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Crashed Out are a tough looking, Jarrow based, street punk crew whose passionate songs deserve a wider audience says John Robb

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Who Are ya!
We are Crashed Out a streetpunk/rock n roll band from Jarrow Tyne & Wear UK, we are a four piece outfit consisting of Chris Wright ‘vocals’, Geordie Brown ‘bass’, Lee Wright ‘guitar’ Johnny Halling ‘drums’ Crashed Out have been around since 1995.

What have you released?
We have had five studio albums released to date first was This is our music back in 1996 then in 1998 Here now and real was released. In 2001 we self released the mini album Back for more, then in 2005 Captian Oi records released the Pearls before swine album, 2010 saw the release of Crash & Burn on I Hate People Records ‘Germany’.
Our other releases are:
2002 Dss Records based in Germany released a best of album Entitled Working Class Aggression, 2006 SoS Records in USA also released a best of album entitled The One & Only. In 2007 we again self released under our own label’ I Want It Records Fast Loose n Live our first full length live album. We have also had split singles with bands such as The Templar’s (USA) & Secret Army (Spain) as well as our tracks being used on countless comps.

Talk about your influences
Our aim is to just play as good as we can, as much as we can, to as many as we can. Our songs vary allot from Heart felt ballads (The Town That Died) to tongue in cheek humor (freak show/fat punks don’t pogo) to sing along crowd pleasers (One of the boys/Raise ya Glasses) etc etc.
Crashed Out’s sound has the raw energy of punk, with elements of ‘Rock n Roll’ thrown in there for good measure. ‘Street Rock n Roll’ we like to call it. Someone once said we have a ‘Old-skool rabble-rousing streetpunk attitude, a hard rock sound, with king-size balls’ I think that just about sums us up. We are doing our bit to put the rock back into punk!

Our musical influences are too many to name so here’s a few in no particular order: Johnny Cash, Motorhead, Rancid, Angelic Upstarts, Del Shannon, Rose Tattoo, The Who, Metallica, The Clash, Toy Dolls, AC/DC, The Dickies, Stiff Little Fingers, Black Sabbath etc etc……. We like some real cheesey stuff too although not all of this is evident in our songs it still plays a role in how some of our songs are constructed. The list is endless and could go on and on ideas and influences come from all kinds of music and bands right through all the known genres. Not forgetting life itself! the madness and crazy shit we experience on a daily basis in our tattoo studio and within our local community from everyday dramas, the mad folk we meet and life on the road.

Boxing and tattoos are key pillars of the band aesthetic…
I boxed as an amateur from the age of 11 to 22 my club was St Kildas Boxing Club Jarrow. I had 70 fights with 56 wins I boxed on the Henry Coopers golden belt TV series 3 times and was chosen as best boxer of the night by Henry himself and presented with a Gold plague. I also won regional titles in the ABAs, School boys and Boy clubs championships, got as far as the National semi finals in the Boys clubs semi finals of the Schoolboys. I also got to the National Finals of the ABAs filmed for the BBC at Wembley Conference centre unfortunately I lost on a close points decision. Boo hoo
My gym closed its doors when I was 18 years old so I moved on to a few other clubs boxed for them but never found the family feeling that Kidas had giving me so I called it a day. I still train to this day but I now also coach the younger generation at our gym ‘Perth Green ABC’
I opened Viking Tattoo Studio in 1995 and its went from strength to strength at first I worked by myself for about 4 years then I trained Lee (Crashed Out guitarist and my brother) up in the art of tattooing and now he works along side me. The shop has a super cool atmosphere filled with punk rock, boxing and tattoo memorabilia all the things we love, the sounds are always blasting mostly punk, ska , Reggae or Rock n roll.
I have worked loads of conventions all over the UK and Europe and I have won numerous awards for my work. This year Feb 2011 we hit Salt Lake City USA for our first US tattoo convention.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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