ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS:
100% Rock Magazine- http://magazine.100percentrock.com/interviews/201507/124999
Music Legends- http://musiclegends.ca/interviews/crashdollz-interview/
Music Interview Magazine- http://musicinterviewmagazine.com/2015/06/24/crashdollz-rachel-rekkit-counter-culture-axe-queen/
Atomic Leg Drop Magazine- https://atomiclegdropzine.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/rachelrekkit/
Ryze Up Magazine (Pg. 84)- http://www.ryze-up.com/magazine/February_2014/#1
Guitar Radio Show- http://guitarradioshow.com/episode-96-rachel-rekkit-from-the-crashdollz/
Power Rock Podcast Interview- http://powerrockpodcasts.com/crash-dollz/
Wiseguys Show Interview- http://www.wiseguysddv.com/tag/crashdollz/
Big Lou Interview Podcast- https://youtu.be/LvG-FIioEBk
Rockwired Radio Profile- http://www.rockwired.com/rockwiredprofiles445.html
MARR Army Rock Show Interview- https://youtu.be/gCEkpFTZ40g
Let us have a blast through this Album with a track by track review.
1. DUMPSTER PUNK - Right away we are deluged by a riotous wall of sound tearing along like an express train with aggressive and snarling vocals from Nikki. This is high octane, no messing punk/metal heaven. Explosive guitar licks from Rachel and a manic rhythm section all gelling together and blowing your house down. Nikki's angst ridden vocals tearing through your system and kicking you in the balls. Great opening track with enjoyable lyrics that will stick in your mind.
2. 27 TULIP PASS - Great pounding drumbeat, then the track explodes with a great 70's punk feel to the sound of this driving number. Nikki's vocals are infectious and at times she sounds like a wounded cat, in a very good way of course. Rachel's searing guitar licks saw right through to the bone as the whole number takes you apart in grand punk style. This will get your adrenaline pumping and have you leaping about in no time. Super stuff.
3. NOVOCAINE - Your senses are hammered straight away by a deep angry tumult of noise. Nikki comes in with her tormented vocals, she has you immediately eating out of her hands and is in full control as she delivers venomous, punk style vocals backed by Rachel's manic guitar shredding as the bass and drums pound away all creating a punk/metal fusion."I AM A JUNKIE FOR YOUR DISEASE " snarls Nikki as she torments you. The track slows down briefly with some searing guitar licks from Rachel before taking off again like a rocket and going totally bonkers, smashing you in the face till the end. WOW !!!
4. BAD TASTE BARBIE - Another blistering track with pounding drums and searing guitars. Nikki's infectious vocals crawl over you like the plague, playing with your brain cells. Some wailing siren noises enter the mix, giving the track another element. This is a great anthem style punk number with superb angry guitar work, shredding your nerves and taking you apart bit by bit as it reaches an adrenalin fuelled hectic close. Nice and nasty, "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KEN ?"
5. DOLLHOUSE - A very gloomy, creepy beginning with a tint of evilness within the sound. Nikki enters with almost spoken vocals that are chilling as she leads you into her madhouse. The track explodes with a slow, angry rhythm creating a black and dark sounding track, full of eeriness with tints of Gothic. The whole number overcomes you with its hypnotic rhythm and throws up black shadows. This is scary, nasty stuff indeed and totally insane, don't play this in the dark. A number to give you nightmares and will continue to play in the dark recesses of your mind.
6. U.S PUNK BOMBS - Opens with a spacey intro that buzzes around in your head amid the creative sound of bombs before exploding into aggressive punk fury, pelting along at supersonic speed with Nikki returning to her nasty angst ridden vocals. This is right in your face, aggressive energy that will rip you apart and some sonic sounds shooting out at you amongst the madness. An insane track full of tasty guitar licks from Rachel, manic drums and insane vocals combining to get you jumping about like a madman.
7. FEMALE ANARCHY - Starting with a great steady drum beat as Nikki enters with some anarchic vocals as the track ignites with insane power, propelling its way through your system. Lots of different textures and beats on offer here. Rachel's guitar work is excellent and compliments Nikki's punk style vocals to a perfection. This is high octane fueled stuff that motors along with punk aggression and defiance ..... Female anarchy rules.
