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After nearly a decade together, Crash the Satellites has established themselves as one of the more well-regarded veteran bands in Northeast Florida’s explosive music scene, and 2013 is looking to be their biggest year yet. “This is the next band to be genuinely excited about,” according to the Orlando Weekly. Vents Magazine writes, “Indie rock has not been presented this innovatively since the Foo Fighters came onto the scene.” Crash the Satellites was recently named on Rockadia’s Top 100 chart Rock New Releases for their latest self-titled album (Spectra Records). “Indeed this band has proven themselves as real contenders with a Gold Standard release and they show much in the way of promise with extreme potential this Summer,” says The Muse’s Muse. Their music has been described as potent, melodic, soulful, and innovative with complex and inspired lyrics drawing comparisons to bands such as R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill and Nirvana.
Crash the Satellites was formed in 2003 around the vision of singer/guitarist Paul Paxton, self-taught on the instrument from age 12. “A father figure also helped me along. He would very seldom play, only in frustration. I can’t even describe how amazing it sounded,” he recalls. “We didn’t have much money, so he encouraged me to practice on the beautiful old guitars of his youth. I played until I couldn’t feel my fingers. He taught me that music could ease frustration.” He co-founded the group with drummer Julia Gregory, who is also a trained modern dancer; they met as teenagers and played together in Clarity, one of Paxton’s first bands.
The band also includes original member Brian Blades, a DASOTA graduate with years of training already behind him. Besides his guitar work and contributions to the songwriting process, Blades also oversaw most of the recording and mixing of the new album at his own home. Paxton praises his “innovative and unconventional techniques”, resulting in “an edgy, yet dynamic marriage of sweat and sadistic dark melodies exploding, and then apologizing.” Bassist Chris Gibson is a longtime friend of the band, and a co-founder of The Julius Airwave whose style, while delicate and melodic at times, will be appreciated by new listeners as a thunderous wall of growly distorted bass that is atypical of most bands.
The band has played bars, clubs, concert-halls and festivals throughout the region, sharing stages along the way with artists like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Juliette Lewis and the Licks, Evergreen Terrance, Rainer Maria, the Mooney Suzuki, Manchester Orchestra, and Poster Children, earning praises from fans and critics alike. “[G]reat indie rock that packs a punch; it’s great stuff,” writes Void Magazine. “Per usual, they kill it on their live shows and captivate crowds with their obvious love for music.” EU writes, “To be present at a Crash the Satellites show is to be reminded of what rock music can be…the incredible energy CTS funnels into songwriting and performing takes an audience by surprise and holds them captive.”
Crash the Satellites has been featured in the Florida Times-Union and on WJCT; their music has been used on the VEER! Soundtrack and in a commercial for Mizuno.