Vancouver’s CRNKSHFT have a new single out, the punchy, invigorating “Innocence”, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch). This track is the first in a series of singles that they are releasing in an attempt to gain radio traction before committing to a full-length record.
Lyrically, the song itself taps into the idea that in a world of cancel culture, no one is truly innocent and harps on this fact by asking people, “Are we all so innocent?”. Musically, the band tells fans to expect “devastation”. They continue to explain:
“Turn everything you loved about us up to 10. We have changed through the years, but the core of our style will always be the same; we write with dark topics and heavy guttural crunch, and tempo shifts. Fans that have been with us for awhile can hear the changes, but it always has that CRNKSHFT vibe.
We like to also thank Ryan Van Poederooyen (DTP, Imonolith) for laying down the epic drum track for our new single! When our drummer at the time left right before we wanted to start recording Innocence, we were in an obvious bind. Luckily, he left us with a decent demo track for the single and as it turns out we had another stroke of luck with Ryan ready to go at The Armoury Studios in Vancouver.”
The single is prime radio rock, hard enough to satisfy headbangers and catchy enough to be a listener’s first foray into the heavier side of music. Listeners can expect passionate emotional swings, combined with an explosion of energy.
The band recently released a music video for “Innocence”, which can be viewed at
Looking to start a band that flowed between genres and refused to be pigeonholed, CRNKSHFT released their first EP “Heavy F***ing Rock” in 2012, which was followed by a self-titled EP in 2016. This new single is the first release since then, but there will be more to come. When CRNKSHFT returns to the stage, fans can expect “Face Melting Hard F*ing Rock”.
CRNKSHFT is recommended for fans of Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, and Bad Wolves.
“Innocence” is available on all digital platforms at https://crnkshft.hearnow.com/
CRNKSHFT is an explosive band composed of five musicians from Vancouver, Canada. The band is setting the scene ablaze with its explosive, drop tune aggression with melody at its core.
Influenced by bands like Alice In Chains, Pantera, Metallica, Nirvana and Godsmack, CRNKSHFT have carved out a sound in the vein of Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, and Alexisonfire, that gives them a refreshing sound that’s forges these genres together. Their riffs are designed to get your blood pulsing, their dynamics get your fist-pumping, and the melody keeps you singing along.
Since the band’s formation in 2015, CRNKSHFT’s engine has been firing on all cylinders with their debut EP ‘Hard F***ing Rock’ released in 2015 plus being tapped as local support for such touring bands as Prong, Grim Reaper, Lordi and The Veer Union. The wrecking crew then unleashed their self-titled EP in August 2017 produced by Darren Grahn (Metallica, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi) which allowed the formation to embark on a Tour that took the 5 members from Vancouver to Montreal.
CRNKSHFT has been Nominated for Break Out West – Hard Rock Band of the year 2018, and then started working on new material, which lead to the recording process of the new single Innocence, which was mixed and mastered by Kane Churko.
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“For an EP this has four very powerful tracks attached to it and demands your attention; Do yourself a favour and listen!” – Ram Zine
“Their sound gets the feet tapping, the head banging and it is easy to sing along to the choruses.” – Sentinel Daily
“these guys have a running start to the hard rock scene, and if their message and sound stays in their current vein, there’s no denying that this band will put a crankshaft kick-start to this year’s list of burgeoning, fantastic new artists” – Shockwave Mag
“The four track offering is an imposing roar of hungry and varied metal but equally shows a blaze of hard and melodic rock n’ roll, a trait even more compelling in the successor to their previous well-received debut EP helping stir up a very healthy appetite for the band’s fierce and rousing attack.” – The RingMaster Review
“the four tracks are full of grunge influences and a killer metal delirium that will capture your heart ,and ignite your mind. “Systematic” kicks the release off in fine style ,with its bludgeoning , punishing riffs its easy to see why this was the band’s first single, the lead guitars strings are flayed as the guys will have you banging your head and bouncing around the room this is a stylistic killer opener.” – The Metal Meltdown
“Though the album is short, I found myself repeating it numerous times and jamming out each time. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of punk, metal, hardcore or any heavy genre. There is a bit for everyone in it. I guarantee you will be screaming, drumming and playing your air guitar to it. The guys are not going to be stopping anytime soon.” – Canadian Beats
“Wow wow WOW!!!!!!!This is amazing!!!! What a great track! It just ripped my face off! – Sylvia Massy (producer for Tool, System Of A Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
“I have always said I wish I had “one of those tracks” under my belt. You know, the track that you could play for really anybody; a kid, a peer, a heavy musician, a producer, someone whom you’d like to impress for whatever reason, anybody… that is the track for me. Great writing, tons of energy, unapologetic, dynamics, intent, world class production, all parts are so strong, title and guitar hook so memorable.” – Tony Ferraro (drummer for Trooper, Fear Zero,) about the Single “Systematic”
“Great band ! Sounds pretty heavy. Intro riff is killer” – Cory Churko (guitar player for kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain) about the Single “Systematic”
“You Guys are the first real band I have seen in three years, when you came on stage I was like, F*** ya, you guys are a band”… When I approach a label they ask me ‘are these guys stars?’, I’m going to tell them these guys are stars.”
– Tommy Mac (Bass Player for Hedley/BigFatScratch/Flybanger/Everything After)