By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amsterdam
Review: Hayley and The Crushers – Modern Adult Kicks-Release date September 13, 2022 via Kitten Robot Records
With or without ‘Stranger Things,’ the eighties revival has been in full swing for a while now. Still, Kate Bush aside, the most revered sounds seem to be tied to connected with the electronic side of things Human League et al.
Now, here come San Luis Obispo-to-Detroit transplants, Hayley and the Crushers with their third album – ‘Modern Adult Kicks,’ whose more guitar-oriented sounds from the eighties also have a good dance touch included all over.
It seems that Hayley and her cohorts have quite an extensive eighties record collection that includes almost everybody relevant from the decade – from Blondie to R.E.M. and Elvis Costello to any relevant power pop from the period, say The Romantics.
The band is helmed by husband-and-wife team guitarist Hayley Crusher Cain and bass player Dr. Cain ESQ, and includes Action Ben Cabreana on drums.
Even though just a trio, Crushers do exactly as their name says, they play loud and brash, but at the same time sleek and polished power pop that has plucked all the best moves from they key alternative/power pop acts of the eighties.
And yes, you can play this one right after or before the latest Blondie box set and you will in no way be disappointed.