Last Saturday CRAWLERS played a sell out show at YES in Manchester. This is a band that genuinely cares for their fans and this is Connor’s story.
First of all a little bit about myself and my background: My name is Connor and I use he/they pronouns, I’m profoundly deaf from birth. This means I use cochlear implants to give me a representation of sound. Every day I face challenges due to my deafness, I’ve been bullied, belittled and ashamed for being deaf. My deafness affects my life in every area in terms of communication, making friends, even going to the store can be hard.
I discovered Crawlers on Tiktok just after their release of their song ‘MONROE’, shortly after, they gained popularity due to Come Over Again. Come Over Again resonated with me as someone who identifies as non-binary along with dealing with grief from my mother’s passing away in August of 2021. Come Over Again felt like a breath of fresh air and the song helped me through my grief and identity.
Crawlers offered me the opportunity to interpret the song on stage. This is a step forward for the deaf community where hearing people are usually cast in the spotlight to use our language – and often inaccurately unless they are a trained interpreter. Crawlers has used their platform to constantly uplift and raise voices for the various communities who are silenced. The opportunity itself came to me upon them posting for advice on how to ensure their gigs are accessible for all.
As I signed the song on stage in front of 200+ people in Manchester, I felt seen, I felt heard. Crawlers strive to make gigs a safe and accessible space for everyone, including deaf people. But it wasn’t just accessible, it was authentic representation for a community who are often overlooked. There are many artists who don’t acknowledge their fans or even make accommodations for them, and representation is often attempted to be shown through the actions of those who are fully able which can ultimately be quite damaging, if it’s shown at all.
I hope that people can see that we should be making gigs a safe and accessible space and to be mindful of others. I urge people to learn sign language to help communication for deaf people who face barriers every day in their lives.
So honoured to represent the deaf community last night at Manchester, thank you to @crawlersband for the oppurtunity and for giving me the safe space to express myself and interpret the song on stage. 1/2❤️ pic.twitter.com/XfB2yf4wPA— Connor can’t drive (@crawlersx) April 10, 2022
Following this sold-out March/April debut UK tour CRAWLERS will head stateside for their debut North American Tour. Kicking off June 1 in Atlanta, GA the run of North American dates will include stops in New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and more.
Below is a complete list of North American tour dates for CRAWLERS. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, February 11, at 9am local time. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.crawlersband.com/live.
June 1 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
June 3 Washington DC DC9
June 4 Philadelphia, PA Philamoca
June 7 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
June 10 Montreal, QC Bar Le Ritz PDB
June 11 Toronto, ON The Velvet Underground
June 13 Chicago, IL Subterranean
June 14 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
June 17 Houston, TX HOB – Bronze Peacock
June 18 Dallas, TX Club Dada
June 21 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar
June 22 Los Angeles, CA The Moroccan Lounge
June 23 San Francisco, CA Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop
June 26 Portland, OR Polaris Hall
June 27 Seattle, WA Funhouse
June 28 Vancouver, BC Fox Cabaret
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