Larson performing with The Aquabats in 2013.
|Birth name||Chad Albert Larson|
|Also known as||Crash McLarson|
|Born||October 27, 1965|
|Genres||Rock, pop punk, punk rock, new wave, ska|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, trombone|
|Associated acts||The Aquabats, B.H.R., The Sandfleas, The Immortals|
Chad Albert Larson (born October 27, 1965) is an American musician, best known as the co-founder and bass guitarist for the Orange County rock band The Aquabats, in which he performs under the stage name and persona of Crash McLarson. From 2012 to 2014, Larson also played Crash McLarson on The Hub original series The Aquabats! Super Show!.
Larson has been a member of The Aquabats since the group's inception, having co-founded the band alongside Christian Jacobs and Boyd Terry in 1994. In the earliest days of the band, Larson played trombone before switching to bass guitar. Since then, he's acted as one of The Aquabats' most prominent songwriters, writing or co-writing a majority of the band's material. On The Aquabats! Super Show!, Larson worked as an occasional composer alongside his other bandmates in addition to his co-starring role, as well as contributing screenwriting credits, most prominently on the 2013 episode "The Shark Fighter!".
In the early 1990s and up until their break-up in 1997, Larson was also the bassist for the hardcore punk band B.H.R., an acronym whose meaning regularly changed. In 1999, Larson performed anonymously with other members of The Aquabats in the side project The Sandfleas, where he played guitar under the stage name "Breath".
Outside of The Aquabats, Larson made a career as a professional electrician, up until the network acquisition of The Aquabats! Super Show! enabled him and the rest of the band to work on the series full-time. He currently lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife and four children, and, like bandmates Jacobs and Ian Fowles, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- The Return of the Aquabats (1996) - bass
- The Fury of the Aquabats! (1997) - bass, organ, vocals
- The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death! (1999) - bass, vocals
- Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (2000) - bass guitar
- Yo! Check Out This Ride! EP (2004) - bass guitar
- Charge!! (2005) - bass, vocals
- Radio Down! (2010) - bass, backing vocals
- Hi-Five Soup! (2011) - bass, vocals
- Breaking In! (1993)
- Guttermouth/B.H.R. 7" split (1993)
- Four Songs Four Jerks (1999) - guitar
- Boehm, Mike (October 28, 1997). "The Aquabats' Saturday Morning Mission; Who Are Those Masked Men? A Brea Band With a New CD and Plans for Capturing a TV Audience". The Los Angeles Times.
- "A Band Called The Aquabats!: A Sweaty History of Radness documentary". Serious Awesomeness!. 2003.
- "Works written by LARSON, CHAD". ASCAP.com.
- "MTV Geek Interview: Christian Jacobs assembles The Aquabats! Super Show!". MTV.com. March 1, 2012.
- "A Short Talk with The Aquabats' Crash McLarson". Splendid e-zine.
- Chad Larson on Internet Movie Database
- Tastes Like Chicken interview with Crash McLarson
- Spendid e-zine interview with Crash McLarson
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