This was my simple hope when I found punk rock at 13 and, a few years later, started an all-girl band at my Southern California high school 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 like FLAG (members of Black Flag), Jello Biafra, Adolescents, Agent Orange, The Briefs, and The Weirdos.
She is founder, frontwoman, and guitarist of soda pop punk band Hayley and the Crushers based in sunny, San Luis Obispo, CA. She is currently playing shows across the US in support of her latest full length LP, COOL/LAME, out now on Eccentric Pop Records. The album follows Jewel Case, released Oct. 2016 on Portland label Lost State Records. The trio also self-released an EP, Gidget's Revenge, in April 2016. Hayley and the Crushers is currently working on a second EP and third full length slated for vinyl release in Summer and Fall 2019, respectively.
Hayley also produces Sparkle and Destroy podcast, a show for femmes who make noisy, vibrant art. She is founder of San Luis Obispo's scrappiest DIY art zine, Swap!, a proud contributor to BUST Online. and played lead guitar in the punk band Magazine Dirty 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, four feminist chickens (Little Pilsner, Wanda Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, and Beyonce), 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 currently penning a book about her life as a teenage punk rock delinquent and is seeking a publisher. Hayley is still incredibly unglamorous, despite the sequins and glitter. ; )