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The best kept secret in music


"Does not shred larynx"

Crush Kill Destroy are not in fact a larynx-shredding, double-bass-pummeling death metal troupe. But they do rock, and they do it well. Imagine if June Of 44 stopped fucking around with trumpets and bells and delivered a record solely composed of their more focused, rocking songs... they've clearly got heart, soul, and an excellent grasp of atmosphere and dynamics.
Crush Kill Destroy have a refreshing tendency to let those swells of sound drift into extended, trance-like passages. In other words, they don't blow their wad at the end of every song. Instead, they build and release tension throughout the album on a less volatile (but more rewarding) scale. The band are definitely capable of rocking out, but they do so only in service of the song. Their songwriting skills allow them to keep the often-lengthy songs interesting and invigorated throughout, without resorting to a cliched amp-destroying freakout.
Crush Kill Destroy's other ace up the ol' sleeve is their penchant for seamlessly integrating melody and dissonance. They rival even the mighty Sonic Youth in their ability to marry unorthodox melodic passages to discordant ones; in fact they are so good at it that, several times throughout the album, I didn't even register the clashing notes (check the main guitar melody of "Tim Quits Painting" for a prime example). They've also got some catchy speak-sung vocal lines for good measure (the mantra-like 5/4 chant of "if I stop / will you stop" on "Walter Mondale" will burrow into your skull). - transform online

"guess which one does the crushing"

...math rock that knows no boundaries, that rampages your ineffectual attention span with a deadly arsenal of six-minute grinders that swirl, rise and fall all over your face and tits and everything else you hold dear; while guttural vocals, interspersed rarely as they are in this barren landscape, provide no refuge from the carnage... - boston weeky dig

"multifarious, magnetic"

Those anticipating a Hardcore roar will be -- perhaps pleasantly -- surprised to find CKD to be an intricate, shape-shifting Post Rock juggernaut. That's not to say that the band's music is devoid of tension and intensity. In fact, CKD's music thrives on it... slanted, spooling sculptures of sound, fluidly piloted by emotion, dissonance and tricky, impulsive structuring. The tracks are epic (averaging about six minutes a cut) but never grandiose, sounding like they were composed spontaneously by musicians who are so mentally locked in with each other, you might want to swab their DNA to see if they are blood related. Creating a hypnotic ebb and flow, the drizzling guitars and oscillating rhythms rotate in a bewitchingly circular motion, creating a trickling cascade that is as much Jazz as it is Rock... Though never rising to the aggro implications of its moniker, CKD's meditative, multifarious approach is cerebrally powerful and magnetically creative - cleveland city beat

"twisted synergy"

Chicago's Crush Kill Destroy deviates from the norm and fuses its own style into a twisted synergy of melody and dark distortion. Dueling guitars - one melodic, one heavy-distortion - compete and peak without exploding, and finally fuse into an oddly harmonious duo. Lyrics come at you reminiscent of passionate despair in a red room... guitarists, bassist, drummer, and singer alike all get their respective times to shine, although perhaps not necessarily in solo form - santa barbra independent

""an amazing talent""

The main ingredients of Crush Kill Destroy's rock are a lead guitarist who plays bizarre melodies, a songwriter guitarist who writes fractured, dissonant songs, a bassist who acts like a guitarist (he plays excellent melodies), and a drummer who pulls it all together with jazzy grooves.
The instruments interact so cleanly and so perfectly that it's easy to miss how talented these musicians really are. They've spent a lot of time cultivating their dissonant, hypnotic, rocking work here, and as a result, the songs float on in a very ethereal way. It's a genuinely new sound to me, so the entire experience of listening to Metric Midnight feels a little bit removed from reality... These guys have an amazing talent for songwriting, and it shows up on Metric Midnight. If you're a fan of moody rock, you should not let this one get by you. - Independent Clauses

"as midwest as it gets"

The dual guitarwork, so daunting that it's nearly abrasive, sets the band apart from typical pseudo-punk excursions, as well as the melodic, beautiful, dirty bass lines. The band is as Midwest as it gets, all attitude and confidence, with vocals that assert a dark stranglehold as soon as they are introduced. The band's upcoming Metric Midnight expands on what it did in the past-the dreary, carefully constructed guitars paint nightmares upon a devious canvas of doom. Certainly edgy, cutthroat and dogged, Crush Kill Destroy naturally recalls Shellac in both aggression and sharpness. Energetic and demanding, the band gets the job done. - ur chicago

