Crimson Apple is an all-girl, pop-alternative band from Hawaii, now based in Los Angeles, California. The band features four sisters- Colby Benson (Lead Vocals/Keys); Shelby Benson (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Carthi Benson (Bass/Vocals); Faith Benson (Drums) and their good family friend, Rachel Look (Lead Guitar/Vocals). These girls are known for the tightness, presence, and energy of their powerful live performances, as well as their signature red and black attire. The band’s musical influences span a wide variety of genres, but their sound can be likened to that of bands like Paramore, Young the Giant, and Japanese rock band, ONE OK ROCK.
Colby, Shelby, and Rachel were originally members of “The Colby Benson Band”, but ended up losing a couple of their other band mates, leaving them without a bassist and drummer. In August 2012, the band went through a huge makeover when they added Carthi and Faith (the two youngest sisters)—and the band name was changed to Crimson Apple. Awards include being the winners of the 2014 Star 101.9 Battle of the Bands, the 2013 Turtle Bay Annual Kanikapila Kontest, and the 2013 Koko Marina Band Challenge. Crimson Apple has also appeared on shows/bills with national artists such as Will Champlain, Switchfoot, and One Republic. Most recently, they opened for All Time Low, The Green, and Hawaiian music legends, HAPA.
On September 18th, the band released their debut album, "Hello". The title track is currently being featured in a commercial airing in Hawaii and across the internet, and has been airing on iHeartMedia station, Star 101.9.
After performing at numerous venues island-wide, gaining a strong social media following, and releasing their first album, the band relocated to California to further pursue their music. “Hello” has generated a buzz of momentum that has opened up opportunities for the band to tour. They are currently planning a West Coast to Japan tour for the summer of 2016.