I was listening to Tim Armstrong and Friends on satellite radio and they made mention of Crab Core. This is a type of punk rock that I assumed came from the Boston area. They played a band that reminded me of this awesome punk rock band out of Oregon. The band was none other than Crux. This is an underrated band that no one really talks about, because they didn’t sell a lot of records at the time. However, despite the lack of sales, they put on one hell of a show and their records are well produced and filled with punk rock fury. If you like Crab Core, then you already know what this band sounds like, but hey, you may have never heard of them. Whatever the case may be, Crux “Failure To Yield” is one of those records that you don’t want to sleep on.
Hell, you don’t want to sleep on any music, right? In 1995, I was only a mere pre-teen and I was already into a lot more punk rock than you are. I’m sorry, but I had no friends, loved music, and was spending any dime I had on it. I had amassed quite the collection by the time I had to sell it all off in 2011 because of a divorce. Crux is one of those bands that I fell in love with via a compilation disc that I picked up with an HM Magazine. They had “Wasted Day” on the compilation, and I immediately ordered “Failure To Yield” from Tooth and Nail Records. I got the cassette, and it was awesome.
Crux goes through a frenetic mix of punk rock anthems, playing as fast as they can, with youth crew style vocals here and there. If you’re a fan of 7 Seconds, then you’re going to love what Crux has to throw at you. You swear that these guys are like brothers of SNFU and 7 Seconds with a little Pennywise mixed in. They put you through 18 tracks of frenetic punk rock so fast, that if you blink, you will miss some of the finer notes.
Crux really outdid themselves on “Failure To Yield’ and it’s a shame more people haven’t heard their records. If you’re looking for new music, love punk rock, and that Crab Core, old school punk rock flavor, with a new school edge, then you owe it to yourself to listen to this stellar record. Crux is one of those bands that you’re going to love, and no one else will know what you’re talking about. Trust me, I live it daily.