The Crash Report are a mixed gender five piece band hailing from Surrey and ‘Play’ is their first single, pre-empting their debut E.P’s release later this year. Here at Theblackflag we don’t mince our words so get prepare yourself for this. ‘Play’ is…um…er… ‘nice’ (see, told you!).
By that I mean everything is solid and ‘where it should be’ but it’s imminently forgettable. I read another review of this single and the reviewer compared singer Leonora Babi to Lzzy Hale from Halestorm. Well, either my ears are deceiving me (unlikely given their size!) or these two sound nothing alike. Hale fronts a full on rock band, which sometimes borders on metal, and has a vocal range not dissimilar to Rob Halford and I can think of no better compliment than that for her. Babi, whilst a confident and capable singer, displays little of this extensive range.
There is a nice change of pace in the song, changing from rhythmic guitars to a slightly heavier, slowed down pace only to be brought back up to speed with a nice vocal interlude from Babi. Musically they are assured and one can only think that with experience and age they will progress and become better
If you did no research into The Crash Report you would be instantly able to guess their ages as pre-twenties, mainly because up and down the country in student unions everywhere there is band doing a (unintentionally) passable Crash Report impression.
They are too young to write off as never being able to ‘make it’ and I would not proclaim to know if they will or won’t. All I will say is that when I see them supporting a Rock legend like Halestorm recently did, I’ll pin my ears back and eat a bowl of humble pie…