Crushed Out ( US )
Crushed Out ( US )
While there are many fish in the sea indeed, rare is it to find in one a lover, best friend, co-conspirator, and risk taker. Someone who can squeeze every last drop from you until the job is done, and because they truly believe in your art. To let someone drive you in this crazed way is to exist symbiotically in a whirlwind of creative collaboration. You must cross the desert together to find the ocean existing between you both. When Frankie Sunswept and Moselle Spiller take the stage, they are not husband & wife, drums & guitar, blonde & brunette, they are not from Southern California or Brooklyn, NY. They are one riding the wave, swirling and building, rolling and rumbling with a kinetic momentum balanced on the tip of a surfboard, equal parts witch in the sunshine, angel in moonshine.
Their saga began in 2009, as neighbors in a Bushwick, Brooklyn apartment building. Moselle who grew up in New Hampshire had just graduated from Parsons School of Design and was searching for a mysterious something, an outlet to put her talents into that wasn’t 9 to 5 or a transfer from the L train. That something was a sun swept skater kid born & raised in 80’s suburban Los Angeles fresh to NYC with a guitar and a notebook. They were simply neighbors, though after a few flirtatious hallway encounters, Frankie invited Moselle to a rooftop party and so the fire was lit.
Their debut EP Show Pony (2010) raged with the ecstasy in finding one’s rock n’ roll soul mate. Fast, bluesy and fuzzed out, these proto-punk meets Sun Records fueled live performances captured their innocent enthusiasm and love for the initial atomic blast of rock n’ roll. A few years of self booked national tours ensued, and with it all the gnarly and jubilant experiences that come with submerging yourself into unknown waters. Some warm press and a budding fan base made way for their debut full length Want to Give, (2012) charging with Frankie’s unhinged vocals and Moselle’s driving ferocious femininity. On follow up TEETH (2014) the band honed their production skills creating their most diverse studio album. Their sound began to reflect more surf, psych, and spaghetti western, with layered instrumentation from Frankie playing bass & keys, Moselle singing harmonies.
Alien Ocean (2016) is Crushed Out’s most definitive, cohesive, fleshed out album to date. Frankie dubs drunken lap steel, bassy analog synths, electric piano and hammond organ, while Moselle brings her most inventive and passionate performances. Frankie’s signature shimmering clean to ripping fuzz guitar tone dances from 60’s surf to roaring cave creature. Alien Ocean tackles themes of order & chaos, communication breakdown, alienation, love, personal freedom, human contradiction & consciousness while keeping it heavy, fun and wet. Alien Ocean releases September 30 2016 via the band’s own imprint Cool Clear Water Records, available on limited 12” vinyl LP (pre-order here), CD, as well as all digital formats. Crushed Out hit the hot tar this Fall for a full North American tour. Look out for their live show featuring an immersive stage world complete with electric palm trees, black flamingos and much that you’d expect to find at the shores of an Alien Ocean. Over 5 years touring through 45 US states, Crushed Out has clocked 600+ shows, connecting with friends and fans in all corners of the country.
Crushed Out’s songs have been featured in VICELAND’s King of the Road, MTV’s Finding Carter, web clips by Clifbar, ESPN, Big Star Jeans, and heard in skateboard videos by Thrasher Magazine, The Berrics, Element Skateboards, and Nike. They’ve toured with Shakey Graves, Band of Skulls, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Social Distortion and Joan Jett. They are looking forward to a European tour Spring 2017.