Crash Vinyl – High-Five Your Sex Drive EP

Crash Vinyl
High-Five Your Sex Drive EP

With a name like Crash Vinyl and a title like High-Five Your Sex Drive, what do you really expect? This is not some progressive, minimalistic jazz outfit here, folks. This is rock-n-roll. From the first guitar blasts that start off this EP, this Dallas band goes out full blast. With a punk-rock power and often punk-rock guitar riffs, add a hefty dose of pop song structure and new-wave synthesizers. Now turn up the notch a few degrees to the point where the music is moving full-on, and you’ll get an idea of the force of Crash Vinyl. These songs will rock you hard, and maybe even make you dance.
“Tippt Toe” starts off with some wild guitar licks. Lead by punk-rock style guitars, moogy keyboards, and multiple vocals, this one is a cross between old punk-rock and new-wave, and it’s all high energy. “Return of the Killah Thug…” is all about high-powered rock that’s heavy on the synths. While the kids everywhere will be shouting out the chorus, you might find yourself dancing, too (and we’re not talking that martial-arts moshing thing kids do at punk shows). I’m reminded a bit of old Johnny Rotten as lead singer Kevin Ingle sings/shouts at the end of this song “Why did you have to tell me? Why did I need to know?” “Bushfire” is a bit more rock-n-roll, but a bit less punk, oddly enough. This song reminds me of an eerie cross between Talking Heads and Sleater-Kinney, with some killer bass grooves but an all-out rock assault. This is the direction this band should take. As good as the keyboards sound on this EP, this track showcases something really unique and fun! Oh, and they ask the musical question that has plagued us for centuries: “Is Bridget Bardot the holy ghost?” The vocals on “Why Are You Here?” are stellar, using a cool delay effect that makes me take notice every time I hear it. And the last track, “Me Brain is Dumb,” is all about attitude, in-your-face vocals, thick bass and guitar grooves, and almost metallic-sounding drums. This one has a decidedly DC feel to its blend of unique rock with some grooves in it, making me think that sound has finally left the capitol.
This is neat stuff – rock with a decidedly modern feel, which is something that way too many bands forget about when they pick up their guitars and put down their Sex Pistols or Beatles records. Crash Vinyl are obviously having a lot of fun on this album, which is what rock is meant for, but they’re unique, too, not just another garage punk-rock band. Powerful guitar riffs and great rock vocals mix with excellent bass and drums and doses of synthesizers to create a danceable, powerful, and even poppy version of rock. I bet this band would be even better live.