Champagne Cocaine? (The Soap Girls)

The Soap Girls are a pair of bodacious babes from South Africa. A double team of dames making music since they were kids they have even charted making dance music and been signed to labels. Now hold on, there has been some changes recently, big changes!  They are popularly known for EDM/Club music but they have gone in another indie direction. Another direction more akin to their past as street performers. The Soap Girls have been working at a prolific pace churning out raw demos of acoustic indie music. Getting lots of spins via online radio channels and presumably FM radio as well.

Now they are experimenting with a more aggressive Rock sound . When I first heard their acoustic music I compared the vocals to the funky swagger of Anthony Kiedis with a hint of the growl of Brody Dalle. With the acoustic tracks now sharing space with electric instruments it reminds me of the first and second waves of SoCal-pop-punk. As far as I am know The Soap Girls were and are blissfully unaware of the underground pop-punk scene of those eras. They probably only heard distant approximations through the international pop-culture filter.

the soapgirls

The Soap Girls acoustic music is interesting and leaned on the harmonies and girlish tones with an electronic drum machine. Their street performing pedigree showed as the girls incorporated various skits and banter in those acoustic tunes. It all seemed alluding to one day being a female version of “Flight of the Conchords” or “Tenacious D” with an emphasis on the music rather then the comedy. A tour of whacky cafe shows in the USA seemed to be their destiny but I’m not sure that is what they were going for.

The Soap Girls electric music has weighed in and I can only describe as pop-punk and pop music with some vocal inspiration from Anthony Kiedis and possibly Brian Wilson? It sound familiar to that retro California music but its definitely different and I don’t think they were trying to copy this sound.

Kinda quixotic and unique its hard for an outsider to get a grasp on where they intend to land. They would make a great art band being a spectacle and curiosity. They could be an acoustic pop-comedy troupe traveling the cafes and campuses of America. They have been dance club divas and now they could be a pop-punk band.  Its hard to say where the are going but people seem to be finding them and enjoying it.

The Goatbox Rebel

Had a good time cranking debut CD (EP) of  “The Goatbox Rebel”. Dirty and raw Blues Rock from Central Canada.  Fairly heavy in spots and with a touch of grind and gravel  “The Goatbox Rebel” is going for something and not playing it safe. You can hear those old fashioned blues licks that remind me of Delta Blues and the imperfect scratchy vocals more reminiscent of the  original tenant farmers then the blue-eyed schmaltz of suburban blues.  This will be sure to alienate the massive gelatinous establishment that makes up many  so-called Blues fans that prefer their Blues polished as their silverware. If you are not offended by “Clutch” or “Jack White” when they play the Blues Rock, then you are more likely to enjoy “The Goatbox Rebel”.

The first track “401″ is probably the most divisive giving me the impression of a busking Rob Zombie channeling Robert Johnson. I enjoyed “401″ on repeat listens especially the lyrics but my first impression was to skip to more  immediately endearing tracks like “Promised Land” and “Born With A Tail”. The inclusion of a live track of “Promised Land” was a nice touch.

The CD sound good on my mp3 player, my laptop and my 5.1 computer sound system so I have no complaints there. On my classic analog Technics system the vocals seemed to sit atop the mix on “401″ and the percussion on “Born With A Tail” sounded more like a click track then anything else. If anyone noticed the same issue with an analog system please include a comment. or tweet @crushwb

Gritty, dirty and back to basics Blues Rock. You know where you stand with “The Goatbox Rebel” and if you are offended then its more an issue of you walking into the wrong bar at wrong end of town.

RKC – Radio Kaos Caribou

Hi everyone, especially music artists and music fans. I want to tell you about the amazing online radio channel “Radio Kaos Caribou” or RKC.


I have been following them for a couple years now and always impressed by the eclectic music they play and the support they have shown artists over the years.

I think RKC is worthy of your time as a listening experience and if you are an artist you will also enjoy the sense of community on their social networking pages such as their twitter and facebook pages. Crushwb has taken every advantage to look over their shoulder and learn about really great underground artists from Europe. The best way to help RKC is to share with your friends and let people know!


Jane Allison – “Just Another Girl” album

Thoroughly authentic Americana from veteran UK musician Jane Allison with her Sept 6th 2014 release “Just Another Girl”. These  songs of loss and redemption will have you tapping your foot while wistfully contemplating what tugs at your own heart strings. The early release samples I have reviewed such as “Hymn To Hope”, “Just Another Girl” and “Wait For Me” transport me to the peak of the Heartland Rock era where folkies and rockers could share the same stage. Polished arrangements allow these tunes to be readily accessible to today’s pop radio while never losing that nostalgic charm. We at Crushwb tip our hat to Jane Allison for midwifing these tracks into the musical Universe.

