For the members of Vanity Crash, what started with a rock n’ roll musical quickly developed into some very musical rock n’ roll.
Vanity Crash’s founding members planted the band’s glittery seeds while portraying slammin’ glam punks “The Angry Inch” in Cleveland Public Theater’s production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. After two consecutive soldout seasons together, they decided to form an equally energetic and accomplished band of their own. The result is a riff-driven ruckus that combines the pomp of Bowie and T Rex with punk-fueled aggression and a Radiohead-esque desire for experimentation.
Ever since Vanity Crash has been rockin’ the scene with outstanding performances, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, and Gogol Bordello. They released their self-titled debut CD to critical acclaim, and placed songs in the movies Kingsbury Run and Hellweek. Their second album, “Yours, Justice”, was a concept piece living the final days of a deranged serial killer. 2014 saw their third release, "Rock N Roll Junkie", a more straight ahead rock creation that critics loved. Jeff Niesel of the Scene Magazine said, “One of the only bands on the local circuit that keeps the glam rock flame burning brightly, Vanity Crash has been going strong for a decade now, pumping out good, gritty records with regularity. Once the house band for a local production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the group plays up the theatrics on this fine EP. Another solid effort from a veteran band.”
Though Vanity Crash got its start through theatrical performance, the music they make is far from a work of fiction. Their sound comes straight from the soul and from the gut. And that’s exactly where Vanity Crash’s music hits their audience.