Crazies feeling thrilled to open ING Footstock

A true San Francisco band will open the celebration of The City’s signature footrace.

The Crazies Will Destroy You, a self-described “avant post-pop punk geek rock” quartet, won the second annual ING Battle of the Bands competition and will kick off Footstock following this year’s Bay to Breakers.

A year and a half ago, the band met through a series of postings on Craigslist to form its current lineup. Having made its name on the local club scene, now it will open for headliner The Last Goodnight at the May 18 event expected to attract approximately 50,000 people.

“I was so excited when I found out I was balling my eyes out,” drummer Tina Davis says. “I had to reread the text message a few times to make sure it was true.”

The Crazies were one of four local groups selected to participate in the April 16 Battle of the Bands at the Independent. The group was named the winner after a combined vote that counted five times the number of ballots from audience members at that show and online votes throughout the next week one time.

“When I found out we had won, I was at a conference and my hand just shot up and I yelled,” bassist Jade Shipman says. “The excitement couldn’t be reined in, even at the cost of my professionalism.”

The diversity of the band members’ day jobs also makes them unique. Davis is a traveling critical care nurse, Shipman is an economic consultant, guitarist David Kurtz is a Web developer (who designed the group’s Web site, www.destroyyou.com) and guitarist Tony Schoenberg is a lawyer. The demands of the work schedules could make getting together for rehearsal time difficult, but the band members — all singers — seem to relish their time together.

“We’re all a bunch of goofballs, so we have that in common,” Schoenberg says. “This thing just kind of came together naturally and we’re having a great time with it.”

Footstock will mark — by far — The Crazies’ biggest audience to date.

“I’m looking forward to cranking up the amp,” Kurtz says. “And we should be going on at the perfect time. Just after the race and before people are passed out on the grass.”

IF YOU GO

ING Footstock

Where: Polo Fields, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18

Price: Free

Contact: www.baytobreakers.com

Note: The Crazies Will Destroy You open at 10:45 a.m., before the 12:30 p.m. start of The Last Goodnight.

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