Jane Allison Stanness

I’ve Got A Crush On You, Kristina Helene Cover

“I’ve Got A Crush On You” a Kristina Helene Cover

Kristina Helene is perhaps the most glamorous singer on Vancouver Island with her impeccable stage presence, her looks out of the Golden Age of Hollywood and her lush repertoire of Jazz classics.

Take the time to see what this gorgeous lady has in store for you, you won’t regret hearing her honeyed vocals. Crushwb likes “I’ve Got A Crush On You”!

The Budrows

The Budrows are a Rootsy swampy Bluesy band with one cigar box guitar in the old timey past and vocals in a punky honky tonk present while a blues harp singes the edges. I got to hear the colored green Vinyl version and it was an absolute delight. The A-side is very much in the sticks with lots of moonshine and grapes of wrath while the B-side is softer and a lil more modern. The Budrows are not one trick ponies in there LoFi quest to make old timey music that belongs in the now! If you get the chance I recommend you pick up the vinyl but they have handy digital copies on the interweb. Love the leading lady vox Macarena that is featured on most of the tracks

The Texas KGB, “Outta Chaos” music video

The Texas KGB have an adorable music video released recently, yeah I said adorable, an odd word to use to describe such an atmospheric and gritty Americana band but I can’t take it back. The Texas KGB have just released their first album and it’s pretty amazing from what I can tell. Atop all the great tunes and authentic vibe of the bands confident frontman Jace they also have  the charismatic Kelly Green on guitar. Kelly has the aura of a big time star !
“Outta Chaos” Official Music Video:

The Texas KGB


The Budrows!

US Postal Service somehow lost “The Budrows” album that was to be sent to Crushwb which is a cryin shame! This is a very switched on Americana band from Aliso Viejo California. They have a sassy front-lady and old style Roots-Blues instruments like cigar box guitars and wailin Blues harps. What’s not to like about The Budrows!? So I guess I will have to figure something out about the CD but until then check them out on Reverbnation!

“The Budrows have been jammin’ foot stompin’ blues since 2008″-source The Budrows .COM

Girl Next Door – The SoapGirls

South African pop stars “The SoapGirls” have a new sound and coming to North America! Known in some markets for their club/pop music they are working on something new for USA/Canada that seems to make use of electro-pop sounds atop some indie rock sensibilities. Crushwb has always liked these gals as charming characters with nice voices and pretty faces but there is something genuinely exciting about their upcoming projects that is  unpredictable.  The demos on their Soundcloud harken back to that “anything goes” spirit of  art bands that played CBGB’s (Television, Talking Heads). Some may balk at this comparison but really they all were outlandish before they fortunately became the spirit of their age. People worry so much these days what others think that it paralyzes art and a pair of pop/dance girls have (perhaps quixotically) picked up the fallen banner and charged ahead.   “Girl Next Door” is getting tons of hits on Soundcloud and features some vocals that at times have the funky swagger of Anthony Kiedis and when it gets most unhinged a hint of the growl of Brody Dalle. Keep an eye on the The Soap Girls, something is gonna happen, they will make it or break it.

“The SoapGirls most renowned for their Hit Song Sour which topped the charts at no 5 and made it onto the Now 59 compilation was just the beginning of their introduction to audiences.They have sinced released three other singles,Lucky Tonight Hurricane and in Your Arms, from their debut album Xperience. Currently the girls are getting ready for their career debut in USA” -source The Soap Girls facebook pag

Turn Up The Twang by The Revival BC

Turn Up the Twang by The Revival BC (CD Baby)

“The Revival BC” is a kick-ass country band from Vancouver Island that is finally emerging from the mists of anonymity. I’ve witnessed these dudes working the island gig scene for a couple years and know they have been working at it longer then that. Few country bands are as monolithic  as The Revival BC…. they are like some Eastern Island statue …just no seams in how they are constructed. Finally they have an extremely well produced album released that should do them justice. You can find “Turn Up the Twang” on iTunes and CDBaby.

“Get everyone on the dance floor with The Revival BC from Victoria, British Columbia. We are an energetic country band with unique country songs that performs the ideal two-stepping hip-swinging dance-floor music.” -source The Revival BC . NET


Zoe Ann is back !

Dallas Texas pop-rocker has been very quiet these last few months and I speculate that something big must be planned from the few squeaks heard on the “internets”.  With not much advanced warning Zoe dropped a tasty surprise on her youtube channel with a cover of “Chocolate” . I can’t wait until the next treat !

“Zoe Ann won “Best Teen Rock Artist of the Year” at the 2013 IMC Awards in Los Angeles and just released her new EP “Inside My Head”. Her music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Slacker Radio & more! “-source Zoe Ann Music .Com