Three chords can change the world...or at least make it more interesting
This was my simple hope when I found punk rock at 13 and, a few years later, started an all-girl band called "Ballroom Burlesque." It was not glamorous. We played backyard gigs in and around L.A.'s rowdy South Bay scene. I was hooked. I'm still hooked.
I dedicate this blog to anyone who has mustered the courage to get up on stage, and to those smart enough to avoid it.
Hayley "Crusher" Cain believes in the power of lipstick and distortion. She's proudly shared the stage with punk legends that she grew up idolizing, like FLAG (members of Black Flag), Jello Biafra, Agent Orange, and The Weirdos.
She is founder, frontwoman, and guitarist of soda pop punk band Hayley and the Crushers of San Luis Obispo, CA. She is currently playing shows across the West Coast in support of her latest full length album, Jewel Case, released Oct. 2016 on Portland label Lost State Records. The release is the second for Hayley and the Crushers, which self produced an EP, Gidget's Revenge, in April 2016. The band is currently working on its third release, Cool Lame, slated for Summer 2018. A second Pacific Northwest Tour is slated for April 2018.
Hayley also produces Sparkle and Destroy podcast, a show for girls and nasty women who make noisy, vibrant art under Trump. She is founder of San Luis Obispo's scrappiest DIY art zine, Swap!, a proud contributor to BUST Online. and played lead guitar Magazine Dirty for years before starting the Crushers. She has also played banjo and guitar in country bands Tarweed Two and the Two-Time Boys and Red Eye Junction. Hayley works as a freelance writer and resides in San Luis Obispo, CA with her two rat dogs, three feminist chickens (Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Frenchie), and bandmate/lover/road dawg Dr. Reid Cain, Esquire, a fake doctor and fake lawyer and King Dummy at Dr. Cain's Comics in downtown SLO. She is still incredibly unglamorous, despite the sequins. ; )