Weird Al, The Go Gos, and The Crass (yeah, our personal influences are pretty wild). This summer Spotify playlist is dedicated to our first musical crushes!
COOL LAME OUT ON ECCENTRIC POP RECORDS 9-28-18!
Leapin' Lizards! I know you have been following the progress of our forthcoming album COOL LAME - it has been a wild ride, right?
Well, the gas has been slammed and this project has gone from 60 to 100 MPH! Eccentric Pop records was our #1 dream choice to bring this sweet, sour (and unapologetically sticky) baby into the world.
This rad, DIY label cares about keeping punk n roll alive - and they do it in style!
Thank you Travis Woods for believing in this weird album and this weird trio.
Stay tuned for deets on the 2018 VINYL release! It will be bright yellow, but that's all we can say for now. High-fives and stage dives from the Crusherverse!
Wanna follow along on our journey to make this sticky, sweet album? Follow @hayleyandthecrushers on Instagram!
CA, Oregon, Washington Dates Announced!
Behind the new album listening! With shoestring, bubble gum, and gal powered-gumption, Hayley's been hurling behind-the-scenes audio diaries into the internet. Listen along and hear the ins and outs of making our new album COOL LAME,
Day 1 of our little Pacific Northwest Trip, we found the beat!
It was kind of a delightful surprise, really. We already knew we would be recording a few videos with our friend and Lost State Records label DIYer Trey Hanawalt (a SLO-Portland transplant), but we had no idea what that would really entail. We knew it would include a cool, inventive traveling drum kit called a Beatbox, but that's about it!
As we drove from Portland to the rural area called Canby to do the recordings in Trey's friend's basement, we thought we might be lost. Everywhere: hillsides, farmhouses, horses, and gorgeous greenery...for some reason I thought we'd be more near the city? Trusting Trey, I pretty much just said "Yes!" when he asked us to play, and figured everything would fall into place. Plus, our first show was planned for the Twilight Cafe that night, and we had plenty of time to get our wiggles out.
Well, the experience went pretty swell indeed, thanks to Trey's hospitality and a bit of liquid inspiration courtesy of Montucky Cold Snacks (more on that in a sec).
We arrived at an expansive farmhouse with weathered white paint. As a CA girl, I haven't spent much time in murky old basements, but I always love the feeling of being secure and cozy, and there is something I find so punk rock about playing in a teeny room underground! Silly, I know...but I am a sucker for basement ambiance.
Descending the creaky wooden steps, the air cooled considerably and, as if by magic, waves of art revealed itself. Brightly colored murals - like some sort of cartoon acid trip - flanked the walls. A couch, recording setup, and jam room appeared! OK, what? Way cool!
This is where we got our first IRL introduction to Beatbox Drums and Beatbox Live Sessions' official sponsor, Montucky Cold Snacks.
What is a Montucky Cold Snack, you ask? GET THIS. It is a drink best served (pretty) cold, yet is it is not entirely a "snack" in the traditional terms. It is a refreshing beer with a logo that could double as the cover of some sort of 1970s shampoo bottle or inspirational poster (I 100% APPROVE!!!!). See below for proof. Thirsty much?
Why can't this be our logo? Why can't this be painted on the side of our van?
If you are traveling through Portland area, I highly suggest you hit up Trey and get in on this cold-snack-drum-attack experience! He took great care to produce the videos well and we sounded way more profesh than normal thanks to his expertise.
Now I am no drummer, and I famously say "I cannot speak drummer." That is, BTW, because I am too lazy or dumb to try, not that I have anything against those skin-beating barbarians (my mom, on the other hand, always told me never to date them).
Seriously though...whenever I try to communicate an idea for a cool drum beat, I just start making crazy rat-a-tat-tat sounds like some sort of glitchy Furby. Our drummer Gabriel Olivarria, on the other hand, is a drummer's drummer. He's better than that. HE IS THE HOLY GRAIL, A METAL DRUMMER WHO DIGS POP! Just look for the combo Katy-Perry pinup/Pentagram emblazoned on his snare! (copyright Crushers, 2017).
So. What would a totes metal drummer think of a teeny tiny kit produced for max mobility?
Side note for real musicians and drummers: The Beatbox is 31" x 19" x 19" in size. Is a fully functional 4 piece drum set with a 10" x 5.5 "snare drum, an 8" x 4" rack tom, and a 10"x 6" floor tom, and patent pending 16" bass drum. As an added bonus, it doubles as a travel-ready case which houses the rest of the kit for easy storage and transport.
Well, you can see for yourself! Dare I say it sounded epic? Deep, rich, with a whole lotta good rat-a-tat-tat, I tell ya what! Really though, it was absolutely impressive to hear just how BEEFY this cute little kit sounded! But I won't try to convince you. Watch the vids and comment if you like! PS: Catch Dr. Cain's sweet jump on the first video, Jewel Case!
A huge, handsome Montucky high-five to Trey, Sir Drew Clegg, and Beatbox Drums LLC for having us in the basement, letting us try on his horse mask, and feeding me copious amounts of Montucky Cold Snacks, because...well... one cold snack just isn't a proper meal.
And remember. If you aren't fighting on Montucky, you aren't fighting fair.
The second annual SUMMER CRUSH POOL PARTY at Sally Loo's in San Luis Obispo, CA was a hoot and a half! Art scene inspired by our buddy Neal Breton and his fab pool scenes. Thanks to everyone who shimmied, shook, and splashed with us! Special thanks to Biba Pickles for wearing her DIY popsicle outfit on the hottest day of the year. XO! (Pics by Jenny Ashley!)
