Econoline Crush

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Econoline Crush
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Hurst performing with Econoline Crush in 2008
Background information
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndustrial rock, alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active1992–2001, 2007–present
LabelsEMI, Nettwerk, Restless
MembersTrevor Hurst
Ziggy Sigmund

Econoline Crush is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, 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 from Seattle after he answering an ad seeking a vocalist, in the local Seattle newspaper, The Rocket, placed by Chris Meyers for a project with Tom Ferris. Meyers and Ferris had been advertising and searching for years for a vocalist before Hurst successfully auditioned. Ferris, Meyers and Hurst began writing demos and shortly thereafter, with the support of David Hawkes, a DJ on local Vancouver AM radio station, Coast 1040, Econoline Crush started to receive frequent airplay, and fan and music industry attention. In 1993, with Hurst at the helm, after Ferris and Meyers left the band, Econoline Crush 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, 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.[1][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.[1] 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]

The 1999 Sony PlayStation game Sled Storm featured mix versions of the songs "Sparkle and Shine", "Nowhere Now", and "Surefire".

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 - vocals
  • Ziggy Sigmund - guitar (1997 to 2002, 2010 to present)

Former members[edit]

  • Tom Ferris - keyboards (1994)
  • Hack - guitar (1994 to 1996)
  • Robbie Morfitt - guitar (1994 to 1997, 2010 to 2014)
  • Gregg Leask - drums (1994 to 1996)
  • Dan Yaremko - bass (1994 to 1997, 1998 to 2002, 2007)
  • Rhys Fulber - keyboards (1994 to 1996)
  • Robert Wagner - drums (1996 to 1997)
  • Don Binns - bass (1997)
  • Ken Fleming - bass (1996 to 1997)
  • Thom Christiansen - bass (1997 to 1998)
  • Nico Quintal - drums (1997 to 2001)
  • Johnny Haro - drums (1999 to 2002)
  • Mark Peterson - guitar (2001)
  • Jay Benison - drums (2007)
  • Dave Heese - guitar (2007)
  • Mark Gomulinski - bass (2007)
  • Harvey Warren - drums (2007)
  • Brent Fitz - drums (2008 to 2009)
  • Scott Whalen - bass (2008 to 2010)
  • Kai Markus - guitar (2008 to 2009)
  • Ron Chamberlain - guitar (2009 to 2010)
  • Sean McKay - keyboards (2009)
  • Adam Percy - keyboards (2009)
  • Nik Pesut - drums (2009)
  • Greg Williamson - drums (2010 to 2017)
  • Steve Vincent - bass (2010 to 2015)
  • Alex Varughese - bass (2015 to 2017)
  • Kyle Shaw - keyboards (2016 to 2017)
  • Aaron Skiba - guitar (2016 to 2017)



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[15]  — 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 "Dirty"  — 13  —  — Ignite
"Get Out of the Way"  — 41  —  —

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "Econoline Crush: Other '90s Can-Rock Bands Were Too "Poncey" To Survive". Chart. 2008-01-18. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
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    "Econoline Crush Top Albums/CDs positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
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  9. ^ "Top Singles — Volume 68, No. 14, January 25, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  10. ^ "Search Term(s): "Econoline" and "Crush"". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  11. ^ "Econoline Crush Rock/Alternative positions". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  12. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "Rock/Alternative — Volume 65, No. 13, June 02 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2011-06-02.

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