ABOUT THE BAND
Crash Pad was first formed in 1996, and has been described by local newspaper the Gainesville Sun as "Gainesville's long-running, hard-working, old-school punks." ("Sound Check" column, Patrick Hughes, 9/17/99.) The editor of local alternative newspaper Moon Magazine, writing for the website GNV.yourvillage.com in June 2000, described Crash Pad as "Melodic and raw, through various line up changes Crash Pad has been a mainstay of local music," ("Crash Pad Performs Tonight," Colin Whitworth, 6/12/00), and Detours magazine (part of the Alligator student newspaper) agrees on the "mainstay" description. (Fall Music Showcase to Get Eclectic this Weekend," Sekhmet, 10/5/00). Rock 104's Brian Walker says "Crash Pad... are Gainesville's long-time, famous punksters." (Rock 104 Concert Series Locals Only E-mail, 3/3/01).
Maximum RockNRoll zine called Crash Pad "solidly rocking" with a "heavy on the guitars punk sound, and... vocals [that] are mostly snotty with a healthy dose of angry thrown in." (July 2002, Erin Yanke) In 2000 Crash Pad won Moon Magazine's Hogtown Music Award for Best Punk Band, and in 2001 was named to the Alligator's "Hot 20" list of Gainesvilles' Best Bands. In 2003 Crash Pad appeared on the Home Van charity compilation CD on Signalpath Records featuring Gainesville's best bands, and later appeared on Volume II of the HOME Van CD in 2009.
After coming back from their lead singer's surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for throat cancer in 2011, Crash Pad's 2012 album "Cops and Punks (and other short stories)" has garnered airplay not only on all of their hometown broadcast and internet radio outlets (100.5 FM the Buzz, 94.7 FM WGOT, Rock104.com, GROWradio.org), but also on radio stations as far away as California (95.1 FM KFOK). Online reviewers Two Guys Metal Reviews says "Crash Pad is an excellent punk band with an oldschool feel," and that the album is filled with "sheer rock and roll energy."
The pandemic and other circumstances have put Crash Pad on temporary hiatus, but we'll be rebuilding in 2022 with new material!
Lead Singer, Guitar
Brian formed Crash Pad in 1996, after leaving local band Allen Wrench. Present at the outset of the Gainesville punk scene in the early '80's, Brian's first band, the Atomics, played numerous shows with Gainesville's pre-eminent punk rockers Roach Motel, and even shared a member with them (the late Frank Mullen, who drummed in RM and played bass in the Atomics).
Brian has played in numerous local bands, including Smart Bomb, Camp 7, Hoyt and the Hotheads, Sick Dick and the Volkswagens, Pedagogy, the Bill Perry Orchestra, and even traditional Celtic band O'Reilly & Co. He has also written about music in numerous local and regional publications, including Ink 19, Moon, Satellite, and Our Town: Gainesville, among others.
Guitarist, Backing Vocals
Mitch started in Crash Pad when he was still in high school! This talented guitarist and vocalist is essential in arranging Crash Pad songs, and always provides an exuberant and energetic performance onstage at gigs. He recently celebrated a decade with Crash Pad!
Nickel has drummed with numerous Gainesville bands, including Melting Funk Pot, and was in both Pedagogy and First Things First with Crashers Brian and Hannah. He began playing with Crash Pad in 2012 on an adjunct basis, and took over the throne permanently in 2014. His propulsive backbeat has re-energized the Crashers to go onward and upward!
Bassist, Backing Vocals
Hannah is Crash Pad's newest member, joining in 2017. She brings the Crashers back to their origin, since Crash Pad began with a female bassist when it formed in 1996. Hannah has previously played bass with Crashers Brian and Nickel in both First Things First and Pedagogy.
CRASH PAD MUSIC
Our first album, originally released only as a DIY cassette, and re-released 20 years later in 2016 as a CD on Gainesville label Nook & Cranny Records! This album featured the original trio lineup, with members switching instruments. Recorded at drummer Mike Irwin's Jam-In-A-Box home studio, and featuring songs with each of the members taking lead vocals on different songs.
NINE MINUTES OF PLEASURE
This 3-song CD demo featured Brian and original drummer Mike, along with new guitarist Adam Unhinged. It was produced in the interim period between when Crash Pad was a trio and when the quartet lineup had solidified. Recorded at Jam-In-A-Box.
This 14-song (on 13 tracks) CD was released by the band after its lineup had solidified as a quartet, fronted by Brian and Adam. Recorded with Rob MacGregor at the original Goldentone Studio. Track listing and times listed here:
COPS & PUNKS (AND OTHER SHORT STORIES)
This album was released on vinyl, CD, and as digital downloads by TB2 Records. Again recorded with Rob MacGregor, at the new Goldentone Studio.
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