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Hayley And The Crushers announce third album Modern Adult Kicks; share new single/video ‘Taboo’

One part pop, one part poison, all “poolside glitter punk,” California-to-Motor City transplants Hayley and the Crushers offer up a tsunami of bold, bad girl power. Anointed as “the naked embodiment of power pop punk” by New Wave icon Josie Cotton (who signed the band to her Kitten Robot Records in 2021), Modern Adult Kicks is the Crushers’ most ambitious and self-possessed album to date.

Helmed by husband-and-wife team guitarist Hayley Crusher Cain and bass player Dr. Cain ESQ (with Action Ben Cabreana on drums), Modern Adult Kicks, out September 13 via Kitten Robot Records, was produced by legendary LA punk producer Paul Roessler (TSOL, Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone) and mastered by Mass Giorgini (Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio) at Sonic Iguana Studios.

‘Taboo,’ the latest album single (out everywhere today), is a pulsing Pat Benatar-styled pop-rock anthem that leaves the listener feeling equally haunted and hunted. Said Hayley, “You can tell we had fun on Kicks, but the fun is more wicked.”

The accompanying ‘Taboo’ music video was filmed in Detroit, a far cry from the band’s beachy San Luis Obispo, California stomping grounds. “Not only is it an insanely cool music town, but Detroit is also full of community spirit and can-do creativity,” Hayley said of her gritty new residence. “We filmed at our favorite vintage store in Mexicantown (Flamingo Vintage), a thrift-punk fever dream.” Additional scenes showcase the band’s unfinished attic, perched atop a 1920s fixer-upper.

Modern Adult Kicks:

  1. Taboo
  2. Cul-de-Sac
  3. She Drives
  4. Broken Window
  5. I Fall
  6. Click and Act Now!
  7. Lost Cause
  8. California Sober
  9. Surf of Flag (vinyl exclusive)
  10. No Substitute (The Shivvers cover)
  11. Overexposed

Photo credit: Thomas Ignatius


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