Summer Crush Pool PartY 7/9
@ SALLY LOO's
6-9 p.m. (Live music starting at 7 p.m.; DJ starts at 6; food, wine, beer available throughout)
Who's invited??? Everyone and anyone who wants to have a little summer fun, eat some good food, check out local art and experience Neal Breton's pool paintings come to life. Dogs are welcomed on the outdoor patio. Bring beach chairs if you're truly committed to the summer vibes!
Summer is back and so is the splashy catchy rock n roll fun!
This year marks the second annual Summer Crush Pool Party at Sally Loo's in SLO, featuring live music by Hayley and the Crushers, records spun by DJ Mano Gil and sweet, special summer treats crafted by eclectic cafe Sally Loo's. We seriously love Sally Loo's for so many reasons (great hangout, cool art, nice owners, and BOMB food, yo!)
The main spectacle is OF COURSE our pal Neal Breton's new poolscape brought to life by plywood, paint, spray paint, and cardboard. This year's scape is epic, y'all.
The event is free, all ages and donations will be taken for 5 Cities Hope, a local grassroots LGBTQ nonprofit that aims to connect with fun community events and meet-ups!
Don't forget: Prizes will be given for best Beach Goth and Beach Bunny, so you guys and gals and nonconforming gender individuals are encouraged to dress in your favorite summer garb (Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, floatie toys, sunglasses, summer hats, board shorts swimsuits, go nuts). See pics from last year!
HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS: JEWEL CASE
In early October, surf punk band Hayley and the Crushers released their first full album, Jewel Case. Originating from San Luis Obispo, this grungy, sticky sweet trio comes out strong with a garage sound that makes you want to dance.
Described as “punk n roll tunes that span the gamut of doodles found on Hayley’s high school notebook” in their Bandcamp blurb, the 12 tracks on Jewel Case serve as a time machine back to an imaginary time when you were as cool as you wished you were in high school. The album hits hard right from the start with the opening track “Seventeen Strum”, as front woman Hayley Cain sings over the classic lo-fi surf punk drum and guitar sound about the cooler, leather-jacket wearing, gin-drinking, older sister-type girl we all idolized as fourteen year olds. Almost every track on the album perfectly nails high school experiences, from the first time blacking out at a party, to boys who never call, to figuring out how to contact a drug dealer. A personal favorite is “Hotshot,” a dance track that we all could have used as encouragement to dump our kind-of-an-asshole high school boyfriends.
Hayley and the Crushers is the musical equivalent to bazooka bubblegum stuck to the bottom of a combat boot. They combine their bubblegum punk sound with romanticized high school sentimentality to give us a great album to put on when you drive around your hometown lamenting the days of reckless youth.
photos by REID CAIN
written by ANNA SCHLENZ
World wide Crusherverse Debut of Jaywalking is finally here! Grab a pack of Ho Hos and follow the adventure. Will Hayley Crusher make it to practice on time? Will Gabriel and Reid Crusher overcome soul-crushing boredom?!
Here's what the way cool folks at Belwood Music in the UK had to say about our new album, Jewel Case:
There’s a lot to be said in music for charisma and character, something that Hayley and the Crushers clearly have in abundance. With their quirky debut album Jewel Case this Californian trio have created their own unique grit and glitter blend of 50s rock’n’roll with a punk attitude, like an alternate universe inspired by Marty McFly’s wild performance from Back to the Future. Belwood Music is proud to premiere the music video for the band’s latest single ‘Jaywalking’. Equal parts endearing and empowering; the charming tale of frontwoman Hayley Cain’s rush to rehearsals is an unlikely yet perfect match for the frantic drum fills and fierce, full-blooded bass line. Striking the perfect balance between style and substance, and with hints of classic Joan Jett, this slice of garage rock goodness is a sure-fire way to make your day. Get on board and embrace the crusherverse.
-- James Fenne
Hey, ho, let's go!
JEWEL CASE tapes have landed just in time for Burger Records' North American Cassette Store Day celebration. This is our first full length album and it's hip-shaking, pop-guzzling fun!
We were so proud to be included in this year's lineup of bands to embrace the cute, cheap, and compact (the three C's) cassette format. Love tapes? So do our friends at Lost State Records.
Of course, we've also got some hot pink CDs emblazoned with our neon jewel design, too.
All physical copies include an extra bonus live track of Gidget's Revenge.
Enjoy, fellow Crushers! Thank you for inspiring us to keep crushing.
Tacocat stole our hearts, wrapped 'em up in glitter, and absconded back to Seattle! Click here for a cool review and sweet pics of the show we played wth them and LA's The Regrettes at Velvet Jones over Summer 2016.
When our pal, local San Luis Obispo, CA weirdo artist Neal Breton, hit us up about creating a pool party set crafted in the spirit of his colorful California paintings, we were all in.
It only took two months and a bunch of dumpstered/borrowed cardboard and a bout 30 cans of spraypaint to create a neon paradise at Sally Loo's.
Thanks to Neal for the rad idea, Chris Gardner for filming, Sally Loo's for having us (and making adult ice pops that were so good), Bessy the Foto Bus for taking sweet pics, true homie Jennifer Hix for helping us paint this mess, and DJ Mano Gil for spinning fresh wax.