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People say Crease sound like Offspring. Others claim they mimic Bad Religion. A few listeners hear Foo Fighters-esque tones. Hell, even drummer Eric Dorigo has a hard time labeling the sound. "I would call our sound.... Well, its not really punk or metal," he says. "It's kind of a mixture."

Besides encompassing all the catchy hooks and snarling guitar licks that are expected of a rock band (rounding out the Fort Lauderdale-based quartet are guitarist Fritz Dorigo, vocalist Kelly Meister, and bassist Greg Gersgengorn), Crease's forte has been their domination of local media coverage.

Since the 1995 release of their debut CD Interference -- the result of a two-day recording session in Miami -- they have watched their CD's distribution go from local to national status via the shelves of megamusic stores Spec's, Blockbuster Music, and Best Buy.

Some of the reasons: In 1995, Interference nabbed a Jammy nomination for Best Independent Release of the Year for the Southern Florida region; that same year a five-minute segment was devoted to the band and its music on WSVN-TV (Channel 7); and, in 1996, a video for the single "Spiritual Bliss" was played on Miami's Music X video outlet and Fort Lauderdale's Rock-Ya-Ma-Call-It video program. Songs from Interference were also heard on ZETA-4 (WZTA-FM 94.9), WKPX-FM (88.5), and WVUM-FM (90.5). Gigs at local venues including South Beach Pub, Button South, Tobacco Road, Rose's Bar & Lounge, and Dastardly's -- where they'll be rocking on Friday -- couldn't have hurt either.

The band has recorded twenty new demo songs since Interference and has filmed three more videos in the hopes of securing a solid recording contract. Until then, watch out! -- Crease plans to continue to haunt your TV and radio, local magazines and newspapers, and rock venues around town.

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Brian Hyman

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