RDC at Taste of Wisconsin

We will be playing Taste of Wisconsin on Kenosha’s Lakefront on July 26th on the Main Stage at 5:30pm. We’ll have new merch to help fund our upcoming recording project! Event is free, and always a good time. See you there!

The Sound

Rainy Day Crush are here to crush your rainy days!

Too catchy to be "indie," too honest to be "pop;" RDC inhabit the wastelands in between. They take their craft seriously without taking themselves too seriously. They are constantly moving forward, no matter how many obstacles are thrown in their path.

The History

Rainy Day Crush started out as The Other Side in the mid-to-late 90s. After one album, countless shows in the bars and back alleys of southeast Wisconsin/northeast Illinois, and encouraging regional success, they focused the lineup and became Rainy Day Crush in 2002.
RDC quickly signed with Skywater Records out of Minneapolis, MN, released their debut LP “Free to Go," and headed out onto the road. They played everywhere they could: Milwaukee’s Summerfest, PrideFest, and Bastille Days, Chicago’s MobFest, Austin’s GoGirlsMusic Fest, Cincinnati’s Chicks Rock Fest, and a headlining spot at Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival; they toured the Midwest and Northeast from New York, Boston, and Washington DC to Texas, Oklahoma, Minneapolis, and all points in between. (Ask nice, and they may even tell you about the “Great Ice Storm Crash of ‘04...”) RDC was named the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Best Rock/Alternative Band of the Year. The album’s hit single "Room to Rage" was the most requested song on Eau Claire, WI radio station 109FM "The Wolf" through the winter of ’03/’04.
Internal tension split Rainy Day Crush apart in 2004, and the music was left waiting in the wings for eight years. After a reunion show in 2012, they rearranged the lineup and released the Calamity! EP in January of 2016. One week after the release, lead singer Betsy Ade left to start another project. Matt Specht took over singing duties, and RDC released I'm Still Alive. 

The Here & Now

Rainy Day Crush are currently gigging, writing, and recording new music for release in 2019. Our video for "Bonfires" can be seen here. We've also been licensed for use in over a dozen TV shows. 

For all media requests, booking, or any other questions, please contact Matt Specht at matt@rainydaycrush.com 

Click here for a collection of our recent press.

(L-R) Derek Schattl, Mike Wynn Jr., Matt Specht

Derek (bass)
Derek first picked up the bass in high school, and over the years has performed in a wide variety of musical acts from blues to heavy metal. He also enjoys playing guitar, drums, and the ukulele.  Derek has been involved in a close encounter of the third kind.

Mike (drums)
Mike has been playing music for 25 years. His roots are in rock, jazz, gospel, and R&B. Mike once spent a year living among the chupacabra.

Matt (piano, guitar, vocals)
Matt paints, makes books, publishes poems, drinks coffee, acts, and totally believes in Bigfoot.
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