Fleur the Kiwi
The venue was tiny. An upstairs room at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. At one end, in front of a wall of windows overlooking the auto body shops and barred windows of the nether end of 11th Street, was the stage, a plywood box a foot-and-a-half high, just big enough for a chipmunk punk band. The quarters were cramped, cords snaked everywhere underfoot, water bottles got stomped on, shooting water over fans … but that barely cramped Swedish sleaze metal/glam punk band CrashDiet‘s style. The musicianship was great, the energy fantastic, and the lyrics a strong message to make up your own mind, stand up for yourself, and be yourself. The set list was drawn from all four of CrashDiet’s studio albums, including, of course, The Savage Playground, released this January.
(To reinforce the message, frontman Simon Cruz just might have climbed up into the rafters and sung hanging upside down at one point.)
DGT&G sat down with guitarist Martin Sweet and Cruz before the show for a conversation that roamed among staying sane (or not) on tour, the meaning behind the lyrics, staying true to the spirit of CrashDiet founder Dave Lepard, and much more.
Tune in tomorrow for a Heart of Rock interview with solo artist and producer Johnny Lima.