HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS COVER THE GO-GO’S “LUST TO LOVE”
“Growing up in Southern California, my first love was oldies radio. That is, until I found my mom’s copy of Beauty and the Beat, so full of sunshine and sass,” says guitarist Hayley Crusher Cain of California power trio Hayley and the Crushers about discovering her love for the The Go-Go’s and their iconic 1982 debut album. “I was seven years old, wearing my mini mouse swimsuit, singing into a hairbrush, and proclaiming that we, indeed, got the beat. I didn’t quite know who ‘we’ were until I found punk, and punk rock girls. Luckily, I became one.” Fittingly, Hayley and the Crushers have chosen to cover The Go-Go’s “Lust to Love” from the iconic band’s debut album Beauty and the Beat for the new Go-Go’s sanctioned vinyl tribute compilation from label Sympathy for the Record Industry, If You Gotta Go-Go, Go-Go Now. The compilation is slated for CD release next month and brings together 24 female-led bands from around the world to celebrate.
Along with Hayley’s spirited cover is gal pal, ’80s New Wave icon Josie Cotton and her novel take on dreamy girl pop of “Fading Fast,” also from Beauty and the Beat, which will be released as a single at a later date. “At first, I said ‘no’ when the producer Travis Ramin and John of Sympathy For The Music Industry asked me to be on it,” confesses Josie. “I didn’t know if it made a lot of sense coming from such a powerpop adjacent genre of music with The Go-Go’s. Then I realized I could morph the song into something unrecognizable, and then I had to do it. It’s a double album of the most amazing female rockers paying tribute to this game-changing band ”
Both Josie and Hayley are currently working on new albums for Kitten Robot Records, the label headed by Josie and home to a diverse roster of artists including the avant post-punk stylings of CrowJane, the layered shoegaze of Tombstones In Their Eyes, the Britpop-leanings of Velvet Starlings, the bass-centered lushness of Kira, and the late Mark Lanegan’s Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe – a joint project with The Icarus Line’s Joe Cardamone.
Helmed by husband-and-wife team guitarist Hayley Crusher Cain and bass player Dr. Cain ESQ (with Action Ben Cabreana on drums), the band have already released three previous singles on the label since last year – June 2021’s moody anti-ballad (“Cul De Sac“), August’s fizzy, light-hearted summer fun (“She Drives“) and November’s tongue-in-cheek punk pit-starter (“Click and Act Now!“). The tracks were produced by legendary punk producer Paul Roessler (TSOL, Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone) at Robot Kitten Studios in LA and mastered by Mass Giorgini (Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio) at Sonic Iguana Studios.
Hayley and the Crushers are Hayley Crusher Cain (vocals, guitar), Dr. Cain, ESQ (bass), and Action Ben Cabreana (drums). “Lust To Love” is out on DSPs via Kitten Robot Records now. Hayley and the Crushers are hitting the road as well throughout the Spring. Tour dates below.
Josie Cotton is currently working on new music for release in 2022 and planning live dates later this year. More info coming soon.
Haley And The Crushers
If You Gotta Go-Go, Go-Go Now
(Sympathy For The Record Industry)
Release Date: April 2022
April 2 Los Angeles at Viper Room
April 21 Hamtramck MI at The Sanctuary
April 22 Columbus, OH at The Poor Kids Stoop
April 23 Indianapolis, IN at Melody Inn
April 24 Pittsburgh, PA at The Mr. Roboto Project
April 26 Buffalo, NY at Mohawk Place
April 27 York, PA at West York Inn
April 28 Youngstown, OH at Westside Bowl
April 29 Fort Wayne, IN at The Brass Rail
April 30 Grand Rapids, MI at St. George’s Hall
**NEW DATE ADDED: June 11 Chicago, IL at Reggie’s