Andrew Mandell – lead vocals (originally played guitar)
Greg Jacques – drums
Brian Grover – bass
Jason Burt – guitar
Mike Perlmutter – guitar
Spike Nard – Lead Vocals (1990 – 1995)
Crashdog was one of the first Christian punk bands and was active primarily in the early 1990s. Most of their albums were released by Grrr Records, which has also been home to Headnoise, Resurrection Band, and Glenn Kaiser, among others.
Crashdog were known for their very direct lyrics, which they used to make social commentaries and discuss political issues of their day. Their albums included both strongly Christian songs and overtly political songs, often with a liberal bent. They were one of the first Christian bands to do this; later Christian old-school punk and hardcore bands later followed suit.
ES3 shows up at the Michigan Mosh fest, a religious music convention, to catch Tourniquet and Strongarm, and ends up in a meeting with Crashdog’s Andrew Mandell. The result yields a seven-inch from the Chicago-based band, dubbed The Seven Inch Finch Pinch, under Sin Klub. Many longtime fans are disgruntled at the band’s association with the label, and eventually plans are squashed to release a Steve Albini-produced full-length.
After their 1998 release, 8 Years to Nowhere a selection of songs from previous recordings (originally called 8 Years from Nowhere to Nowhere), they decided to go on a one-year hiatus because their drummer, Greg Jacques along with Matt Switaj of The Blamed, was starting a new record label, 2 Jake Records.
During their hiatus, they started another band called Ballydowse, which featured a mix of Celtic music and punk rock (though they were not a “Celtic punk” band along the lines of Flogging Molly or the Dropkick Murphys). As of 2006, they still consider themselves to be on an “indefinite hiatus”, but it is unlikely that they will re-form as a band.
Crashdog did reform to do shows for Cornerstone in 2012.