Crush exemplifies how much Abe Vigoda has grown in every way possible, they have left their punk training wheels behind. Abe Vigoda were one of the bands at the forefront of the Smell scene, and set themselves apart with their tropical punk sound. Like many of the other bands involved with this scene, their sound was in its beginning stages, and was way lo-fi. Keep I mind, punk is a genre representing the voice of the youth.
While some of Abe Vigoda’s counterparts have disbanded rather than forging ahead (I’m looking in your direction Mika Miko and Be Your Own Pet), Abe Vigoda have decided to move forward with a more mature sound. Like the progression of punk, they have more of a post-punk sound on this album. But no fear, their signature tropical guitar tones are still present. Island post-punk if you will.
This album is enjoyable from beginning to end, Abe Vigoda have produced a polished, cohesive collection of songs. Each member of the band has really stepped it up and each instrument plays an integral role to the overall sound. It’s hard to pick any favorite songs on the album, but highlights include “Crush,” “Dream of My Love,” and “Pure Violence.”
Although Abe Vigoda was fun and games when they first started, they show true courage in their new music. They are definitely taking the road less traveled, risking being labeled as “sell-outs” and possibly losing fans. On this album, they are truly artists, maturing rather than staying safe and stagnant.