Established since 1987

Co-founders Mark Davies and Jon White opened Crash in 1987, having been in bands for several years prior to this.They brought band rehearsal practice out of the garage / church hall, into a more productive environment; more like that of the recording studio / venue performance like vibe.Crash is now legendary amongst bands and has been the backbone of the Liverpool music scene. As well as providing rehearsal space, Crash has helped and advised bands who have gone to become successful. Many have now become world famous acts. The studio has gained a great reputation from major record labels and management companies as a source for discovering Liverpool's up and coming bands.

The building where all this happens is called Imperial Warehouse

It was built in 1875 and was starting to look the worse for wear until 5 years ago when extensive restoration took place and put it back to its original condition.The first 3 years were very tough, both partners working 16 hour days 7 days a week. Reinvesting any money made back into the business, while trying to run the studio ( booking bands in / setting equipment up etc ), Mark and Jon carried out much building work and refurbishment as well. Without having any staff in the early years all aspects of running the business were down to them to do. From accounts through to cleaning the bogs, all for 25 per week each!  Even today, both directors lead by example and get stuck into whatever is required.

Initially Crash rented part of the building. Then the building's owners decided they wanted to sell it as part of a bigger scheme. Faced with being moved on, drastic action had to be taken to secure their long term future. The Crash directors needed to pay double the valuation to enable them to own the building.

 

 

 

 

 

In recent years Crash have strengthened their workforce.with Studio Managers Andy Fernihough and Paul Carroll

 

Andy has a wealth of experience and is a great asset to Crash. A multi-instrumentalist and life-long recording enthusiast, he moved his studio gear into Crash in 2005 and has never looked back. A selected discography is available here www.discogs.com and examples of bands he has worked with can be heard here soundcloud.com.

 

   

 

Our  2nd studio manager is Paul Carroll who is an accomplished guitarist with a degree in music. He has composed music for  short films and commercial video, his other talents include being tech guy for Echo and the Bunnymen on tour. On top of that he can set up your  guitar for a small fee. He has given us loyal service and expertise through the many years he has been with us.

Echo and the Bunnymen .. Cast .. The Zutons .. The View .. OMD .. The Coral .. China Crisis Mansun .. Atomic Kitten .. The Farm .. Space .. The Christians .. The Real People .. Anathema .. The Real Thing .. Sham 69 .. Hurricane #1 .. Wet Wet Wet .. Earl Slick .. Lou Reed .. Dodgy .. Black .. Curtis Stigers .. Mott the Hoople .. Crazy Horse .. Digsy .. Cathedral .. Carcass .. Its Immaterial .. A flock of Seagulls .. Clinic .. Boo Radleys .. Ladytron .. Donovan .. Shack .. The Hours .. The Redwalls .. Howling bells .. Ian Broudie Lightning Seeds .. Holly Johnson .. Ian McNabb Icicle works .. Frank Sidebottom .. Starsailor .. Alison Moyet .....And many more