"fugazi on meth"

Blending post-punk noise rock with post-hardcore, it's Fugazi on bad crystal meth and cigarettes. There's elements of math rock in there for the geeks to fawn over but there's never a lack of distortion or aggression... Crush Kill Destroy stokes the fire with rusted iron hoping to be improvisational enough to not fall into the sinking category of bands who just succumb to being noise rather than actual music. I for one am all ears. -

"signposts not blueprints"

Crush Kill Destroy have obviously absorbed their fair share of influences-Sonic Youth and Slint spring immediately to mind-but approach them as signposts rather than blueprints to be scrupulously followed. On the new Metric Midnight, the Chicago band allow themselves to stretch out without ever venturing into unnecessary jazziness, and their willingness to embrace atonality gives the songs an edge lacking in much of the current post-rock camp. - the onion (milwaukee/madison ed)

"pounding it into the ground"

If Can pioneered experimental rock, and Sonic Youth took it to new heights, then Crush Kill Destroy are taking it to new depths, pounding it into the ground as a pursuit of originality rather than punishment. The guitars aren't fucked with per se; it's more like the guitars are doing the fucking. Almost everything is played in a weird key, but the band confidently plows through the sharp turns and odd time sigs as if they were pumping out the easiest punk riffs ever. - now wave

"scorched earth"

Musically scheming is as complex as it is subtle, as if it has just written the soundtrack to a brilliant yet seedy plot that it would love to tell you about...Metric Midnight is an undeniably forceful venture, but rather than maneuvering violently through their songs with a sort of scorched earth philosophy, the band harnesses its aggression, letting it seep out like a slow but unpatchable leak. - on Milwaukee


punctuate our phrases, makoto recordings, 2001. much action walking distance, makoto recordings 2002. Metric Midnight, No Karma, 2006. All of metric midnight is available on itunes, songs are streaming at and our website, . Each of our records has done well on college radio.


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We are Crush Kill Destroy from Chicago, Illinois. We play aggressive, confident, angular, original rock. No, not metal...the name suggests a take no prisoners approach to our music and our band rather than a genre. The five years we've spent making rock together have seen us through two well-received albums on now-defunct Makoto Recordings, a move from Ann Arbor to Chicago, several tours of the Midwest and East Coast, and tons of shows at The Empty Bottle, The Magic Stick, and an appearance at Michigan Fest '02 among the likes of Liars, Ted Leo and Milemarker. We'd all been in bands before (Empire State Games, Larval, Draftsman, and Poignant Plecostumus among them), and we knew that making music was what we were born to do, but when Brian brought us together in 1999 we soon realized that our unique camaraderie and uncanny shared instincts would allow us to finally make music without making compromises. Crush Kill Destroy has what all great bands have: an ability to let each member shine even as the songs transcend what any individual member could accomplish on their own.

We draw our influences from bands that are loyal to their own unique voice and strengths: Slint and Polvo for their intensity; Don Caballero's chops and rhythmic freedom, Television's complex structures and interplay. Our music transcends these influences, as those bands transcend theirs. In our songs, you'll hear a rock solid, tight rhythm section featuring Chris Salmon on drums and Toby Summerfield on bass. Chris is the loudest, tightest drummer you've ever heard and Toby's inventiveness and skill are as awe-inspiring as his giant-like stature. Brian Hacker and Jacob Kart (guitar) strangle each other above the fray, their guitar lines intertwining telepathically, or issuing churning patterns of chords that escalate with raucous intensity until giving way to a glorious whole. Seated upon the axis is Brian's voice, alternating between calm reassurance and manic energy.

All of these forces are harnessed in service to the songs on Metric Midnight, which we have obsessed over, rehearsed endlessly, hummed in our heads on the way to work, and written in a way wholly unique to us. Crush Kill Destroy is the songwriter in Crush Kill Destroy. It's an organic, anarchic process -- tensions run high, and the sense of victory when it all comes together is why we do what we do. These songs churn and soar, take hairpin turns that shock even us, yet never fail to seem entirely natural. Songs that you'll find it hard to forget, and that you'll discover something new in every time you listen.

From the menacing bass line and slashing guitars of its opening, to the thunderous drums and frenetic saxophones of its closing, this is our best music ever, music that realizes the potential of our past and looks toward the possibilities in our future.