Caught In A Crossfire, or sometimes abbreviated CIAC, formed in 2010. Early days the band originally were just jamming sessions between Guitarist now Bassist Matt Laughton and 1st drummer Martin Devaney then soon followed vocalist Ben Walton who Martin knew very well, Matt had only met Ben once years prior at a Less Than Jake show, shortly after bassist David Cooke had jumped aboard on the project who both Matt and Martin had already knew from previous projects.
After 3 months The band had recorded their first ever Demo which was a 5 track the band were giving away at shows. After a while the band thought another guitar was needed and decided to become a 5 piece with Sam O’Leary taking the role of Lead guitar who Martin had met at an open mic night.
In 2012 after a string of local shows supporting touring punk bands and joining forces with other local punk bands the band was approached by Coffee Jingle Records in 2012. During the recording the band were having a lot of set backs which led to the departure of drummer Martin, and replaced by present drummer Anton Ward who Matt had met while in other bands.
Anton was previously in a Punk Rock band Cracking Amy who weren’t really doing much at the time so Anton jumped on board and re-recorded all the Drums, the band started gigging anywhere they could, After a while Cooke had to leave the band due to family commitments which set back recording their second release which was originally meant to be an album. Which was split into 2 EPs instead (2nd one due Oct 2015), Matt had recorded all the bass lines while the band searched for a replacement, after auditioning for months the band had decided to ditch being a five piece and Matt had taken on the role of the bass
CIAC have supported some established acts such as Me vs Hero, The Interrupters, Brassick, Margate, Neck Deep, The Cockney Rejects, 999, The Skints.
Caught In A Crossfire have performed at Undercover Festival, as well as performing in London, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton. CIAC very recently supported The Interrupters (signed to Hellcat Records) at The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth.
Described as “Definitely delivering more punk than pop, taking everything that makes the genre catchy, lyrics, hooks, sing-alongs. But throws in some heavier sections, a couple of solos and heaps of riffs – think early early Blink 182. Stage presence and audience involvement was huge, getting everyone up close, involved and enjoying themselves” (Fret-Buzz).
‘Lighten Up’ showcases Caught In A Crossfire’s own unique brand of Pop Punk, with many twists and turns. Influenced by The Offspring, Alkaline Trio, Zebrahead, Rise Against, Blink 182, New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, NoFX, Pennywise, MxPx, Pulley, Zero Down, Good Riddance, Fall out Boy, Four Year Strong, Bayside, The Cure, AFI, Millencolin, Bad Religion, Reel big fish, Less Than Jake, Spunge to name a few!
Although some of the lyrical content is far from Radio 1 territory. With their more pop-punk orientated tunes, these punk rockers deliver a highly charged and full of energy sound, you cant help but to jump as if you life depended on it.
You can purchase this great 4 track EP from here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lighten-up-ep/id991748801