Critical Acclaim for "CRASH! BOOM! BANG!"
“Michael Rault - CRASH! BOOM! BANG!” spent 9 weeks on the Earshot Canadian national campus radio charts, peaking at #6, hit #30 for Earshot’s top 200 of October, and hit #8 for Earshot’s top 200 of November
A unique, minimalist blend of garage, roots, rock and roll and blues, performed mainly by one nineteen year old kid with a tambourine taped to his left foot and an acoustic guitar that's run through overdriven tube amplification. He’s helped out along the course of the album by tons of percussion, tic-y tac sixties esq electric bass, harmonica (Rusty Reed), the occasional upright bass (Don Marcotte), some kit drumming (Robbie Szabo) and gronky flourishes from an old 1950’s Hammond M-3 household organ (Rene G.W. Lemieux). It's a new take on traditional music, using retro soundscapes applied to the eternally interesting roots of North American music.
"Take a 19-year-old punk kid, stick him in the middle of a dusty farmer’s field and hand him an acoustic guitar — what you’ll end up with is Edmonton’s Michael Rault, a prairie boy rooted in rhythm and blues yet in love with rebellion"
- Amanda Ash, Exclaim Magazine
"Living proof that the blues has to sound nothing like predictable, corpse-raped Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rault is so close to the beating heart you can smell the phosphorus."
- Fish Griwkowsky, SEE Magazine
"With years of performing already under his belt, Rault's become brilliant at taking traditional sounds and turning them into something raw, tense, and exciting. By making the blues fresh again, he's bridging a generation gap and quickly earning respect from musicians and fans on both sides of the divide."
- Robin Schroffel, Edmonton Sun
"(Rault) has the chops -- both vocal and guitar -- to pull off his retro sound without sounding dated or derivative in any way"
- i (heart) music blog
"Hearing (Rault's) take on bluesy, garage rock makes me wonder how so many people are missing the boat."
- Hero Hill Blog