8. SUGAR ROCKET - Just as you've got your breath back, we are hit again with some blistering hot punk attitude. Nikki's addictive vocals hold your attention once again as Rachel's guitar licks shred your nerves to pieces. This is another track that lifts your adrenalin level up another notch as the track takes you through a blitzkrieg of maniacal, aggressive bliss. Sheer punk power that will leave you exhausted.
9. I WILL NOT BE IGNORED - Starting with Nikki chanting the song title, then the band kicks in once again with super charged power, full of aggressiveness and angst. "I WILL NOT BE IGNORED" will have you chanting along with Nikki on the chorus and slamming about to the violent surge of punk aggression. Total chaos reigns as the number thunders out of your speakers, turn up the volume and let it take you over. Rachel produces some great intermittent shredding once again throughout this absorbing number.
10. WRECKING BALL - Not to be confused with the pop number by a certain Miley Cyrus, this is pure punk fuelled rock that is catchy with an underlying menace. This wrecking ball will smack you straight in the face. A great driving beat with metal overtones, Nikki is on fine form again with her unique style vocals. The whole band is rocking again, maybe not so fast as some of the previous numbers, but more on the heavier side with some great guitar work from Rachel and a powerful rhythm section supplying a deeper, driving backbone. Great head banging stuff that will also have you leaping about, leaving you like a wrecked ball.
Well this has got to be one of the finest Punk albums I have heard for decades. Full of aggression and high octane energy from start to finish, all done in their own unique style and putting their own stamp on the genre. The album is absolutely crazy and manic and will get your adrenaline pumped up, in no time you will be slamming and leaping about with the bands music. This album should please punk and metal fans alike with its infectious vocals and searing guitar licks. Can't wait to hear their second album which is coming soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED .... 10/10
Detroit has a rich musical legacy from Alice Cooper and Electric Six to Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith, eccentric musician Ted Nugent and bonafide rock legend, Iggy Pop.
The city today has a burgeoning live scene and Crashdollz are doing their best to bring their punk attitude, Heavy Metal power, virtuoso musicianship and sexy/trashy/gutter punk image into a whole new music revolution that could only have come out of Detroit.
Their debut self-titled album is some twelve tracks long (including two radio edits tagged on the end giving maximum value for money), and it manages showcase the different sides to the band and the how their musical influences have shaped the bands sound.
The punk influences of the band are obvious on 'Dumpster Punk'. Not only is the title your first clue, but once you get into it, it's a very noisy tune with drummer Mikk Manikk's sound unfortunately not very punchy at all. Still, he shows good ability with the relentless beat and use of his cymbals.
Vocalist Nikki Darling gives a fittingly punky performance, which leads you to think you know where the album is going, and you're not disappointed at the result. 'US Punk Bomb' is a similar sounding number with its long intro that's picked up by Manikk before the guitar and vocals eventually kick in. A fast paced song, it features some synthesised vocals with the short lyrics delivered well by Darling with the overall guitar sound from Rachel Rekkit driving the song.
In comparison, '27 Tulip Pass' is a much more solid track with Manikk really laying down a great intro before the main vocals from Darling begin with a simple but effective count in. The difference to the punky sounding tracks is tangible – sure, this song still retains a fairly frenetic pace, but the drum sound is completely different - much more solid sounding, whilst Darling gives a much more self assured performance. Rekkit plays a great guitar solo which could be more to the fore of the overall mix but that's a minor criticism from me.
Likewise, 'Bad Taste Barbie' has Rekkit leading the way again with some inventive tremolo work and there's nothing slowing the band down here. Some harmony vocals give the song extra depth whilst Rekkit's guitar punctuates in between the verses. The catchy chorus leads onto one of Rekkit's best solos which shows what a prodigious talent she is. All in all, though, this track was firm favourite of mine from an early listen, and only gets better after repeated listens.
'Novocaine' has Rekkit sliding down the fretboard in another fast paced number. "Gimme some medicine, I need something to numb me" references the title of the song (a drug given to people to stop them feeling pain). Darling is at her most ferocious here as the opening lines of "Fucked! Like a muthafuckin jackhammer!" ring out, tinged with a bit of venom, so you wonder how much of this song is down to personal experience or whether she's just playing a part. If it's the latter, she's playing it really well!
The slower mid section sounds a little disjointed but then this could be just for effectual purposes of the song, before the pace ramps back up once again. 'Sugar Rocket', on the other hand, has an almost thrash Metal feel to it. Manikk's drum beat is relentless as is the performance from Darling, and you can just imagine how much fun this song can be live and could be a great end to the bands live set.
