About a year-and-a-half ago I first met Dwight and his then girlfriend Liz while touring with Born Gold (then Gobble Gobble). It was obvious from the first handshake that I had just discovered two of my best friends in the most unlikely of places, West Virginia. It was upon this first meeting while smoking a bowl on the front porch that the idea of Crash Symbols was born. Fast forward to now; we’ve released around twenty tapes, our first vinyl release (both a 12” and a 7”), plus Dwight and Liz got married! The three of us couldn’t be happier with everything we’ve accomplished in so little time. To celebrate we bring to you today the second volume of our inaugural mixtape, Dope Mountain Fuck. With just as much energy and twice the confidence, DMFv2 is a symbol of achievement for us. It features new bangers from Main Attrakionz, Oxykitten, Ghibli, changemod, Gahza, Ricky Eat Acid & more; as well as remixes from Emily Reo & Ryan Hemsworth and a Deniro Farrar cut over a previously unreleased Clams Casino beat. This is potentially our most ambitious mixtape to date and we’re pretty damn proud of it. 2012 belongs to us and ours.
Head over to the Crash Symbols bandcamp to snag all twenty-five glorious tracks from Dope Mountain Fuck Vol. 2!
Thanks to Dan Casey, aka Yalls, my wife and I can breath safe at night. Thanks to him we’re still alive today, sucking down good Oakland air in the East Bay (more commonly the “Easy Bay” to those who call it home), while he might have just left us to die where our US Airways flight dropped us off in San Francisco, still fresh from West Virginia. So, it’s no exaggeration for me to say that thanks to Yalls, America will win the space race. As plans unfurl for a new Yalls-absence-suppressor in more solid form , Crash Symbols is proud to inaugurate its new series of lamentably fake 12”s with “Vapid Glitch Vow”. More than just an anagram of my name, it is uniquely Yalls; soul-funk poptronica driven by Casey’s incredible idiosyncratic beatwork, and lent further support by the inclusion of a totally indulgent ten minute extended mix that is absolutely necessary for fullest enjoyment. -Dwight
“Sponge is a collection of tracks I recorded during the winter of 2011 on my 4-track. It contains material from a limited 7” I did for Spanish label Ghost Highway Recordings, as well as some covers and demos. At first this album was going to be for my close friends only, but I liked the vibe of it so much I decided it should be shared more widely. It’s gritty and lo-fi, but also warm and poignant. Nothing too serious. Just a fun time.” -Shawn Foree
Our homies down at LA’s finest, No Kings Record Cadre, just unveiled their latest “batch”, lending further fuel to our colossal love of pictures of multiple tapes. Buy all three together and save, because God knows you’re going to want to give a bunch of tapes out this Christmas. -Dwight
Thanks to Yvynyl and No Fear of Pop for premiering Sam Hamad’s incredible video for “Green Light”, our second vinyl release and first with Boston band Leisure. It’s their first formal release and we’re unbelievably proud to have the chance to work with them - last year, their first single got a lot of air time when Liz and I were “courting”, so it’s a sentimental victory as much as anything else!
We’ll have more details on that release soon, but you can preorder the 7” along with a limited edition art book of my and Liz’s collages, right here. Whether you buy it or not, we’re all speechless at the ongoing support our work has received and we are endlessly grateful. -Dwight
Don’t forget to download their Bodysongs LP for free, right here.
Here it is! Crash Symbols' newest compilation, Dope Halloween Fuck. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I was super excited to put together this delicious treat (and the album art) for y’all. All of the bands that contributed did an amazing job, and I think all of the tracks work really well together to create the perfect atmosphere — whether it’s a pleasant autumn moment, the anticipation of getting ready to go trick-or-treating when you were a kid, or getting psyched for a creepy-fun time at a party. The compilation features a ton of unreleased songs (from The New Lines, Bone Quida Ida, Daniel Sex Jr., Nomadic Firs, and more), as well as the first track from boy crush (Sean Posila ofHigh Pop fame). The Electric Nature/Pop Culture Shamantrack even samples Twin Peaks. Put this mix on while you’re putting on your facepaint and enjoy. Here’s to Halloween!