Park City will experience Crushed Out
Guitarist Frank Hoier and drummer Moselle Spiller formed an independent-music duo in Brooklyn a little more than four years ago.
The two, who lived in the same apartment complex, bonded over their love of "joyous, early rock ‘n’ roll," said Hoier.
"We played a lot of Bo Diddley and Little Richard and anything with a good quick and danceable beat that sounded good with just drums and guitars," Hoier said during an interview with The Park Record. "We did songs by T. Rex and David Bowie to Carl Perkins and the Beatles. That’s what we really wanted to play, and it was great because we were having so much fun."
The band, scheduled to play at the Spur Bar & Grill on Dec. 29, built a following by playing any gig at any time.
"We ended up playing four nights a week, because there were so many venues in our area," Hoier said. "The interesting part was that we started off in a city that was already over-saturated with bands, but there was a positive in it all because that was how we performed that helped us develop as our own band. And that’s what we needed."
Until a few months ago, Hoier and Spiller were collectively known as Boom Chick, the name that all of their fans knew.
Then the duo ran into some complications. Just before the two released their debut full length, "Want to Give," another band that had trademarked the name Boom Chick contacted them.
"We had to change our name," Hoier said. "Luckily we didn’t have the CDs pressed, yet. So, we were able to hit pause for a couple of weeks and then rebrand ourselves. It was difficult, but we had to do it."
Hoier and Spiller’s band is now known as Crushed Out.
"We looked for a name that would represent what we did and even did some research on the slang use of words during different eras in history," Hoier said. "We went through hundreds of names in two weeks, because we had our album release booked. We just couldn’t cancel the whole tour."
Hoier learned that the term "crushed out" was used in the 1920s and meant breaking out of jail or breaking free from a bad situation.
"That was interesting, because it also has a 1980s, girl-at-the-mall-in-love-with-a-boy meaning to me," he said. "So, when we put those two definitions together, our band name means to break free and fall in love.
"That is also significant for us, because here we are, an independent band playing vintage-style rock ‘n’ roll in 2012," Hoier said. "We liked that name a lot and decided to use it and embarked on our biggest campaign, so far."
"Want to Give" was released under the band’s new moniker in November on Cool Clear Water Records.
"We had a crazy schedule this past year and were on the road for so long that we actually wrote the songs for the album while on tour," Hoier said with a laugh. "We would play and even write them on stage."
During a two-week break in the tour, the musicians went into the studio.
"We recorded and mixed six of the songs in 3 ½ days," Hoier said. "We basically recorded the songs live, so there was a lot of energy, and then dressed them up with additional vocals and another guitar track.
"The other four songs were recorded at home on a tape machine," Hoier said. "So, the CD is a mix of studio and home recordings."
While the recording process may seem like a lot of work, Hoier loves being in an independent band and would not want it any other way.
"I can’t imagine what it would feel like if someone said, ‘The album you worked on for four months is good, but we don’t hear a song that sounds like a single,’" he said. "I don’t know what I would do, so having creative control is a definite plus."
In addition to controlling the music, Hoier and Spiller are the only ones who determine their image.
"We can present ourselves in a certain way and decide what photos we want to put out as well," he said.
Spiller also produces all the band’s artwork.
"Moselle comes from a long line of disciplined artists and is great at drawing, photography, video, web and graphic design," Hoier said. "So, she does everything graphically from the T-shirts, to the posters to the websites and videos."
The only other challenge the band faces now is promotion and funding.
"It takes a lot of money to run a band, and we do it by working very, very hard," Hoier said. "We don’t have a choice."
Crushed Out is scheduled to perform at the Spur Bar & Grill on Saturday, Dec. 29. For more information, visit http://www.crushedoutmusic.com.
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