It's not all fast songs and rock n' roll/punk attitudes as they demonstrate with 'Dollhouse' which is a much slower and moodier paced number. The songs intro is filled with atmosphere with the guitar and simple almost spoken rather than sung lyrics giving it a haunting quality. It's a showcase for Darling, though, who shows what she can really do vocally. Manikk plays a simple but effective beat and the song does have an overall creepy feeling about it.
Certainly, it's a good solid debut from the band and with work starting on their follow up album, their future looks very bright indeed.
Detroit punk rockers Crashdollz are set to unleash their visceral sounding hybrid of punk and metallic aggression with the release of their debut self titled album. Having caught the acclaim of radio shows and playing alongside Negative Approach and LA Guns, the quartet are ready to deliver their trashy gutter punk vibrancy to their ever growing fan base.
Exploding into action with, ‘Dumpster Punk’, the opening track glides along with speedy guitars and consistent drum work. The band unveil some impressive lead guitar manoeuvres around half way as the infectious chorus kicks back in.
‘27 Tulip Pass’ comes with an immediate sounding riffs and a strong vocal performance. The infectious guitars remain highly present and is no doubt a fan favourite at live shows.
The record conjures up plenty of high moments. From the gritty dialogue of ‘Bad Taste Barbie’ to the galloping drums of ‘Sugar Rocket’, making these guys an impressive accessory to any punk fan’s music collection.
Meanwhile, the angry grooves of ‘Wrecking Ball’ show Crashdollz spilling out plenty of memorable lyrics, edgy guitars, and enough energy to turn a mosh pit into a full scale riot.
Although there is nothing revolutionary about their sound, Crashdollz do come with a strong sense of urgency and with a sense that their potency has yet to bloom fully. However, at such an early stage in their career they may just be at the start of something big! Promising debut.
CrashDollz are a badass chick fronted punk-rock band from Detroit, Michigan consisting of Nikki on vocals, Rachel on guitar, Mikk on drums, and Kevin "Krank" on bass. As they state on their facebook page, their interests are â€œtaking over the worldâ€. Since 2010, this band has been kicking major ass and taking names. CrashDollz's self-titled full length album was released in 2013, and was recorded at Union City Studios in Flint Michigan. The album is complete with attitude and straight up girl power! Think old school Joan Jett And The Blackhearts meets new age punk rock anarchy rage.
"27 Tulip Pass" and "Dumpster Punk" are just a couple of songs to name that fans should check that really show the band's true and unique sound. Singer Nikki Darling has a wide range of vocals that are full of aggression and intensity that captures that classic punk sound that has been missing for a while in the music scene. If you're unable to have the pleasure of seeing the group live due to distance, you can view some of CrashDollz's live performances on YouTube.
They are definitely a band to watch out for in the upcoming years with their raunchy guitar riffs, crashing drums, and signature energetic vocals (not to mention the ladies dress up in some pretty sexy clothing). We cannot wait to see what they do next and are anticipating their next release.
I had no idea that this was going on in Detroit! I am referring to CrashDollz, whose 2013 self titled release landed in my lap last week. Way cool riffs, great vocals, and a solid rhythm section fill the 12 tracks. The songs are wonderful, with dynamite changes, cool effects, hard rock guitar, and a punk attitude. The sound attacks from the 1st note, grabbing you by the throat, and never letting go. There are no bad tracks here, but pay particular attention to ‘Novocaine‘, with its great riff, cool changes, and almost psych-rock guitar solo. ‘Sugar Rocket‘ delivers great guitar, cool effects, and nice changes. ‘I Will Not Be Ignored‘ has a dynamite vocal track, great guitar effects, and stands out as the anthem for a new generation of punk. My favorite track, ‘Dollhouse‘ has a surprisingly interesting intro, and some way cool effects, tripping me back to the psychedelica of the late 1960s.
This is no holds barred, pure unadulterated Power-Punk. The songs are great, and the album features production techniques I do not usually associate with punk. The energy level is off the chart. CrashDollz has forever changed my image of punk, and now I am thinking of heading down to Detroit to catch a live show. Or, maybe I could entice them to come up to Toronto for a few gigs. This album just plain kicks ass.Excitingly innovative and inventive, I only wish that I found it sooner. Play it loud. Play it often.
