Crash and The Carpenters have long been a stalwart of the Sydney music scene, known for their blistering punk rock sound and unapologetically bold live performances. Their music, a heady mix of raw aggression and insightful lyrics, has become a rallying cry for the city, echoing through the underground clubs and graffiti-stained alleys.
Since their formation in 2016, this genre-blending band have been fusing elements of anthemic hard rock, punk rock, reggae, and ska into a sound that is undeniably pure and uniquely their own. The new album, ‘Of A Love Renewed’ builds on their legacy, with the band reflecting on a post-COVID world, offering an unapologetic social commentary on the events of the past few years.
The album kicks off with ‘Runner’s High’ which captures the endorphin rush after a run and features a super catchy bass-line. Next up is ‘I Don’t Get Johnny Funk’, a personal favourite with clever lyrics and memorable hooks that make it almost impossible to shake.
‘Somebody To Believe In’ is a foot-stomping, hip-swaying boogie inducer, a rock anthem that will turn every room into a dance floor. ‘Chains’ is a downtempo song that carries a swagger in its rhythm, a cool and steady beat that propels it forward with an effortless, confident stride and features a really cool guitar solo.
The band’s social commentary continues with ‘Fuck You And Your Phone’ a punk anthem that blasts through your speakers with a raw, rebellious energy, railing against our society’s obsession with phones, urging listeners to unplug and and reconnect with the real world. ‘Guilty As Sin’ boldly delivers a scathing critique of the Catholic Church for its role in concealing sexual abuse, with lyrics that unflinchingly expose and condemn these cover-ups.
This album is a treasure trove of punk rock, each track a shining gem, delivering raw energy, biting lyrics, and the kind of rebellious spirit that defines the genre at its best.
Photos: Deb Pelser