CRUSHED OUT -
Crushed Out is husband-and-wife team Frankie Sunswept on guitar and Moselle Spiller on drums. Yet when they take the stage, they’re so much more than that -- they’re the sun and the moon, the push and pull of tides, the rumble of kinetic momentum balanced on the tip of a surfboard.
It was 2009 in Bushwick when design grad Moselle accepted a party invite from her neighbor, a sunswept skater kid from suburban Los Angeles whose dad had been in Motown band The Messengers. Moselle, a visual designer in both the physical and digital realms, comes from a long line of artists and a family of hi-fi experts.The pair fell for one another and for rock n’ roll, and this surge of love culminated in their fast, bluesy and fuzzed-out 2010 debut EP, Show Pony.
Flush with enthusiasm, innocence, and the passion of live wires, the couple dove right into a few years of self-booked, “gnarly and jubilant” national tours, to warm press and a budding fan base. This set the stage for their debut full-length Want to Give (2012), fueled by Frankie’s wild vocals and driven by Moselle’s ferocious feminist drums. Popmatters called the record “a definite step up” and “[proof] that this band is making the right decisions.”
By the time they released their follow-up, TEETH (2014) the band had honed their production skills for their most diverse studio album yet. Dreamy surf, psych and spaghetti western vibes had begun to infuse Crushed Out’s sound, with layered instrumentation from Frankie on bass and keys, with Moselle singing harmonies -- and designing album covers, and costumes, as well as creating and printing her own t-shirt designs. Her design work has long provided a key artistic touchstone for the band.
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’s passion and invention gives each track its own heartbeat. Frankie’s signature guitar tone, sometimes mystically fuzzing, at other times shimmering clean, recalls 60s surf culture and roaring cave creatures alike. The album tackles sophisticated themes, from love and communication to alienation and personal freedom, all while keeping it fun, heavy 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 David Lynch-ian Tiki bar 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.
Daniel James and Cam Jones are Worried Well. They are an indie rock duo from Portland Maine. Cam Jones is also a member of the Weakened Friends. Worried Well has played shows with The Hold Steady, Gin Blossoms, Murder By Death, and MewithoutYou.
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-The Portland Phoenix
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OLD WISE MOON
Wise Old Moon has been showcasing their distinct brand of twang-infused indie roots/rock since early 2013 when frontman Connor Zane Millican returned from traveling the open roads of the American West after leaving his hometown of Hartford, CT at a young age. Upon his arrival to New England, Millican set out to form a band that would pay homage to the long-standing tradition of folk and Americana music while breathing new life into the genre with a high-octane live energy and a unique brand of songwriting inspired by the desert planes and mountain ranges of the Midwest.
Three years and over 200 performances later, Wise Old Moon is currently comprised of a cast of talented players from around the Northeast including Ian Meadows (The Meadows Brothers) on electric guitar who offers up a gritty twang that has become a staple of the Wise Old Moon sound. Drummer and percussionist Stephen Cusano (Broca’s Area) brings with him his own influ-ences, including modern hip-hop, conveying colorful rhythms and offering a huge sound and energy for their live performances.
Typically Wise Old Moon will tap into the local talent in their hometown of Hartford, CT for bass players, horn players, vocalists and piano players. “I hope to continue creating original music and keeping things fresh by introducing new collaborators into the project as we evolve. We’re fortunate enough to be based out of a city that has a great music school; Hart School of Music at the University of Hartford, and we have worked with so many talented musicians on stage and in the studio to realize our sound over the years. We are constantly re-working our own material and challenging ourselves to create a memorable live experience, so you never know what we might do next at a show”, Millican says.
Wise Old Moon has been featured on WPNR’s Where We Live with John Dankosky and has been nominated for numerous CT Music Awards as well as a New England Music Award for Roots Act of the Year in 2016. The band has self-released two full length studio albums and has performed at some of the most well-known venues in and clubs in the Northeast.
Wise Old Moon is currently writing and recording their third full-length record aside from touring.