Crash Worship

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Crash Worship
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Background information
Also known as Crash Worship ADRV
Origin San Diego, California, United States[1]
Genres Experimental
industrial
Years active 1986–2000s
Labels Charnel, Cold Spring, ¡Alarma!, Rocco Fresco, ROIR
Members Simon Cheffins
Markus Wolff
Jeff Mattson
JXL
"Fat" Jack Torino
Dreiky Caprice
Ryan Jencks
Past members Zoli Zombori
Steve Griffin
Trudy Truelove
John Goff
Rick Farr
Madam Saruh
Nadia Hagan
Trachio
Pieter Schoolwerth
AMJ
R. L. Naefke
C. Wssl
Oliver Octavio
Mr. Quintron
Tim North
Sam Zimmerman

Crash Worship or ADRV (Adoración De Rotura Violenta) was a San Diego based experimental-aktionist-industrial-noise performance group formed in 1986,[1] most renowned for its live shows in which three stand-up percussionists hammered out concussive poly-rhythms to abstract mutated guitar, synthesizers, effects and dueling vocalists. Audience members were showered in various substances such as blood, wine and honey while band members ignited combustibles and fire within the performance area.[2] Crash Worship also released several albums and singles of both live and studio-recorded music. Mostly self produced (unusually packaged and laboriously handcrafted) works in visually stunning screen printed metal splattered with paint, urine, blood and other esoterica.[3] Although they toured playing their recorded material, the celebratory nature of these events left each show open to spontaneity and improvisation.[4]

Biography[edit]

Initially starting as a studio project, Crash Worship soon learned the power of a live audience.[5] During performances, the band's members (or often provocateurs) would manipulate the crowd, involving them more deeply into the show, ultimately eliminating any boundaries between spectator and performer.[4] The musicians would also mobilize their instruments on and off the stage into the middle of the audience (or outside), lighting explosives and hosing down the crowd with various liquids creating an atmosphere of celebratory abandon and mirth. Strobe lights, nudity, mysterious liquids, sex and smoke filled rooms (at next to zero visibility) were all a part of the average show.[6] The chaos of these events often invited unwanted attention from police who would later forcibly shut down a large percentage of the band's performances.[5]

BLOOD & FIRE[edit]

After much successful touring of the United States, Crash Worship followed suit with two full European tours in the mid-90s. It was also around this time the band was deemed "unmanageable" by many labels, booking agencies and clubs which proved difficult to tour much afterward. Although at the height of notoriety, Crash Worship had been banned from countless cities across the United States making it almost impossible touring there or abroad.[7]

In late 1999, the last Crash Worship performances were held in California, four being with the Master Musicians of Jajouka (in the Bay Area), the Aztlan Theatre (abandoned Los Angeles County Jail), and to a female only audience in San Francisco. The final Crash Worship performance was held in San Diego, California on October 24, 1999, with Physics and Tarantula Hawk as openers. Members are now scattered around the U.S. in New Orleans, Portland, New York City, San Diego and the Bay Area, active with their own solo and side projects.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • What So Ever Thy Hand Findeth - Do It with All Thine Might (1989), Alarma
  • Flow (1989), Rocco Fresco
  • Pillar of Fire (1990), Alamut

Singles[edit]

  • Pyru (1994), Charnel
  • In the Labyrinth of the Master (1996), Vinyl Communications

Videos[edit]

  • Inflammatorio (1991), ¡Alarma!
  • Euro Promo (1994), ¡Alarma!
  • Japan Promo (1997), ¡Alarma!

Members (in alphabetical order by last name)[edit]

  • Brandon Bevell - pyrotechnics
  • Dreiky Caprice – percussion
  • Simon Cheffins – percussion, tapes, effects
  • John Goff - bagpipes, drums
  • Steve Griffins - drums
  • Nadia Hagen-guitar, vocals
  • Ryan Jencks - guitar, bass, electronics, tapes, effects
  • JXL – vocals, Moog synthesizer, tape manipulation
  • Jeff Mattson – guitar, Megalyra, horns, effects
  • "Fat" Jack Torino – vocals, Moog synthesizer, tape manipulation
  • Trudy Truelove - vocals
  • Markus Wolffpercussion
  • Zoli Zombory - synthesizer
  • J Poggi aka MC Trachiotomy - horns, vocals
  • Adam Nodelman - bass

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Crash Worship history". Charnel Music. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Crash Worship". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ Markus Wolff (2010-12-02). Interview with Malahki Thorn http://www.heathenharvest.com/article.php?story=20041202132419669. Retrieved 2010-05-11.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b Crash Worship (1995-05-05). Interview with Chris Christian. Kalamazoo, Michigan http://www.sonic-boom.com/interview/crash.worship.interview.html. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b Cheffins, Simon. Pukka Crusher. Interview with John Eden. Justin Mitchell. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  6. ^ Zog saw Crash Worship LIVE! (2010-09-13). New York City, New York http://garote.bdmonkeys.net/stories/scrashzg.html. Retrieved 1995-1-16.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Aktionskunst And Primitivism (2010-09-13). New York City, New York http://unartignyc.com/2010/09/13/cw/. Retrieved 2010-10-25.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Band, Weirdest. "Crash Worship weirdest band in the world". weirdestband. Retrieved 2010-10-16.