CRUSHED ISSUE MIKE CLINK / LARRY LOVE - PRODUCED EP, ‘SHADOWS AND SUBSTANCE’
Capturing a sound that manages to mix pop sensibility with a bone-crushing groove, the five-man band Crushed should garner heaps of crossover interest with their just-released EP, Shadows and Substance. Hailing from the arid locale of Phoenix, Arizona, the group which consists of singer/guitarist Mark Lauer, guitarist Mike Halland, guitarist/keyboardist Harry McCaleb, bassist Paul Surra, and drummer Jeff Garten, they caught the attention one of rock’s most renowned producers, Mike Clink, the man behind none other than Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction, and other rock classics. “Crushed is a blend of hard rock with melodic overtones, similar to a wolf in sheep's clothing,” explains Clink. “On their most recent effort, Crushed exhibits how they have grown as a band and as accomplished songwriters. Shadows and Substance is a reveling insight into the exciting future of Crushed”. This is the second Crushed recording released under Clink’s label, No Relief.
The EP is the culmination of songs the band recorded with Mike Clink in Hollywood California and additional tracks recorded by up and coming AZ producer, Larry Love. “This is some of the bands best work,” explains Halland, “you can really hear the passion in Mark Lauer’s voice and the great vibe we captured in the studio with both Mike and Larry.”
The six-track EP effectively captures “the Crushed sound” and the band comes out swinging on the groove-heavy, Distance Between Us. Next is the first single and title track, Shadows and Substance, a powerful and moving track with a huge chorus. Returning to the Crushed groove with Sky is Curved, another track with a chorus reminiscent of Robert Plant. The next track is a cover of the song Reptile by The Church, a great song that Crushed managed to make all their own. Next is the Mike Clink produced track Slowly Unwinding, recorded at Mike’s studio, Sound Instinct in North Hollywood. This is probably the most unique track from the six song EP. The verse is mesmerizing and bluesy with a catchy chorus and the unmistakable Crushed groove. The final track is a Clink produced cover of Love My Way by the Psychedelic Furs. A huge hit in its day, Crushed has managed to add a unique touch to the song and with its release will undoubtedly attract new fans.
Having built a solid following in the Arizona region, the group is itching to bring the songs from ‘Shadows and Substance’ to life on concert stages throughout the world. Halland admits “We have had our share of ups and downs but we are very excited about bringing this record to the people.”
It's rare - make that very rare - when a Hit Parader feature about a new band begins by discussing the unit's producer rather than the group members themselves. But when the producer in question is none other than Mike Clink, the man who helmed Guns N'Roses' legendary Appetite For Destruction, such a break from "tradition" is not only acceptable...it's expected! You see, when the bank Crushed began work on their debut disc, My Machine, this Arizona-based goth-metal unit could only think of one man they'd like to have work with them on their initial efort; you guessed it, the aforementioned Mr. Clink.... Click Here to read the entire article.
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New Times writer Serene Dominic reviews Crushed, My Machine...
That Crushed has a long history in the Phoenix music scene
and still sounds like a band just getting started excitement-wise
is a rare and noble thing. From the earliest days when you
could’ve seen them at the Mason Jar sandwiched between
three or four knuckle-dragging metal bands, they’ve
always stood out, as if they knew of the existence of records
outside of their genre and wanted you to know it too. To that
effect, My Machine has its flashes of metal, goth and industrial
sheen, and they programmed three of the heaviest numbers before
switching aesthetic gears on “Ether”. If you can
imagine metal playing footsy with Massive Attack, well, you
probably don’t need to buy this or any CD, you imaginative
listener you. But you can’t and that’s why you
need to grab a-hold of this thing and hear for yourselves
how Crushed can suggest Guided By Voices’ effortless
brand of indie stadium rock on “Crash Coping”
and acoustic Cocteau Twins on “Everything’s Gone”,
always moving up and down dynamically and never feeling formulaic,
but rather like a band that knows what it’s doing passing
you its calling card. The best thing to recommend Crushed
is the peerless vocalizing of Mark Lauer, who to his credit
never over-sings anything like most alt-rock metalists working
today. He gets in those little bursts of angst but actually
spends most of his time in a comfortable mid-range. Really!
My Machine is hard in places and yet easy on the ears. Test
drive it today.
--- Serene Dominic
Crushed :: My Machine No Relief Records
By Allyson B. Crawford
Review: An interesting combination of Goth and Metal, newcomers
Crushed are surprisingly Melodic in their approach to Thrash-worthy
music, as evidenced in their excellent debut effort My Machine.
with Mike Halland of Crushed By John Haseltine
When sitting here trying to find a few words
to start out this interview, I wasn’t really sure I
could really put down anything different than what starts
out their own bio on their MySpace pace. So I’m using
it here. One thing I can say that I did not see on that space
is that these guys seem to have what it takes to rock the
house. And they do just that throughout their latest release.
