From the western Canadian city of Vancouver, rockers CRNKSHFT are currently setting their local scene ablaze with their explosive, drop tune aggression with melody at its core. To sum it all up…these guys are ‘hard as fuck‘.
Influenced by bands like Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Pantera and Godsmack, CRNKSHFT have carved out a sound in the vein of Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, and Black Stone Cherry.
Since the band’s formation in 2015, their engine has been firing on all cylinders with their debut EP ‘Hard Fucking Rock’ released in 2015, plus being tapped as local support for such touring bands as Prong, Grim Reaper, Lordi and The Veer Union.
Ready to shift gear to full speed, the wrecking crew will be unleashing their next self-titled EP produced by Daren Grahn, who has worked in the past with the likes of Metallica, Hedley, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi, on March 24th.
When it comes to lyrics, vocalist Shane Jolie explains:
“This EP is pseudo political, but also has songs about heartache and emotions, it’s not a story from start to finish, and each song has its own message. It’s an EP to show the world who we are and what we’re all about. My writing is dark, ideas came from depression and anger, sometimes when I’m happy, but mostly not and it’s still very true to this day. I want people to take whatever they can from the listening experience of our new EP. Music always helped me out of my funks and I want CRNKSHFT to do the same. Let it be accessible to all people and all feelings.“
The band explains the EP track by track:
1. “Systematic is about being a cog in the system and the struggle attached when you finally realize that’s life, but also finding the power to break free from that.“
2. “Tears Me Apart is about doubt and fear, putting you out there, being destroyed and just discussing those feelings.“
3. “Breaking is similar, but it’s about exposing false truths in the world and saying there are people just like you, don’t let depression win.“
4. “Old Habits is about the daily battle in your own mind between being driven or following the same pattern and expecting different results. Wait for it all to change, but old habits die hard. Unfortunately, it’s about fighting with your own mind and standing up to whatever is mentally keeping you back from achieving your true greatness.“
CRNKSHFT prides itself on writing raw, emotional music and when they perform with zero fucks given, what you see is what you get…a leave it all on stage attitude that gets fans fists pumping, head banging and singing along to the band’s anthemic melodies.
We’re not a band that’s going to give you stage props and fake blood and shit, we’re going to give you an emotional rollercoaster, it’s not just straight metal or straight rock its a mixer of everything in between, the songs have tonnes of dynamic, and we push for people to get caught up in it.“
Mark it down on your calendars, March 24, 2017; there is no stopping the CRNKSHFT freight train. The self-titled EP will be available on iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Spotify and all major online retailers.
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