The explosive duo who comprises Crushed Out will bring their early American rock and roll sound to Baton Rouge and New Orleans next weekend. The band, formerly known as Boom Chick, will make stops at the Hartley/Veh Theatre in Baton Rouge, and at both Tulane University and The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans.
Crushed Out is the musical brainchild of vocalist and guitarist Frank Hoier and drummer Moselle Spiller, but don't let the short roster fool you — this band brings the noise.
Much like the wall of sound created by Ohio's blues-rock duo The Black Keys, Hoier and Spiller know just what buttons to push to amplify their signature surfer rock and roll.
"We really try to whip ourselves up to maximum energy. We're trying to put out ridiculous, joyous noise to get people moving and dancing," Hoier told NOLA.com during a stop in Phoenix on Nov. 19.
Hoier said his 1960s-era guitar amps offer up a big, bass-filled sound he hopes keeps listeners from missing a bass player.
"My guitar's fat enough, and that's what people hear in the wide sound," Hoier said.
Although Hoier hails from the West Coast and Spiller from New Hampshire, the two found a mutual love and respect for the early country music, old American blues musicians and early American rock and rollers like Little Richard and Bo Diddley.
"There was so much cool music happening in America, and we find ourselves listening to everything that grew from that," Hoier said. "We never planned on doing an early rock and roll duo."
The resulting sound of Crushed Out relies heavily on bluesy guitar riffs and a weighty reverb. Listening to Crushed Out's 2010 EP, "Show Pony," (which was released under the band name Boom Chick), conjures sounds and images of Jack White's now defunct but ever popular band, The White Stripes. That comparison — down to the male/female combination— is one Hoier hears a lot.
"We actually love The White Stripes, so we're like, 'right on, thank you very much.' Almost every time, it's followed up with … 'it's still yourselves, it's your own thing entirely,'" Hoer said of the comments he receives. "I'm always proud of that. It's a really reoccuring thing, and for me it's super positive. You think we're kind of similar to this awesome band, but taking this form and doing our own thing absolutely."
Crushed Out is on its third loop of the United States this year, and can be found in Baton Rouge on Nov. 29. The duo heads to the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane for a 4 p.m. show Nov. 30, and to Howlin' Wolf on Dec. 1.
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