So read up on them a little here before heading over to their
My Machine 2007 No Relief/Throttle ASCAP Anna Gustafson
When I first read that Crushed "Manages
to merge Goth with Metal" I was a little worried about
what that would mean for a good ol' rock 'n' roll lover like
me. Would I stand a chance of liking this? I was pleasantly
surprised. Read On
"My Machine" Review By Greg Olma
My Machine is one of those albums that
grows on you without you realizing it. It is almost insidious
the way these songs infect you. I’ll admit, the first
time around I didn’t think much of this record but after
about 3 or 4 spins, I started to hum along.
A Conversation With Vocalist/Guitarist Mark LauerCrushed is a band from Phoenix,
Arizona who recently released their debut CD My Machine.
It was produced by Mike Clink (Guns ‘N Roses, Megadeth,
UFO). The band has a sound that’s crunchy, but also
very melodic with a lot of hooks. Vocalist/guitarist Mark
Lauer gives us the scoop on this up and coming band.
interveiw with Mike Halland
Crushed are a hard rocking band based out of Phoenix, Arizona.
These guys lured legendary producer Mike Clink (Guns n’
Roses, Motley Crue) into the studio to produce their debut
effort My Machine. Recently we caught up with guitarist
Mike Halland and talked about their album, his dream tour,
their contemporaries and the heat in the desert.
This week's offering comes from an old friend
who has his own PR and consulting firm in Florida. Chip sent
this 14-song debut CD titled "My Machine" by an
Arizona-based quintet called Crushed (made up of singer-guitarist
Mike Lauer, guitarist Mike Halland, guitarist/keyboardist
Harry McCaleb, bassist Mike Brown, and drummer Jeff Garten).
What grabbed my attention about the band
is that they've successfully melded goth with metal and kept
it surprisingly melodic. You have the concussive bass-drum
pulse and crushing guitar work supporting strong, powerful
lead vocals that only occasionally morph into that growl/scream
mode that passes for singing in metal bands nowadays.
guitar tones, lush hypnotic vocals and a rhythm section that
kicks you’re A#S!!!”
Billy Siegle, Fender Artist Relations Manager
Artist Relations Manager
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Proud to be a Fender band member since 1997
guitarists in Fender artist jam
SCOTTSDALE - The Fender Artist Jam Session
will bring together some of the Valley's most successful musicians,
all of whom have joined the lineup at this year's Tempe Music
Members of Tempe's own Gin Blossoms, Mesa's
own Authority Zero and Phoenix's own Crushed will play some
of their favorite songs and discuss what it means to have
Scottsdale-based Fender right in their own backyards.
The jam session will be at 3 p.m. today at
Fender Musical Instruments Corp., 8860 E. Chaparral Road,
Genre: Orchestral Rock/ Symphonic Metal
Label: No Relief Records
The members of Crushed brought in some major
metal muscle with producer Mike Clink (Guns 'N' Roses, Metallica,
Megadeth, Motley Crue) and mixer Fred Archibald (Avenged Sevenfold,
CRUSHED ISSUE MIKE CLINK-PRODUCED DEBUT,
Specializing in a sound that manages to merge
goth with metal - while not sacrificing melody – the
five-man band Crushed should easily garner heaps of crossover
interest with their just-released debut, ‘My Machine.’
Hailing from the arid locale of Phoenix, Arizona, the group
(which consists of singer/guitarist Mark Lauer, guitarist
Mike Halland, guitarist/keyboardist Harry McCaleb, bassist
Mike Brown, and drummer Jeff Garten) quickly impressed one
of rock’s most renowned producers, Mike Clink, who was
the main man behind none other than Guns N’ Roses’
‘Appetite for Destruction,’ among other rock classics.
“Crushed is a blend of hard rock with a melodic overtone,
similar to a wolf in sheep's clothing,” explains Clink.
“The band gave 110% to make sure this was the best Crushed
album they could deliver.”
Clink’s expertise quickly rubbed off
on Crushed, resulting in one helluva debut. “Mike only
works on one level and that is top notch professionalism,”
adds Lauer. “I have to say I really learned a lot about
myself and recording by working with Mike Clink. He encouraged
me to dig deeper and to bring out my best.” Garten also
voices Lauer’s sentiment. “[Clink] was able to
dig in, and bring out the performances that were inside of
us. His astute selections of the people he works with have
made ‘My Machine’ an album I'm extremely proud
to call my own.”
The fourteen-track album perfectly captures
‘the Crushed sound,’ which touches upon riff rockers
(“Nocturnal”), melodicism (“Crash Coping”),
and tracks that touch upon both approaches (“Hovering”).
Having built a solid following in the Arizona region, the
group is itching to bring the songs from ‘My Machine’
to life on concert stages throughout the world, admits Halland.
“We throw in new songs to test them as well, so fans
can hear songs live they would have not heard otherwise. Crushed
is a very energetic live band - the band looks at each
show as an event
CD "My Machine" available now!!
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"Further Down is a hit song if I have ever heard one."
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"Guys, you have a great record and it sounds amazing."
Mike Clink- Producer, Crushed, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Motley
"This is some of the best work I have done,
I hope you are as proud of it as I am."
Fred Archambault, Producer/ Engineer, Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones,
Regarding the mixing of Crushed "My Machine
Guitarist Mike Halland reflects on his
experience working with music producers
Mike Clink and Fred Archambault…