36 Crazyfists
36 Crazyfists
Background Information
A.K.A. 36CF
Origin Kenai, Alaska
Genre Metalcore
Years active 1994-present
Label(s) Roadrunner
DRT Entertainment
Brock Lindow
Steve Holt
Thomas Noonan
Brett Makowski
Former Members
JD Stuart
Ryan Brownell
Mick Whitney

36 Crazyfists are a four-piece metal band originating from Kenai, Alaska. They are now based in Portland, Oregon. The band's name comes from a Jackie Chan movie, The 36 Crazy Fists.[1] They have released six studio albums, In the Skin, Bitterness the Star, A Snow Capped Romance, Rest Inside the Flames, The Tide And Its Takers and Collisions and Castaways.


Early yearsEdit

36 Crazyfists was formed in 1994 in Kenai, Alaska. The original members were vocalist Brock Lindow, guitarists Steve Holt and Ryan Brownell, bassist JD Stuart, and drummer Thomas Noonan. Holt is from Kenai, and Lindow spent much of his childhood there.[2] Lindow, Brownell, Stuart, and Noonan are all from Anchorage. They released their first EP, Boss Buckle, in 1995 on cassette. In July 1996, bassist JD Stuart died in a car accident. At that time, Brownell retired from the band and the remaining members recruited bassist Mick Whitney, who is also from Anchorage. In 1997, the band released their second EP, Suffer Tree. 36CF then relocated to Seattle, WA, where they released their full length debut CD, In the Skin. They next moved to Portland, OR. In 1999, they released a 4-song demo that, through their friends in Skinlab, ended up in the hands of Monte Conner, A&R Rep at Roadrunner Records.[3]

Roadrunner Records years (2000-2007)Edit

Signed by Roadrunner Records in 2000, the band recorded their major debut album Bitterness the Star which was released on April 4, 2002. In support of its release, the band toured with such heavy weight acts as Candiria, God Forbid, Chimaira, Diecast, and Hotwire. After touring the United States, they headed off to Europe to begin the European Road Rage Tour with Killswitch Engage and Five Pointe O.

The band re-emerged two years later, on March 16, 2004 with their second album A Snow Capped Romance which was produced by James Paul Wisner (who also produced albums for bands like Dashboard Confessional and As Friends Rust). They toured intensely behind the record (playing shows with acts like Killswitch Engage and Poison the Well) through December, taking two months off before beginning the work on their next album.

36 Crazyfists entered the studio with producer Sal Villanueva (who had worked with Thursday and Taking Back Sunday) in October 2005 to commence recording their third album Rest Inside the Flames which was released across Europe on June 12, 2006. Ultimately, Roadrunner decided not to release the album in North America. A deal with DRT Entertainment was later struck, and the album received a belated release on November 7, 2006.

The album was a success in the U.K., with Rest Inside the Flames debuting at #71 on the UK album charts, and reaching #2 in the BBC's Rock Album charts. However, the album only sold 1,858 copies in the US during its first week of release.[4]

The band started an extensive U.K. tour, supported by Twelve Tribes and Your Rigamortus on April 1, 2007, where they played at 26 venues across the country.

Ferret Music years (2007-present)Edit

In May 2008 the band released The Tide And Its Takers, on Ferret Music. They continue to play annually at the Summer Meltdown Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, except for 2008, when they were on tour with the first Annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Shortly after the Mayhem tour, bassist Mick Whitney left the band and was replaced by Brett Makowski.

36 Crazyfists filmed their January 9, 2009, show in Anchorage, Alaska, for their first live DVD entitled Underneath A Northern Sky; the DVD was released in October 2009.

The band's album Collisions and Castaways, was in the US by Ferret Music on July 27, and a day earlier in the rest of the world via Roadrunner Records. The album will feature guest appearances by Twelve Tribes frontman Adam Jackson, Raithon Clay of Plans To Make Perfect, and Brandon Davis from Across The Sun. Production duties for the album were handled by band guitarist Steve Holt and featured mixing from Andy Sneap.[5]

The band played a variety of European festivals in June 2010, including the UK Download Festival. 36 Crazyfists returned to the US in July to tour with Fear Factory, After the Burial, Divine Heresy, and Baptized in Blood.[6]

The band will play the Soundwave festival in Australia from late February through early March 2011.


  • Brock Lindow – vocals (1994 – present)
  • Steve Holt – guitar (1996 – present)
  • Thomas Noonan – drums (1994 – present)
  • Brett Makowski (Buzzard) - bass guitar (2008 - present)


  • Mick Whitney - bass guitar (1996 - 2008)
  • JD Stuart – bass (died in a car accident in July, 1996)
  • Ryan Brownell – guitar (1994 – 1996)[7]

Discography Edit

Major releases Edit

Year Title Label Chart peaks[8]
Billboard 200 Heatseekers Independent Albums UK
2002 Bitterness the Star Roadrunner Records 189
2004 A Snow Capped Romance Roadrunner Records 21 123
2006 Rest Inside the Flames DRT Entertainment 71
2008 The Tide and Its Takers Ferret Music 155 4 11 83
2010 Collisions and Castaways Ferret Music/Roadrunner Records 161 3 25 85[9]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Independent releases Edit

Singles Edit

  • Slit Wrist Theory - 2002
  • At the End of August - 2004
  • Bloodwork - 2004
  • Destroy the Map - 2004
  • I'll Go Until My Heart Stops - 2006
  • Midnight Swim - 2006
  • Absent Are The Saints- 2008
  • We Gave It Hell - 2008
  • Reviver - 2010

Other releases Edit


  • "Slit Wrist Theory"Bitterness the Star
  • "At the End of August"A Snow Capped Romance
  • "Bloodwork"A Snow Capped Romance
  • "I'll Go Until My Heart Stops"Rest Inside the Flames
  • "We Gave It Hell" - The Tide and Its Takers



  1. Show & Tell Online - interview with Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists
  2. Burning love: Hot rock brotherhood expands, evolves in third year
  3. Family Tree Presents
  4. IndieHQ, "Indepedent Sales Chart 11-15-06", Posted November 15, 2006.
  7. Anchorage Press: almost famous
  8. "Artist Chart History - 36 Crazyfists" Retrieved on September 3, 2008.
  9. [1]

External linksEdit

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