Car Crash Show
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Car Crash Show

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The best kept secret in music


"Review of past performance"

As is the Middle East’s standard, a local band was wedged firmly in the 2nd slot of the night. While this may give remiss to the finicky few, I’m happy to soak up all the local bands I can. Since I know so few, most of my outings tend to involve larger touring acts. Without this slot, I never would have discovered that Car Crash Show is my favourite local band.
The five-piece opened the show with Paper Bag, a low key and keeling indie pop song with tinges of the electronic. Although vocalist/keyboardist Max Stepanuk is the obvious (though certainly reserved) frontman, his counterpart behind the curtain, or Fender Rhodes as it was, completes the necessary duo. For the first several songs of the night, Stepanuk sang into two microphones grasped clumsily in his left hand. One microphone went directly to the soundboard, the other to keyboardist/occasional guitarist Kirstin Bement. For these songs, Bement would play his Fender Rhodes with his left hand, and create and control Stepanuk’s various vocal effects with his right. Additional auxiliary sequences and beats were also triggered from Bement’s control station. Although gimmicky in some cases, the effect never took control of the songs and while definitely apparent, remained tastefully subtle.

"Quotes of Note"

“Their laid back, spacey pop borders on experimental mind music...”
- Joel Simches, The Noise, Boston

“...seep under your skin progressive pop experiments.”
- Shred, WBCN, Boston
- various


"Car Crash Show (I Got It Now)" 2004 (EP)

"Trigger EP" 2002 (EP)

"The Car Crash Show (red dots)" 2001 (EP)

"The Car Crash Show (blue)" 1999 limited release (6 tracks)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Car Crash Show formed in Boston almost six years ago when Kirstin Bement (keyboards, guitars, samplers) relocated from Minnesota with band mate, Sam Hardwig (Drums), to form a new group. Bement found a kindred spirit in Max Stepanuk (Vocals, Synthesizer, Guitar), who had left Philly in search of a music scene. The three eventually hooked up with enigma, Jeff Steiner (Bass) and began a union based in integrity of sound, mastery of craft and poetry of lyricism. Years later they have an impressive catalog of songs, an adoring local fan base and dedication to one another.