CrashDollz, the electrifying Detroit punk/metal crossover band has had the whole Midwest and beyond talking… Aggressive intensity and a mean 1-2 punch of psychotic punk-glamour and excellent songwriting is the foundation upon which a new rock and roll movement is built on with excellent musicianship, killer vocals and a stage show that cannot be described. It must be seen.
Has the new Rock and Roll Wet Dream finally arrived? … Yessss…
Nikki Darling is the dynamo gale-force wind of hostile chaotic anger. Caged and let loose on stage like a wild animal, Nikki brings unhinged punk and
Rachel Rekkit shreds like Eddie Van Hendrix and performs like Sid Vicious on bath salts.
They hail from the same bad streets that brought us MC5, Iggy and the Stooges, and the punk band Death. They've played with everyone from Jello Biafra to Great White. They have song titles like "Dumpster Punk", "Bad Taste Barbie", "Female Anarchy", "Sugar Rocket", and "U.S. Punk Bombs". And their lead singer's name is Nikki Darling. Yep, I'm talking about the legends in the making, CrashDollz! Let's all give them a hardy welcome and then be sure to thank the band for this special treat that they have brought for us today. It's called "CrashDollz" and boy is this self-titled affair ever fun! Well, maybe "fun" isn't the right word choice to describe this full-length party in the making. How about "wild"? No? Maybe "crazy"? No? OK, maybe "mischievous"? That's still not enough? Well, I'm stumped for a description then as the truth of the matter is "CrashDollz" is all of that (fun, wild, crazy and most definitely mischievous!) and then so much more my friends! "CrashDollz" serves as my first introduction to this four-piece band and as far as first impressions goes this was truly one of my better first dates! At it's core it's definitely rock (as is R-O-C-K!), but not in the way you might think. It's more rock and roll in the fine traditional of Detroit's previously mentioned greats (MC5, Iggy & Stooges, Death, etc...) or even a band like the Ramones. It's rock and roll the way Motörhead would do it or rock and roll by way of The Runaways if the Sex Pistols had been their greatest source of inspiration! Yes, it's that kind of rock and roll and it is absolutely glorious! But then again, "CrashDollz" is as much about fierily punk rock as it is rock and then it's also about honest to goodness heavy metal! So, you've got rock, punk and heavy metal in an album like "CrashDollz". What more could you possibly ask for? Oh, did I mention how it's available for free on the group's bandcamp page? That's right kids. "CrashDollz" is free for the taking and with a new album planned for sometime later this summer now is as good a time as any to join the party! Recorded at Union City Studios in Flint, MI, "CrashDollz" was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of Nikki Darling and her equally awesome bandmates (guitarist Rachel Rekkits, bassist Kevin "Krank" Kekes and drummer Mikk Mannikk) and with nowhere to go but up it's easy enough to see this band going from being one of Detroit's premier punk bands to world-wide favorites in no time flat! Especially seeing as their live show is reportedly ever bit as righteous as this self-tiled album is! I want to thank the band for contacting Heavy Metal Time Machine about their free album and encourage all of our readers to check out CrashDollz's online site for more information about this very cool band!
“Fantastic female fronted rock/punk and more band. We say more because that’s what you get, the way they have mixed heavy rock in with punk and added a big touch of diversity by adding some thrash to there style. Exciting full on and highly charged, one great band indeed. Vocally superb, Lyrically supreme and the music will blow you away. A must add for any collection.”
- Scotty D, http://rockbandom.com/crashdollz/ (Apr 21, 2015)
“If you look up the definition of “Punk Rock”, you will read variations describing a loud, fast-paced, hard-edged, even crass, form of music producing expressions of youthful rebellion. Bands such as Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones were recognized as the pioneers of the punk movement. I think the definition could be simplified to: CrashDollz CrashDollz brings punk sneer combining demented aggression, heavy metal power, virtuoso musicianship and sexy/trashy/gutter punk image into a whole new music revolution.”
Craig Brzezinski - http://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/crashdollz/ 2-1-2014
“Come away from the music of CRASHDOLLZ knowing that rock n roll is still alive. With a new year on the rise, it's good to know that there is a band out there with the same mission as ROCKWIRED. Based in Flint, Michigan CRASH DOLLZ are adding a little bombast to their local scene as well as in a few surrounding stages with their full frontal rock n roll assault accentuated by NIKKI DARLING's SUZI QUATRO-like growl and IGGY POP-sized stage presence as well as RACHEL REKKIT's lethal guitar licks. This ain't girl power. This is women's rawk and CRASHDOLLZ lays it down on the tracks NOVOCAINE, DOLLHOUSE and the slamming FEMALE ANARCHY.”
