the crushers ARE a young post-grunge alternative rock band


The Crushers are a post-grunge rock band that play a mix of covers and originals from multiple rock genres and bands including The Foo Fighters, Green Day, Metallica and Blink-182. Currently consisting of six teenagers from Sterling Mass, this band may be young, but they are a tight, professional, hard working rock band with a powerful sound of their own. 

The Crushers formed in late Spring of 2015. Friends for many years, the Godbout and Brennan brothers played on the same Sterling Little League Baseball team - the Pandolph Perkins Crushers. The boys discovered that they had a mutual interest in playing rock music. An informal jam was scheduled. The boys had fun and decided to keep playing together. All of the boys agreed that The Crushers was the perfect name.

They practiced often, were having fun and developed a powerful sound.  They learned about City Music's Future Stars Showcase. They made a demo video and applied to play. In April 2016, they took the stage for the first time together. Their tight performance at the 2016 Future Stars Showcase caught the standing room only crowd at the Bull Run by surprise. When they closed with a cover of Metallica's iconic Enter Sandman they received a standing ovation.

The two sets of brothers continued to practice together. But, they agreed they needed a true singer to be front man. Enter James Barone. James was well known in Sterling as strong singer in school musicals and church. In December 2016, James took the microphone in the Godbout's basement practice space and completely nailed his debut with the band. The Crushers were now a band of 5.

They entered the 2017 Future Stars Showcase. They broke the showcase record for ticket sales and brought the house down again with a tight, rocking set. Based on their strong performance, noted Central Mass music-man Steve Gaetz vouched for the boys and helped them get a featured spot in the Gardner Alehouse's Musical Wasabi. The Crushers rocked the Alehouse regulars and filled the house with their own loyal following.

The Crushers appeared in many new venues during the rest of 2017 and 2018. They played several times at South Side Grill and Margaritaville, including a regular annual gig opening for the popular country rock band Maximum Recoil on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They are regular performers at the Sterling Community Concert Series and The Sterling Fair. The band has received many favorable reviews in local newspapers and were featured on Fitchburg Cable TV’s Barbara & You. 

During 2018, Anya Saben appeared several times as a guest vocalist. Saben, also from Sterling, appeared in many performances with Barone through middle school. She is a powerhouse jazz and theatrical singer who has had featured roles in Leominster High School and other community productions. Saben joined the band full time in January 2019 adding a new dimension to The Crushers. 

Join us at one of The Crusher’s performances or look for our original songs, FOREVER and SEVEN, on your favorite streaming platform