Thursday, February 06, 2014

EP Review: 'Full Speed Ahead' by Crosshatch

Title:  Full Speed Ahead (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Crosshatch (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Instagram, YouTube)

Hailing from New York City, NY, Crosshatch plays a highly energetic form of 90s influenced indie and punk rock.  The band's seven song debut EP, Full Speed Ahead, is nothing short of brilliant.  The songs a filled with killer hooks, thunderous basslines, and top notch drumming that takes equally from the indie rock of the early 90s (ala The Lemonheads and Buffalo Tom) and the pop punk of a couple of years later (ala Sicko and Pinehead Gunpowder).  YR Magazine described Crosshatch's music pretty perfectly -- "With appreciation for the pop sensibility of The Bouncing Souls, the lyrical integrity of Iron Chic, and the energy of early Green Day - they play with feeling, substance, and emotion."

Full Speed Ahead is a crazy fun record and one that grabbed me within the first few seconds of the first song.  Crosshatch is a must for fans of bands like The Thermals, Broadcaster, Great Cynics, Cheap Girls, and Candy Hearts (or any of the aforementioned artists).  This is easily going to be one of the best EPs of 2014.

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