Brian Lush - Rockwired Magazine http://www.rockwired.com/rockwiredprofiles445.html 12-29-2013
“Now ths is what I call something special. CrashDollz have got everything going for them with this 12 tracker which is a marvelous fusion of punk and metal. Imagine L7 jamming with Warrior Soul in a padded cell with attitude dripping from the walls and the door locked shut. Tracks like "27 Tulip Pass", "Novocaine" and "Female Anarchy" are some of the very best songs Ive ever had the pleasure of hearing and the level of ferocity that goes with them can be terrifying at times. Guitarist Rachel thrashes out riffs in pure Johnny Thunders style while singer Nikki attacks the vocal duties as if her life was about to end. This is the real deal people! Upfront, honest, no bullshit sleaze-punk which hacks away at you like a knife-wielding maniac. Not only is this the album of the issue but it's also the best punk album of 2013. Rated 10 out of 10 (a first for this magazine)”
Rob - Positive Creed Fanzine (UK Print magazine. Release date- December 2013
"There are plenty of bands and people that want to be back in the 80's these days, or (maybe better) just relive them. While Crashdollz, a nostalgic punk metal band from Detroit, certainly has music that could have commanded the airwaves at the time, they moreso cultivate that classic atmosphere in their own way and update it for today’s music fans. It’s not often that we find a band so simultaneously in tune with the past and the present, but when we do, we can’t get enough of it.
If the live videos are any indication, Crashdollz are about as anomalous as it gets on stage. Lead singer, Nikki Darling, cockily struts across the stage in her high heels, sneering and snarling at the crowd, all while her middle fingers bombard the audience without a care in the world. Lead guitarist, Rachel Rekkit, has an equally intimidating presence and somehow finds a way to run into the crowd and back in high heels, without ever missing a note during her ever impressive solos. If Mötley Crüe drifted up from the underworld as females and were way tougher than they ever were with Tommy Lee, you’d have the perfect recipe for CrashDollz.
Lead single “Novocaine” is the most alluring introductory package for the band, with its bold attitude and confident lyrics, “You got that thing that I need / I’m a junkie for your disease”. Darling’s snotty delivery is only made more powerful by her unabashed, open nature—this woman isn’t afraid of anything, and she’s going to prove it to you, time and time again. After some impressive speed and energy, the song slows down in tempo during the bridge, as a fuzzy Rekkit solo emerges to seemingly cap off the track. Then, the song immediately jolts back to life thanks to the drums, and CrashDollz finishes the song in style, as strong as it began.
With an entire album to dive into on Bandcamp, and a live show that dominates the stage, CrashDollz has no shortage of material, and spunk, to offer to the world, and all of it is right at our fingertips. If you’re looking to take a journey to the past while still feeling in tune with the present, and getting something fresh and new, CrashDollz, in all of their fierceness and energy, is the answer. If you’re not looking for something like that, these musicians are as confident as it comes, and they’ll gladly give you a big "F*** YOU" as they continue to rock on!"
Max Puhala - Hear This Promotions http://hearthispromotions.weebly.com/reviewsinterviews/htp-review-crashdollz 2-3-2014
“Hit play and you will soon find yourself with a stiff neck as head-banging is an essential accompaniment to the high energy rock thrust into the room by CrashDollz. As subtle as a brick in the face, this is music which is hurled into the audience. The well-set framework of bass and drums allows CrashDollz to set this off with slick guitar riffs and a mewling vocal which gives the rock rooted material a jolt from the ’80s to the ’10s with a lightness of touch that makes the music far more than a throwback. This is a band who I should not be reviewing as they offer everything that a major label could possibly want from an act, yet, such are the vagaries of the industry and I am delighted that they currently remain precisely the reason Indie Bands Blog started back in 2009 and I wish them all the best for the future. Accosting attitude, visceral vocals, glittering guitar, drilling drums, booming bass, vixen visuals – what else does a band need I ponder? I leave this review feeling completely invigorated and refreshed as CrashDollz make the 21st Century seem relevant once again; in one fell swoop of engaging enthusiasm and impressive musical competence. Thank you CrashDollz for doing what you do and long may you continue to do it, ever more loudly.”
