Crashdiet - The band to give your ears the rock n' roll orgy they will never forget

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By Eric Mackinnon

eric@newrocktimes.com


If such a thing as time travel were a reality there are a number of bands who would benefit from a trip through the portal to set up musical camp in a different era.

Great Van Fleet would be right at home in the bombastic 70's while pop-punks Neck Deep wouldn't look out of place in the early 90's era of Green Day and The Offspring.

But top of the list for me and first ones into the time machine would be Crashdiet.

I love Crashdiet. For anyone who knows me this is not much of a surprise. A child of the 80's I grew up with the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Faster Pussycat filling the airwaves.

I still listen to all these bands but Crashdiet are the frontrunners of the new breed of bands of that ilk. Sleazy, bluesy rockers with a sprinkling of glam swagger and choruses with more hooks than a fishing convention.

While they have picked up a cult following and play to decent sized crowds, had Crashdiet exploded onto the rock scene in 1985 then they would have been MASSIVE.

Their ballad 'It's A Miracle' is as good as any of the 80's ballads that the likes of Def Leppard or Poison churned out while 'Chemical' could be slipped onto any Motley Crue album and not sound out of place but more than 30-years on the musical landscape has changed.

If we continue with this time travel theme I could easily see Crashdiet on the infamous plane ride into Moscow with Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Ozzy Osbourne for the Moscow Peace Festival which was a near-permanent resident in my VCR in my house growing up.

Infact Mick Mars did give the band his personal seal of approval with a double appearance on their second album laying down guitar parts on both 'I Don't Care' and 'Alone'

Crashdiet have an arsenal of songs with riffs which can knock you off your feet before extending a glammy glove doused in glitter to help you up with choruses in other songs.

Big songs, big choruses and big shows are the mantra of a band who acknowledge the forefathers of sleaze rock and metal while seeking to carve out a meatier and braver path all of their own.

The subject matter of their songs has always been heavier and with more substance than many of the 80's genre pioneers. While some of the band's in the 80's main focus was on getting their hole, chasing girls and partying harder than anyone else, Crashdiet have a healthy layer of anger and fury in their songs which give them a far greater depth.

Crashdiet simply are a band who musically deserve more opportunities and good fortune than they have had.

The Swedes have been rocked by tragedy, bad luck and more challenges than most bands face in a lifetime including something of a revolving door of singers.

Their original singer Dave Leppard was found dead – allegedly having taken his own life – in 2006 just as the band had begun to make international strides on the back of their debut album 'Rest In Sleaze' including a slot at the 2005 Download Festival in the UK.

Losing their frontman devastated the band who quit for several months insisting the band would not continue.

Eventually they made the difficult decision to reform as they bid to 'carry on the Crashdïet legacy, which will keep Dave's spirit alive for a long long time.'

Their second frontman was Finnish singer H. Olliver Twisted who sung with them on their second album 'The Unattractive Revolution' but his stint with the band lasted less than two-years.

Next to take on the mic duties with the Swedes was Simon Cruz who swept in back in 2009 and while he last six years, his parting with his band mates was less than acrimonious after he was accused of walking out on Crashdiet with no notice reportedly in the middle of a Japanese tour leaving the band in the mire.

The band roared back after a lengthy hiatus with Gabriel Keyes in the fold as their new vocalist – their fourth – but despite the plethora of changes their signature style, the Crashdiet style and swagger hasn't changed.

The boys haven't missed a beat and that's testament to the songwriting ability and dedication of the likes of Martin Sweet on six-string, Peter London on bass and drummer Eric Young.

Two singles have dropped with Keyes as the mouthpiece. 'We Are Legion' and most recently 'Reptile' and we wait with baited breath for a full length album offering.

Whatever happens next and if you are reading this and discovering Crashdiet for the first time, I urge you to throw their name in your steaming machine and give your ears the kind of rock n' roll orgy they will never forget.