Econoline Crush

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Econoline Crush
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Hurst performing with Econoline Crush in 2008
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Industrial rock, alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active 1992–2001, 2007–present
Labels EMI, Nettwerk, Restless
Members Trevor Hurst
Greg Williamson
Ziggy Sigmund
Alex Varughese
Kyle Shaw
Aaron Skiba

Econoline Crush is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, Canada formed in 1992. They have released four studio albums as well as singles such as "Wicked", "Home", "Surefire", "All That You Are", "Sparkle & Shine", "You Don't Know What It's Like", "Make It Right" and "Dirty".

After the release of their third album, Brand New History, the band was either on hiatus or disbanded, since vocalist Trevor Hurst started his own band, called Hurst. However, during 2007, the band reunited and started touring Canada with Alice Cooper. They released their latest album, Ignite, in 2008.

Band history[edit]

Early years, Purge and Affliction[edit]

Econoline Crush was formed in 1992 when singer Trevor Hurst moved to Vancouver and answered an ad for a new band in a local newspaper. In 1993, the band signed a record deal with EMI Music Canada, after playing only 26 shows.

In 1994, the band released their first EP called Purge, with producer Dale Penner (Nickelback) at the helm, and the band started building a steady following.[citation needed] The album garnered them a nomination for a Juno Award in Canada. One year later, they followed it with the full-length album, Affliction. This album was produced by Rhys Fulber, and they followed it with an extensive Canadian tour. They also toured Europe three times, with the Young Gods, Die Krupps, and Waltari, culminating in an appearance at the POP KOMM Festival in Köln, Germany with Filter.

The Devil You Know and mainstream success[edit]

In 1996, the band signed with the management group Bruce Allen Talent, and started recording at Sound City with producer Sylvia Massy-Shivy, who had worked with Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tool. A year later, they released The Devil You Know. They embarked on a tour with KISS, Foo Fighters, Green Day, The Tea Party and other bands.[2] The album was released in the US in 1998 on Restless Records, and they went again on tour with KISS, Stabbing Westward, God Lives Underwater, among others.[3]

Some of band's songs appeared on television shows, including Melrose Place, Psi Factor, and ESPN, among others.[2] The band received their second Juno nomination for their latest album,[clarification needed] and was asked to perform live at the televised Juno ceremony.[citation needed] The album also received gold and platinum awards.[citation needed]

Brand New History and hiatus[edit]

The band went to California to work on their next album with producers John Travis, Bob Rock and DJ Swamp, which included collaborations with Chris Vrenna (formerly from Nine Inch Nails) and Paul Raven (Killing Joke, Prong, Ministry). In 1999, the band's song "You Don't Know What It's Like" was released as a single and was included on Muchmusic's Big Shiny Tunes 4. In 2001, the band released Brand New History to mixed reviews, despite some moderate commercial success.[4] The album contained the singles "You Don't Know What It's Like" and "Make It Right". The reception of their last album caused the band to disband, and each of the members dedicated time to other projects. During this time, frontman Trevor Hurst started working on a band of his own, called Hurst.

Reunion and Ignite[edit]

In 2007, Hurst announced on his MySpace page that he was working on a new Econoline Crush record, while the band started touring with Hinder. The new lineup of the band was Brent Fitz, Scott Whalen, Kai Markus, and Hurst. Hurst and Markus (who had worked with Noise Therapy and Methods of Mayhem) co-wrote the songs for the new album, which was recorded at Radiostar Studios in California. The album, Ignite, was released on January 15, 2008.[citation needed] Shortly after, the band went on tour with Three Days Grace and Seether.[5] In August 2008, they went on another tour with 3 Doors Down, Staind, and Hinder, followed by a tour with Alice Cooper in September and October 2008.[citation needed] In 2009 the band played at festivals across Canada, including the Halifax Rocks Festival, with KISS, on July 18.[citation needed]

Recent years[edit]

In April 2010 it was announced that Robert Morfitt was back playing guitar. The band embarked on a summer tour in 2010, joined by drummer Greg Williamson and bassist Steve Vincent from Alberta's Tupelo Honey.[citation needed] EMI then released Surefire: The Best of Econoline Crush on September 14, 2010.[citation needed] The band released their latest EP The People Have Spoken Vol. 1 on April 8, 2011.[citation needed]


Current members[edit]

  • Trevor Hurst
  • Greg Williamson
  • Alex Varughese
  • Kyle Shaw
  • Aaron Skiba
  • Ziggy Sigmund

Former members[edit]

  • Jay Benison – drums
  • Don Binns – bass
  • Ron Chamberlain – guitar
  • Robbie Morfitt- guitar
  • Thom Christiansen – bass
  • Brent Fitz – drums
  • Ken Fleming – bass
  • Rhys Fulber – keyboards & programming
  • Mark Gomulinski – bass
  • HACK – guitars
  • Johnny Haro – drums
  • Dave Hesse – guitar
  • Gregg Leask – drums
  • Kai Marcus – guitar
  • Sean McKay (SPM) – keyboards
  • Adam (ATOM) Percy – keyboards
  • Nico Quintal – drums
  • Robert Wagner – drums
  • Scott Whalen – bass
  • Daniel Yaremko 

Harvey j Warren drums


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1996 Affliction -
1997 The Devil You Know 47 Platinum
2001 Brand New History 17
2008 Ignite -

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1994 Purge -
2011 The People Have Spoken Vol. 1 (EP) -


Year Title Chart positions Certifications
2010 Surefire: The Best of Econoline Crush -


Year Single Chart peaks Album


1997 "Home"  — 23[14]  — 35 The Devil You Know
"All That You Are (x3)" 12 9 28 18
1998 "Sparkle & Shine"  —  —  —  —
"Surefire (Never Enough)" 75  —  — 18
2000 "You Don't Know What It's Like"  — 13  — 29 Brand New History
2001 "Make It Right"  — 14  — 21
2008 "Get Out of the Way"  —  —  —  — Ignite
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Hendra, Peter. "Music festival plays on despite ferry woes". The Whig. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  3. ^ inc., Canoe. "Crush on music". Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  4. ^ inc., Canoe. "Econoline Crushed by confusion". Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Econoline Crush: Other '90s Can-Rock Bands Were Too "Poncey" To Survive". Chart. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  6. ^ a b c
    "Econoline Crush Top Albums/CDs positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  7. ^ a b c "Econoline Crush Album & Song Chart History — Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  8. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  9. ^ a b "Gold Platinum Database: Econoline Crush". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles — Volume 68, No. 14, January 25, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Search Term(s): "Econoline" and "Crush"". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Econoline Crush Rock/Alternative positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  13. ^ "Econoline Crush — Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  14. ^ "Rock/Alternative — Volume 65, No. 13, June 02 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 

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