Like Mardi Gras played out to a hard rock soundtrack, 50 Mission Crush has built a reputation as one of Austin, Texas' premier rock bands through a live show that's anchored by dead-on music and an unpredictable atmosphere. 'We're all about having a good time on and off stage,' says guitarist Will Traylor. Singer/guitarist Chris Rasmussen adds, 'We are inspired by the bands that have the ability to entertain while still writing solid melodic rock songs like early Van Halen, The Stones, and Iggy Pop. Those are the bands that rock hard enough for the guys and are still melodic and groove oriented to make the girls dance.' 50 Mission Crush began in 1997 when Chris Raz met Will Traylor and began writing songs. Drummer Chris Didear joined shortly thereafter, and bass player Chris Wodock soon moved to Austin from New York City. The band began writing as a whole and released their debut, self-titled CD one year later. After 5 years of touring the band released "Beginning to Unwind" in March of 2002 and has since disbanded.