Tim - Emerging Indie Bands http://emergingindiebands.com/crashdollz/ 1-29-2014
“CrashDollz are a high voltage shot of punkish glam metal in the vein of The Runaways and The Plasmatics with crispy hard rock riffs and plenty of hair-metal styled sleaze. For those of you looking for the missing link between Motley Crue’s party metal and 7 Year Bitch’s snarling punk rock, look no further than CrashDollz. Led by the scantily clad duo of femme fatales, vocalist Nikki Darling and guitar slinger Rachel Rekkit, and backed by the driving rhythm section of bassist Kevin Krank and drummer Brian Kaos, CrashDollz create a high energy spectacle that takes no prisoners yet still manages to bring the fun back to heavy music.”
elsalvador1990 - Atomic Leg Drop Zine https://atomiclegdropzine.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/rachelrekkit/ 12-20-2013
“CRASHDOLLZ is fronted by Nikki Darling who kills it harder than most guys in the Punk Rock scene. Her vocals can be very harsh and gritty old school Punk, but also a bit more melodic and modern Punk as well. The band has a really cool gritty old school '70's styled D.I.Y. Punk Rock sound. There is a fast paced kind of chaotic sound to the majority of their music, which is the way Punk is supposed to sound. Also a bit of Rockabilly or Psychobilly influences mostly in the guitar riffing and some of the song arrangements. A combination of LUNACHICKS meet THE PLASMATICS meet BETTY BLOWTORCH meet BABES IN TOYLAND. The CRASHDOLLZ are a killer old school Punk Rock band that fans that grew up during the '70's & '80's Punk movements will love, but they will still pull in a lot of fans of modern day Punk as well. I loved the CRASHDOLLZ and would love to see them in concert.”
Burt wolf - Beowulf Productions http://www.beowolfproductions.com/Crashdollz-Crashdollz.html
“Born out of the hotbed of the grandfathers of garage punk, Detroit band Crashdollz certainly know a thing or two about rock music. One of them is raw, and the other is loud. Fronted by the eye catching female duo of Nikki Darling on vocals and Rachel Rekkit on guitar, this punk rock crew have created a bit of a buzz in and out of Michigan. The self-titled debut album kicks off with 'Dumpster Punk', a riotous blast of punk rock, followed by a more grungey sounding '27 Tulip Pass'. 'Novocaine' begins with enough f-words to turn air blue and is one of the best tracks on the album with a catchy chorus. The album continues in the same breathless vein until 'Dollhouse', a sludgey, menacing creeper of a song and a welcome change of pace, and along with the opening track, it is the definite highlight on the album.”
Anne Johanna - Mudkiss Fanzine http://www.mudkiss.com/august2013albums.htm August 2013 (scroll down a little)
“Crashdollz hail from Detroit and they are purveyors of blood red hard rock steak with a punk rock seasoning on top. That’s a relentlessly macho musical place to be but adding in female vocals and, perhaps surprisingly, a female guitarist has a distinctly positive effect. Crashdollz know that they have to make music to accompany professional late night beer drinking (and consequently they may cause your average mid-western 14 year old male to explode prematurely). Witness the overt sexuality in “Novocaine” if you need to hear the proof that heating things right up is their way. Now on to what makes Crashdollz a bit different. The lyrics go a good bit further than you might expect with the surf powered “Bad Taste Barbie” throwing a verbal rock right at you. That pushing things a bit further attitude extends into twisting their songs into something simultaneously theatrical and disturbing. I’m talking about "Dollhouse" and its the song of the album.”
Bluesbunny - Bluesbunny Independent Music Review http://www.bluesbunny.com/Reviews/ReviewID/2214/xmps/11123 7-14-2013
“In my heyday, I liked The Sex Pistols, The Ramones etc etc and I liked the no nonsense Punk attitude these bands portrayed. Now we have CrashDollz from Detroit, to grab us by the short and curlies and drag us screaming through the streets, letting us know that real Punk is still alive, well and kicking ass. There is no mercy shown here by the twelve tracks on this record, and with titles like 'Dumpster Punk', 'Novocaine', 'Bad Taste Barbie', the rather awesome 'US Punk Bombs' and 'Female Anarchy', that should give you a taster as to what to expect on this record. I would also imagine that their live shows offer a taste of female anarchy - there are two girls in this four piece combo by the way. CrashDollz being fronted by the awesome Nikki Darling with Rachel Rekkit who lets rip on guitars, and boy does she let rip too! If you think this music died years ago, then check out CrashDollz who will prove you totally wrong! Punk-Metal is alive and kicking so check them out!”
