By the late 1990s, amidst the turmoil of local guitar bands which emerged in the wake of Guns ’N Roses’ hair-metal and angst-fuelled grunge, Auckland band Crash would seem to have as good a shot as any against peers like Push Push, Dead Flowers, The Feelers, Pluto, Zed and many others.

Formed in 1991, Crash hit student radio with their single ‘Cliff’/’Day at the Fair’ reaching the top spot on the bFM Top Ten and their video ‘Red Velvet Sofa’ holding the No.1 slot on Max TV for nearly four straight weeks. They played everywhere from the New Zealand Tattoo Convention in Auckland to Mountain Rock, Sweetwaters 99 and Auckland clubs such as Pelican and POD. 

Poster for a Crash show at the Globe, Wakefield Street, Auckland, Friday 15 September 1995.
Crash perform at the Voluptuous Visions fashion show. Artwork by Strychnine.
Natasha Reid and Mike Carden from Crash photographed at a Symonds Street Auckland venue, 1990s.
Press clipping for Crash, 1994.
Flyer for Crash, Stan and the Love Gang and Hudson Lusty performing at POD bar, Imperial Arcade, Queen Street, Auckland, New Year's Eve 31 December 1994.
Crash in an early publicity photo.
Crash in a still from the video for Day At the Fair, 1994
Press clipping ahead of a Crash performance at Kurtz Lounge, Symonds Street, Auckland
Crash on the cover of Intravene fanzine.
Crash. Left to right: Mike Carden, Natasha Reid, Christine Wells.
Advertisement for Crash single 'Day At the Fair' from the Red Velvet EP, Intravene fanzine, 1994.
Crash - Day At The Fair (1995)
Crash in a publicity photo
Reviews for Crash's debut release, the 1994 Red Velvet EP.
Crash at Voluptuous Visions alternative fashion extravaganza – Sound Pod, Queen Street, Auckland, Saturday April 30, 1994.
Crash double page interview in Intravene fanzine.
Crash T-shirt logo
Crash poster – 30 May 1992, Boardwalk Bar, Dog & Trumpet, Auckland.
The first line-up of Crash in their first photo shoot. From left to right: guitarist Mike Carden, drummer James Culham, vocalist Natasha Reid, and bassist Sean Reid.
Photo credit: Jason Oxenham
Crash relaxing in the studio.
Crash - Red Velvet EP cassette tape.
Crystal Doors Music and Craft Festival, 8, 9, 10 January 1993, Colville Coromandel. Bands included Dead Flowers, Semi Lemon Cola, Crash, Melon Twister, Honey Love, and Blue Marbles
Crash - Red Velvet Sofa (1995/2023 remaster)
Crash in a publicity photo
Poster for Crash and Love Gang at the Midnight Club, Auckland, Friday 16 December 1994.
Powerstation poster, 24 July 1992: Voodoo Love, Malchicks, Love Buzz, Crash

Natasha Reid - vocals

Mike Carden - guitar

Sean Reid - bass

Christine Wells - bass

Rick Fleming - bass

Kunio "Yoshi" Yoshida - bass

James Culham - drums

Matt Tait - drums

Willy Scott - drums



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