HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS: JEWEL CASE
In early October, surf punk band Hayley and the Crushers released their first full album, Jewel Case. Originating from San Luis Obispo, this grungy, sticky sweet trio comes out strong with a garage sound that makes you want to dance.
Described as “punk n roll tunes that span the gamut of doodles found on Hayley’s high school notebook” in their Bandcamp blurb, the 12 tracks on Jewel Case serve as a time machine back to an imaginary time when you were as cool as you wished you were in high school. The album hits hard right from the start with the opening track “Seventeen Strum”, as front woman Hayley Cain sings over the classic lo-fi surf punk drum and guitar sound about the cooler, leather-jacket wearing, gin-drinking, older sister-type girl we all idolized as fourteen year olds. Almost every track on the album perfectly nails high school experiences, from the first time blacking out at a party, to boys who never call, to figuring out how to contact a drug dealer. A personal favorite is “Hotshot,” a dance track that we all could have used as encouragement to dump our kind-of-an-asshole high school boyfriends.
Hayley and the Crushers is the musical equivalent to bazooka bubblegum stuck to the bottom of a combat boot. They combine their bubblegum punk sound with romanticized high school sentimentality to give us a great album to put on when you drive around your hometown lamenting the days of reckless youth.
photos by REID CAIN
written by ANNA SCHLENZ