Dave - Ravenheart Music http://www.ravenheartarchives.com/press-group-47.html 7-15-2013 (Scroll down)
“Their live shows are an intense experience with exciting showmanship and very very tight sets musically and they have pulled off a damn fine debut record. Aggressive snot nosed hard rock with punk rock sneer, with whiz kid guitar licks,memorable chorus's and a gut punch drive behind it all.Its sick really that a label has not picked them up already but hell they'll probably do better for themselves in the long run anyway. Crashdollz look like an updated Runaways but sound like a slightly more psycho L7. Not a dud on this record and it just might change the way you feel about your faith in the future of US based hard rock. Its hard to pick my favorites off this record but I'll try.... Novocaine,Bad Taste Barbie,Sugar Rocket, and the tune that really grabs me is Dollhouse. This song starts off slow and creeps to mid tempo but the song is powerful ,and so damn creepy it makes the hair on my arms stand up. Haunting...its all too rare that a song will do that to me these days.”
Michael Rys - Punk Globe Magazine http://punkglobe.com/thecrashdollzreview0513.php May 2013 issue
“Crashdollz hailing from the tough n dirty streets of the Motor city is a musical bright spot in city thats looking lie its in its death throes.Fierce, down n dirty punk infested rock.Quickly making a name for themselves across the mid-west and beyond. Not since L7 have I seen a female fronted and axe slinging band this hard and this damn good .”
Michael Rys - G.P.R. Productions
“Crash Dolls is an entertaining and theatrical punk act. Led by Nikki Darling and supported by solid musicianship, expect aggressive tempos and a NYC-punk attitude wrapped in lingerie from this Detroit band.”
“Favorite Female Performers of 2011: Nikki Darling-Crashdollz- Powerful and badass...Nikki mixes punk, and hard rock vocal styles well with a don't fuck with me or else snarl...I eat that kinda stuff up. I've only caught them once live so far and Crashdollz are a relatively new band, so with more stage experience I'll be looking forward to seeing them again. Favorite New Bands of 2011- CrashDollz”
Michael Rys - Punk Globe Magazine http://punkglobe.com/theyear2011inreviewarticle0112.php
“The Crash Dollz Rachel Rekkit and Nikki Darling called Kimmer on a 3 way last night and we had such a fun chat about the evolution of their music and how happening it is right now... I absolutely LOVED them and their tune "Female Anarchy". Totally identify with their lyric... I really love meeting artists that have a very strong drive to succeed and follow their dreams. To me.. that is what life is about. I saw a quote yesterday on Facebook and it said.."Life is not a game...quit trying to be a player.." What??? LIFE IS THE GAME AND WE CAME TO PLAY... Rachel and Nikki definitely came to PLAY... The Crash Dollz are totally punk but also metal as well. Totally Detroit if you ask me. The girls talked about the Detroit music scene and their place in the revolution of women in rock. These girls are the real deal...”
Kim Maki - Retro Kimmer
“Next up was the highly touted group from Detroit called The Crashdollz. Now this band form the first note oozes that thing allot of performers strive for and never quite hit,the rare blend of raw talent,songwriting,hooks,attitude and stage presence. This band is a well oiled machine and witnessing them play live is the sum of all the vital parts. Songs like"Dumpster Punk", "Sugar Rocket" and "I Will Not be Ignored" could not be written and pulled off by anyone else. Rare that I've seen a crowd demand an encore for a band that's never played here before but they did and the band ramped it up again.Don't miss Crashdollz if they come your way and be prepared to spend your time up front as close as you can. Rachel's guitar solos with the lighted ray gun was fun to watch, and Nikki commands a crowd too. Oh and if your dumb enough to yell for her shirt to come off you will be challenged so pick up your knuckles cromag the spice sluts they are not.”
Michael Rys - Punk Globe Magazine http://www.punkglobe.com/implusetattoocontestlivereview0811.php 6-26-2011
“Rachel Rekkit: Smashing it up for the CrashDollz with the New CD available now!”
