Crushed Out – Want To Give

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The Black Keys; The White Stripes; The Bonnevilles; Henry’s Funeral Shoe – just to name a few: blues-fueled guitar ‘n’ drums duos are this time around’s answer to the classic power trios of yesteryear. Brooklyn’s Crushed Out deserves a spot alongside the best of the best of ‘em: guitarist/vocalist Frank Hoier and Moselle Spiller (drums and lead vox for much of their new album Want To Give) have carved out their own place in the double-barreled band world. Whiffs of everything from vintage Dick Dale surfiness and Phil Spectorish drama is woven in with punk recklessness and Stonesy grittiness on Want To Give. Hoier can beat the snot out of his guitar in total Joe Strummer fury – then turn around and coax a gentle, reverbed sunset out of it; Spiller pulls a BIG beat out of a minimalist drum kit – and has a set of pipes to match.

On “Weigh You Down” Spiller punches out her vocal like Patti Smith in her prime over Hoier’s tremolo chatter and her own wumpthumping drumbeat; “Temper Tantrum” roars like Deborah Harry fronting The Sex Pistols; “Push Down And Twist” launches with a mean-assed Bo Diddley riff before veering into total hand-clap sunshine; and “Shake Can Well” will inspire you to do just that.

Moselle Spiller and Frank Hoier caught in the moment, doing that thing they do.

Moselle Spiller and Frank Hoier caught in the moment, doing that thing they do.

Click HERE to read the conclusion of my Crushed Out review on Jambands.com

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