April 13, 2013 was a nice weather day in New York City and it led to a killer night of music with Sweden’s CRASHDIET invading the Big Apple once again. For me, getting to spend some time with both Martin Sweet and Simon Cruz before their show was icing on the cake for this evening. RockEyez have been supporting the band since 2005 and it was a dream-come-true for us to meet up with them and see them live once again after finally meeting the band last year on their very first US tour.
As the stage grew dim at 10:25 pm for the entrance of CRASHDIET you just got the sense they came to destroy on this night and with the heavy bass lines of Peter London and timekeeper Eric Young starting things off it sure made an impression on concertgoers at the Gramercy Theatre. Simon Cruz sporting his dyed blue Mohawk and never ending energy level and Martin Sweet with his slicing guitar licks only further brought the audience to a fever pitch as they broke into “Change The World” from the brand new album “The Savage Playground” on Frontiers Records. It’s great to see this band from Sweden with such a loyal following such a long way from their homeland. Martin Sweet revealed in our interview earlier in the evening that the band would most certainly be back to America in the future and that was a great thing to hear.
The venue is standing room in front with some raised seating in the rear and the place was packed for the energy-filled set as CRASHDIET ran through many early classics such as “Riot in Everyone”, “Breakin’ The Chainz” to newer tracks like “Cocaine Cowboys”, “Anarchy” and “Generation Wild”. Seeing the band on a larger stage was nice but last year when they were here in New York City seeing them at The Studio at Webster Hall was much more intimate. Still, it shows the band are making inroads here in the US and building on that first tour as they are playing bigger venues. They only played a handful of shows last year but this time around they are dedicating more than a month on road in the US and that is a good thing to build their following here. The band played just over and hour and it was nonstop energy as mad man Simon Cruz ran back and forth on the stage all night long and he even did some crowd surfing by diving into the audience during “Generation Wild”. Anyone who attended the show was treated to a phenomenal set full of raw energy and first-rate musicianship. Speaking of energy and musicianship, one of the opening bands on the night was another Swedish group named CRUCIFIED BARBARA. They were making their debut in NYC and this all-female group was no bullshit old school metal. Check them out if you’re not familiar.
CRASHDIET has a few more dates in the US before heading to Japan, UK, Germany, Italy and everywhere else. If you have a chance check them out CRASHDIET on The Savage Playground world tour because they will blow you away.