Shreddelicious http://www.shreddelicious.com/search/label/Rachel%20Rekkit March 2013
Best New Band 2015- MetalTalk.net http://www.metaltalk.net/columns2015/201523346.php
Best Band in Rockwired Magazines 2015 Readers Poll Awards http://www.rockwired.com/2015rrpawinners.html
Best Song of 2014 for "Female Anarchy" in Rockwired Magazines 2015 Readers Poll Awards http://www.rockwired.com/2015rrpawinners.html
Best Band Jan 2014 Editors Choice- Emerging Indie Bands http://emergingindiebands.com/band-of-the-month-january-2014-editors-choice/
Best Band Feb 2014 Readers Choice- Emerging Indie Bands http://emergingindiebands.com/band-of-the-month-february-2014-readers-choice/
Favorite New Band 2011- Punk Globe Magazine
Favorite Female Performers of 2011- Nikki Darling- Punk Globe Magazine
Laura Mendoza-White Shag- This Dayton Oh native now living in Detroit given her fantastic voice,great looks and sexy stage presence could by all right sell out and make pop music and be a success in no time. But she loves to rock and that she does.The band she heads up is beginning to heat up in Detroit and I have no doubt great things are in their future.Anxious to see them again soon and see how they evolve.Not only that but I've just a little harmless middle age crush on this one.
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"Next up was the highly touted group from Detroit called The Crashdollz. Now this band form the first note oozes that thing allot of performers strive for and never quite hit,the rare blend of raw talent,songwriting,hooks,attitude and stage presence. This band is a well oiled machine and witnessing them play live is the sum of all the vital parts. Songs like"Dumpster Punk", "Sugar Rocket" and "I Will Not be Ignored" could not be written and pulled off by anyone else. Rare that I've seen a crowd demand an encore for a band that's never played here before but they did and the band ramped it up again.Don't miss Crashdollz if they come your way and be prepared to spend your time up front as close as you can. Rachel's guitar solos with the lighted ray gun was fun to watch, and Nikki commands a crowd too. Oh and if your dumb enough to yell for her shirt to come off you will be challenged so pick up your knuckles cro mag the spice sluts they are not. "
- Michael Rys, Punk Globe Magazine (Jul 31, 2011)
CD Review in Punk Globe Magazine:
The Crashdollz out of Detroit Michigan are one of the leading bands in the area pulling female fronted band train... And a mighty locomotive they are too. This band caught my attention a few years ago when it was just Rachel Rekkit( guitar) and Nikki Darling( vocals) cutting demo's and posting picture of photo shoots. They were pretty audacious if you ask me ,putting the cart before the horse were my initial thoughts. But I had my socks knocked off when got the full band together and hit the road. Their live shows are an intense experience with exciting showmanship and very very tight sets musically. Could they capture the energy and intensity on record?? We all know tons of band that cant pull it off right??? Well don't put Crashdollz on that list because Ron G Crash ( bass) Brian Chaos(drums) ,Rachel Rekkit (guitars)and Nikki Darling (vocals) have pulled off a damn fine debut record.This self titled 12 song ( 10 if you discount the radio edits) can pretty much sum up the band the the songs they have unleashed on stages the last couple of years.
Aggressive snot nosed hard rock with punk rock sneer, with whiz kid guitar licks,memorable chorus's and a gut punch drive behind it all.Its sick really ..that a label has not picked up them already but hell they'll probably do better for themselves in the long run anyway. Crashdollz look like an updated Runaways but sound like a slightly more psycho L7. You wont find one dud on this record and it just might change the way you feel about your faith in the future of US based hard rock. Its hard to pick my favorites off this record but I'll try.... Novocaine,Bad Taste Barbie,Sugar Rocket, and the tune that really grabs me is Dollhouse. This song starts off slow and creeps to mid tempo but the song is powerful ,and so damn creepy it makes the hair on my arms stand up. Haunting...its all too rare that a song will do that to me these days.
"Crashdollz hailing from the tough n dirty streets of the Motor city is a musical bright spot in city that's looking lie its in its death throes.Fierce, down n dirty punk infested rock.Quickly making a name for themselves across the mid-west and beyond. Not since L7 have I seen a female fronted and axe slinging band this hard and this damn good ."
- Michael Rys, G.P.R. Productions (Apr 11, 2011)
Live on Air preformance and interview by Bob Bauer of U Detroit Cafe Radiowith Ms Mendoza, our interview and airplay is approx @ 1:06:20
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