"I’ve spent a lot of time as a drummer but I have the personality of a front-person and it’s gotten me in nothing but trouble," says Dave Mead, leader of new San Diego band Crasher and drummer of Exasperation. "The positions of a band are like the electoral college. If you’re the drummer you’re like Vermont, you have great ideas and you just want what’s best for everyone but at the end of the day you’re Vermont. Singers and guitar players are the Texas, New York, and California of the band world. I knew I had my own songs in me somewhere, once I found them it was like accidentally breaking into a giant cave and they were everywhere."

His own songs came to life with the help of bassist AJ Peacox (Weatherbox, Future Crooks), and when live shows start happening, Jordan Krimston (Band Argument, Weatherbox, Miss New Buddha) will be Crasher's live drummer. But Mead recorded the drums himself for Crasher's debut EP Traitor, which follows last year's two-song demo and comes out May 8 (pre-order). It's a cool EP that takes some familiar sounds -- attitude-fueled garage punk, breezier indie rock, and a slight Americana twang -- and fuses them together in ways that feel fresh. A full stream premieres below.

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In related news, the Miss New Buddha album was quietly released last month, and if you haven't heard it yet, I recommend streaming that too: