After that Werner Fuchs joined his school colleagues Robert and Harald to play the guitar. They practised their first songs at the rooms of the music club from Edelsbach. The first gig of the band was at the "Postwirt" in Tober/Passail, Austria on 31.10.1994. Back then they were known as "Insanity" and mostly played cover songs. After that they had 3 more gigs in the district of Feldbach. In 1995 the band participated in the "Pop-Odrom" band competition in Vienna, but failed at the first round.
They had some gigs at parties including self-organised concerts. The rest of the year passed by without many incidents and ended with a bad gig. Their music didn't hit the taste of the people at the "Vespa" Meeting in Riegersburg. The reactions were bad and beer was thrown on the stage.
Concluding the bad end of the year for the band Katja quit the band because of pregnancy. In 1996 the band reconfigured with the remaining 5 members and changed their name to "Le Craval", a word creation of Strassi (bass). Willi wrote a new song named "Mädchen brauchen länger" founding the new style of Le Craval: german lyrics for several voices and simple melodies. They re-enlisted the "Pop-Odrom" contest in Vienna and got a better rating, but didn't win the first round though. The recordings of their song "Mädchen brauchen länger" at the "Pop-Odrom" contest were corrupt.
To conclude this year they performed at the "1. Fehringer Rockfest" and gained a lot of fans at this legendary gig. Strassi did an impressive destruction of his bass guitar. In 1997 a lot of work lead to their third rehearsal room in Rohr. The band participated at the "Pop-Odrom" contest for the third time and concluded with a mediocre placing because of motivational problems.
They had their first headliner position at the "Feldbacher Lumberjack-Festival" with a huge crowd of 1500 visitors. They first performed the songs "Wie du bist" at the "Ilzer Teichfestival" and "Wenn ich Gott wär" at the HLW-prom in Weiz. In the months of september to december they recorded their first CD "Bitte zu Tisch" at Rene Pettinger's in Eggersdorf and the S-Mix-Studio in Pöllau. In January 1998 they faced a huge problem when the CDs didn't arrive for the release. In February they finally could give the release party in the "Feldbacher Volkshaus" with a total of 600 visitors.
The first pressing of 1000 CDs was bought by fans in the first months after the release. The year 1998 turned out to be really great for the band with 35 gigs in front of up to 2000 people. Their songs were played at austrian radio stations FM4 and Radio MPV and they gained popularity. They played their gigs along with other bands like Chokebore, Such A Surge, Shy, Naked Lunch, Ausseer Hardbradler.
Finally a jury voted them into the austrian radio station's Ö3 project "pop!". In 1999 they recorded two songs at the Wiener Funkhaus for the project "pop!". Unfortunately there was not much advantage out of this project. "Bitte zu Tisch" was sold another 2000 times although without a Label or marketing company. This lead to a participation at the "Forestglade Festival" in Wiesen with Bloodhound Gang, Die Fantastischen Vier, Creed and many more.
They performed twice at the "Donauinselfest" in Vienna and had a gig in Lustenau (Vorarlberg, Austria). Soon the first record label offered a contract, but at first it was not signed by the band. The official band homepage went online at www.lecraval.at. In 2000 Thomas Zsifkovits from Oberwart, organizer of the "Mind over Matter" Festival and innkeeper at the OHO became manager of Le Craval. The band recorded their second CD "Keine Ahnung" at Andy Beit's in Graz.
The record label for this CD was "Edel-Records Austria". Another gig at Wiesen at the "2-Days-A-Week" Festival with Blink 182, Deftones and Farmer Boys followed. The CD release parties at the Chelsea in Vienna and the "Feldbacher Volkshaus" were a complete success. In 2001 the band did their management themselves after disagreements with Thomas Zsifkovits. He is still responsible for the booking of the band though.
Then there were 15 concerts all over Austria and in 2002 9 further gigs followed. They performed at their last concert in Studenzen. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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