you find the words to describe a band that uses such unique colors to
create their musical paintings? With Crush Luther, it’s not easy.
Toronto in 2002 and consisting of Luther Mallory (vocals/guitar), Matt
Leitch (guitars/keys), Ryan Snyder (bass/vocals) and PJ Herrick (drums),
Crush Luther are that band….incredibly difficult to describe musically. A
bit of Rickie Lee Jones here, a dash of Lyle Lovett there and a pinch of
slick pop sensibility comprises the musical landscape that is Crush
has very quickly made a name for themselves in the world music scene.
Releasing their self-titled debut in February of 2007 on High 4 Records
(owned by Goldfinger drummer Darrin Pfeiffer), Crush Luther experienced
success quicker then most bands do. Their first single City Girl quickly
shot to the number one spot on the MuchMoreMusic countdown. Their second
single, The Cools, enjoyed heavy rotation on MuchMusic plus a number two
spot on MuchTop10s.
Luther did multiple nation-wide tours in support of the release and
appeared on several national TV shows including ET Canada, Breakfast TV,
YTV’s The Zone and Canada AM. But after the success of their debut album,
the band hit a rough patch - three members left, leaving only Luther
Mallory and Matt Leitch.
says, “It seemed impossible to continue. More than half the band had
quit. But, Matt and I have played in bands together since we were 16
years old so what else were we really going to do? It was either find a
way to rebuild, or become those people who live normal, respectable
lives. The choice was obvious.”
fresh line up and a renewed sense of determination, the guys of Crush
Luther have recorded another full length CD, in stores Oct. 13th 2009,
and will no doubt build on the success of their self-titled debut. 2009
looks to be another great year for Crush Luther.