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Raucous London two-piece CRASHFACE have dropped their debut EP ‘HEAVY INFECTIOUS’; a collection of sickly-sweet, pop-tinged vocal hooks and filthy riffs collide with their punk energy and aggression. Frontman Charlie Hinton had this to say about the EP:
“This EP really encapsulates the growth we’ve experienced during hard times, both as a band and as people. Honestly, it’s so much bolder than what I anticipated we’d be doing after just a year of being a band, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s electric, it’s dramatic, and I love these songs dearly, but what’s better? This is just the start.”
We caught up with Charlie and Otto from the band to talk about their origins and what the future holds.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard you before?
Charlie: Take a post-apocalyptic city setting, with a team of very fun but also very deadly survivors, let’s call them the SHARP. It’s their job to right any injustices that have also survived the apocalypse, be it evil corporations continuing to exploit the innocent, or wild scavengers killing and stealing where they can. Now the SHARP don’t fuck around, they do everything with extreme efficieny, but also style. CRASHFACE is what they listen to on their missions. OR I’d just say go and listen to us. It literally takes a few seconds. Either or really.
Otto: Our music isn’t your stereotypical, able-to-pigeonhole into a genre, generally. We definitely revel in that “uncertainty of what’s coming next” as a staple point of whatever we put out. Just expect the unexpected. It’s heavy. It’s industrial. It’s catchy. It’s riffy. It’s badass. Imagine The Prodigy, My Chem and Placebo had a weird love child and that’s kind of in the ballpark.
DP!: How did the band form?
Charlie: CRASHFACE was an artist idea I had that I really felt deserved to be fleshed out. I wanted a sort of pop-star shine but with punk grit, and the first couple of demos I wrote for it (that you will probably never hear) captured that pretty well. I brought this idea to Otto because he slays all things production and tech and shit, and it became apparent that we worked pretty well together as a team. So, we wrote a couple track ideas together and were sold on CRASHFACE being a two-piece. TAH-DAH.
Otto: Charlie and I were mates and lived together for a few years, played in a band together etc. I moved up to London when that ended and a few months later he approached me with some track ideas. We went for a couple beers where he explained the whole concept of what CRASHFACE was going to be. He had it all planned out. With those demos, we just worked so well together and decided to write a couple as a duo just for fun… and now here we are.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Charlie: Play a lot of shows, release a lot of music, get some very lucrative sponsorships. Drink water. Learn to drive. Sign a stupid record deal. Really just try not to die? Honestly I could go on forever, this is a SUPER open ended question. Immediately though, we’re playing a few shows and festivals up and down the UK this year. So that. Buy tickets thanks!
Otto: Tour. A LOT. Album after album. Collaborate with SO MANY other musicians. Quit the day job. There are so many ambitious things we want to do and are slowly bringing to life.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Charlie: I never really know how to define “new” in this context but I’ll give it a shot! At the moment my rotation looks a little like this; Press To MECO, Static Dress, DEATH TOUR, Other Half, DE’WAYNE, Death Blooms. A lot of D’s. Yeah that’s all I got. If you wanna check these guys out and more, I’ve made a SICK AF playlist called “INCOMING” on the CRASHFACE Spotify and it’s all celebrating new artists and new releases. It’s really killer. Can I plug that here?
Otto: I’ve been blasting a lot of the people Travis Barker collaborates with. That new wave of pop punk is so damn catchy. Static Dress, James and the Cold Gun, Kid Kapichi, Lowlives, Sick Joy, Drones. So many good artists out there, especially coming out the UK right now.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Charlie: There’s only a handful that I’d really say I aspire to, in terms of their growth and originality as artists. Firstly the obvious, My Chem. I’ll die on this fucking hill. Their range is second to none, every sonic corner they stretch to, they just own. They’ve always generated genuine excitement in me, which I feel is so important if you want to connect to the community that surrounds your music. More currently however, I gotta say Waterparks. Again, it’s the range thing, although to a slightly lesser extent here, but you can so vividly see the progress being made by this band. Each record just gets bigger and bigger and their work ethic is really admirable. As soon as I don’t have to work a stupid day job, I want to be releasing albums at least once a year.
Otto: Musically, a massive inspiration for me growing up was The Subways. They were, and still are so good. ‘Rock & Roll Queen’ is probably one of the best songs ever written. A huge fan musically of what Turnstile are doing right now. Their latest release is INSANE.
In terms of artists that have done unbelievable things, I’ve kind of got to go with Placebo. Artistically and aspirationally, they have consistently toured the world and played the biggest and best festivals going. That’s where I want to be. They’ve made such visually creative music videos, just look at ‘Special K’. They’ve worked with some of the most legendary producers and recorded in some even more legendary places. I’m a huge gear nerd, put me in a studio and I won’t leave. Outboard, analogue gear just has some magic to it. Yes you may be able to recreate it in logic, but goddamn do I want to just push every button and twist every dial in a studio.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Charlie: This isn’t going to be like trailblazing stuff because we haven’t even played a goddamn show yet, so I’m just going to say getting played on Radio 1. It’s happened a couple of times now, but the best is when it’s Jack Saunders. He’s so genuinely enthusiastic and hyped about his work, and it’s such a good thing for both artists and listeners alike, to have someone as fired up as him in the driver seat of modern radio. I guess getting a bit messy with him at a WARGASM show adds bias.
Otto: As Charlie said, for lack of playing a show, it has to be Radio 1. It seems like a trivial thing to some people, but that is always a really gratifying moment. Knowing the prestige and history, consistently listening out for the debut plays of my favourite bands… to join that club is a little nuts.
DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Charlie: On the road. I want to be elbows deep in some European tour, with some ridiculous new songs under our belts, absolutely buzzing to play live and meet everyone we possibly can. I’ve never toured, like really toured, and I know it’s pretty much what sells music to most musicians but man, I just want the ball to get rolling and never stop. I would also like to be on the front of a magazine or something but one step at a time I guess. Maybe it’s doable in a year? Fuck it, I’m gonna try! Hold me to it.
Otto: Definitely some festival somewhere. Its meant to be 2000 Trees weekend pretty much a year to the day of writing this, so yeah. There. I’ve gone every year since 2016 (apart from the obvious), but in my mind it’s the best festival in the UK. It’s definitely a dream to play there!
CRASHFACE‘s new EP, ‘HEAVY INFECTIOUS’, is out now.