tom Scharpling, sharing the screen with Horatio Sanz, Wyatt Cenac and many other funny people. I played a lead role (Francoise) in Robert Honeywell's rock opera, Mass, which ran April, 2013 at the Brick Theater. And most recently, I starred as Gloria Holden in Derek Davidson's short film "Moving Pictures", released in March, 2016.

CURRENT BAND:

The Electric Mess

 

Since forming in the Summer of 2007, THE ELECTRIC MESS has developed into a tight and exciting live rock n' roll band, led by the androgynous and dynamic Esther Crow. Featuring reverb-drenched guitars, fuzz bass, and Farfisa organ, they combine British Invasion, 60's garage-punk, futuristic surf rock, psychedelic pop, and early R&B stylings. The Electric Mess will release their 4th album on Sound Flat Records (Germany) this Fall. For more information, please visit
The Electric Mess.

 

Photo by Heron Furtwangler

Past Projects

Auto Bonfire

Auto Bonfire is a New York City-based post-punk/new wave band formed by Esther Crow (synthesizer, vocals) and Derek Davidson (bassist). Inspired by a love for bands like Joy Division and Duran Duran, Auto Bonfire blends a new romantic sound with a post-punk edge. For more information, please Auto Bonfire.

Photo by Veronica Ibarra

DEVA

Self-proclaimed “rock n’ roll cheerleaders for Devo”, Chezza Zoeller and Ezza Crow started whipping up Devo for the masses in October, 2004. Since then, they’ve played such esteemed joints as Irving Plaza (opening for Super Diamond), Webster Hall (Opening for Le Tigre) and Ruca Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (special guest of artist and Devo lead singer, Mark Mothersbaugh). With choreographed dance moves, special effects, rotating Devo-inspired clone costumes, and their very own MOOGIE boy, they keep each performance fresh and weirdly entertaining! DEVA is on an extended hiatus since Chezza moved to L.A., however, whenever she is in NYC they've been known to reunite for a gig or two. Check back here for more updates!" with this: For more information, please visit  DEVA.

Photo: DEVA opening for Le Tigre, Webster Hall, 2005 
Photo by Unknown

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