Island Mele: Crimson Apple debuts with ‘Hello’

Oct. 26, 2015 | 0 Comments


Rock music has been enriched through the years by all-girl groups that played their own instruments as well as singing — the Runaways, the Go-Gos and the Bangles, to name three.

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Crimson Apple (Crimson Apple)

Can guitar band rockers Crimson Apple follow in their footsteps to stardom on the national pop charts?

The quintet — Rachel Look, Carthi Benson, Colby Benson, Faith Benson and Shelby Benson — is off to a very promising start with their aptly titled debut album. All 12 songs are originals. There’s a lot of talent here.

Pop rock guitar riffs, Colby Benson’s plaintive, ear-catching work on lead vocals, and tight-knit arrangements, make Crimson Apple commercial in the best sense of the word. From the opening notes of “Tell Me That You’re Leaving” — a witty lyric tale of a unfaithful man being called out by a woman who sees through his games — these women rock through a kaleidoscope of emotions.

There’s new love (“Hello”), bad love (“One Mistake”), good love (“Close To Something”) and emotional experiences of other types. Several songs evoke a sense of deja vu, that feeling that we’ve heard something like this before, but none of them set off the album bells that jangle when intellectual property laws are being violated.

The quintet slips into a mellower mode with a song titled “Liar Liar.” The softer arrangement is a good showcase for their harmonies. The group’s vocal capabilities also come to the fore on “One Time,” a poignant power ballad where the voices eventually soar to stratospheric heights.

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John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at

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