'If you've ever longed for the Jesus & Mary Chain to return to their obsession with motorbike, hot rod and surf songs then fear not. Texas Mod Crushers marry a crushing Johnny-Ramone-style guitar blitzkreig to an automotive fixation and blazing salutes to their rock & roll heroes.'
Gus Ironside - Louder Than War magazine, Jan 2017
Based in Houston TX 'Texas Mod Crushers' play punk rock songs in the old school style of speed freak, bastard offspring of 50's straight up rock 'n' roll. Texas Mod Crushers formed in 2010; the name coming from a common ownership and love of classic old British cafe racer bikes and a vibrant banter and camaraderie with vintage scooter enthusiasts in and around Houston.
Most of the current line up were around when punk kicked off so are steeped in the energy and musical revolution of that era. Co-founder, lead guitar and joint lead vocalist, Texas Dick Mankowski has an illustrious career going back to the mid 1980's. He believes in the classic Gibson-into-Marshall recipe for a spicy rock tone. Lead vocals are shared with fellow co-founder, bassist Andrew Wupper, an aficionado of all things punk rock, and rhythm guitar is provided by the formidable 'Skunk'. Drums are battered by English interloper, Phil Walsh, and latest recruit, Mel Hell on vocal duty is renowned 'High priestess of Joan Jett style music' who previously fronted Houston's rock'n'punk band Zipperneck and now also fronts $50 Goat that also features Skunk and Texas Dick in the line up.