Listen local: The Cripples

December 2, 2008


Nothing is forgotten on the Internet. A friend of mine turned me on to Seattle-based synth-punk band, The Cripples, that were around a few years ago when he lived here. As far as I can tell, they are defunct-ish (the most recent update on either their homepage or Myspace page seems to be 2005), and I can’t really find any evidence that they’re doing shows. And while I think the picture above is of them (I ganked it from their site, after all), it does seem little short on synths for a synth-punk group.

None of this changes the fact that they sound really cool, like the Buzzcocks, only with keyboards. And it begs the question – why aren’t there more synth-punk bands? But if anyone in the area knows if The Cripples are still doing gigs, or if the principals have moved on to other bands, feel free to share it in the comments.

MP3: The Cripples – Contraception


  1. That could be them – they played their synths like guitars – on straps. One at least was homemade.

  2. You mean like keytars? (pic is of Freezepop at CMJ last year)

  3. Sorta, but more square and home made looking, like they just added a strap to their home made synths.

  4. That would be pretty awesome…

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