Vancouver rockers CRNKSHFT fuse big rock riffs, engaging classic rock vocals and blistering guitar solos in their explosive heavy rock meets grunge sound – which they have branded H.F.R (work that out for yourself).
The quintet of vocalist Shane Jolie, guitarists Sebastien Mark Pulse and Geoff Way, bassist Trevor Miles and drummer Josh Lauze pride themselves on writing raw, emotional music, in their words: “With zero fucks given, what you see is what you get. A leave it all on stage attitude that gets fans’ fists pumping, head banging and singing along to the band’s anthemic melodies.”
CRNKSHFT recently released their second EP CRNKSHFT, which showcases their brutally good brand of heavy rock and was produced by Daren Grahn, who has worked on releases by Metallica, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi.
It opens up in fine style with Systematic, which kicks off with chugging guitar chords and a funky little guitar lick. The opening verse gradually builds up to end on a big scream that leads into a catchy chorus with vocals supported by more chugging chords. The track continues to build, then drops down into lone vocals that give way to a heavy ending.
That’s followed by the heavier Darkside, with deliciously heavy chugging guitars throughout supporting classic hard rock vocals, with a huge solo leading the track to an awesome ending. Check it out in the awesome video below:
The darkness continues in the huge Old Habits, which begins with doomy riffs then a vocal-led verse with creepy noises in the background before diving into more intense vocals that flow into a big chorus of drawn-out vocals and big guitar chords. That all repeats then gives way to a delicious extended guitar solo before ending on a final smash of huge vocals and guitars.
Burning Me Alive opens with sirens that continue through a funky riff, which gives way to a big blast of metal guitars and a lively opening verse of vocals supported by a darting riff. A cool call and answer section follows, then a big scream leads into the chorus of repeats of “You’re burning me alive.” The instruments drop out for a cry of “It’s time to rise up motherfucker” that leads on to absolute anarchy with booming riffs supporting a couple of wildly awesome guitar solos. This is fast, furious, heavy metal at it’s finest, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
Next, Tears Me Apart starts with a big vocal cry before dropping into a moshy guitar rock-out that continues through a verse filled with big vocals. The instruments drop out and a call of “You deserve the worst of what’s to come” feeds into a singalong chorus that ends on a big scream and a repeat of the big heavy guitars brings in the second chorus. Palm-muted guitars support low vocals, then a shout of “Fuck” ushers in a meandering guitar solo, then a moment of calm before a final powerful chorus.
The EP closes out with Silence, which is ironically (or not) pretty loud. It does start slowly though, with ringing guitar noises continuing through a chugging repeated chord pattern with a light lick over the top that gives way to a verse that starts out relaxed but builds into big, powerful vocals. A
This is a cracking, high octane heavy rock EP, chocked full of huge riffs, engaging rock vocals and a mass of guitar solos for you to play air guitar to your heart’s content.
Vocalist Shane Jolie summarises the record perfectly as he explains: “Our new EP is a beast; we are really excited to showcase our melodic side. The four songs should touch a wide demographic of fans, which is what we want. We aren’t looking to be defined as just a heavy metal band, but as a hard knocking punch to get anyone going. We’re accepted by all those who listen to metal and rock. The whole idea of CRNKSHFT’s music is that we’ll be enjoyed by fans across a variety of genres.”
And when it comes to lyrics, Shane adds: “This EP is pseudo political, but also has songs about heartache and emotions, it’s not a story from start to finish, and each song has its own message. It’s an EP to show the world who we are and what we’re all about.
“My writing is dark, ideas came from depression and anger, sometimes when I’m happy, but mostly not and it’s still very true to this day. I want people to take whatever they can from the listening experience of our new EP. Music always helped me out of my funks and I want CRNKSHFT to do the same. Let it be accessible to all people and all feelings.”