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Crush and the Mighty Rhythm

Crush and the Mighty Rhythm
Leeds, West Yorks, England
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Indie, Rock
Crush, Stuart, Phil


Crush and the Mighty Rhythm are a 3 piece indie/rock from Leeds and Wakefield fronted by talented singer songwriter Mark Dale (Crush,) supported by Phil Wardle and Stuart Blanchflower on Bass & Drums (The Mighty Rhythm.)

Over the years Crush has showcased his music in varying line ups of The Mighty Rhythm, and also as a solo artist to appreciative audiences.

In 2008 during a time when Crush was mainly performing and recording solo material, his songs caught the imagination of bassist Phil Wardle, who was looking for an opportunity to play original music.

A chance meeting with Stuart Blanchflower in the following September allowed the 3 piece version of Crush and the Mighty Rhythm to be formed and take Mark's music out onto the live circuit.

2009 saw the band play a few small venues and festivals and end the year recording a 10 track demo that they subsequently shelved believing they could do better.

The highlight of 2010 was an audition for Sky TV's "Must be the Music" and the positive response they received playing to an enthusiastic producer who would eventually decide not to take them through to the final rounds. On seeing the actual programme itself, there was a sigh of relief accompanying the realisation that the producer had probably (and quite possibly deliberately) done them a favour by recognising that their professional attitude and experience did not deserve being ridiculed on a programme that was not much more than Sky's answer to X Factor.

The Sky experience and subsequent positive feedback from continued live dates gave the band renewed enthusiasm for the demo that hadn't gone as well as expected, and 2011 sees Crush and the Mighty Rhythm in the recording studio again to record something hopefully much more than a demo. There should be something to listen to later in the year and there's probably a snippet or two playing in your ears right now. There's a really good vibe about it in the CMR camp.

There's no expectation for success....but the original hope of playing a pub one day to at least the bar staff and possibly the landlord has long been fulfilled...and the rest is just whatever it becomes.

Mark Dale sings and plays guitar.
Stuart is on Drums and Phil is on bass