Crashdog were known for their very direct lyrics, which they used to make social commentaries and discuss political issues of their day. Their albums included both strongly Christian songs and overtly political songs, often with a liberal bent. They were one of the first Christian bands to do this; later Christian old-school punk and hardcore bands later followed suit.
After their 1998 release, 8 Years to Nowhere a selection of songs from previous recordings (originally called 8 Years from Nowhere to Nowhere), they decided to go on a one-year hiatus because their drummer, Greg Jacques along with Matt Swaitaj of [the blamed], was starting a new record label, 2 Jake Records.
During their hiatus, they started another band called Ballydowse, which featured a mix of Celtic music and punk rock (though they were not a "Celtic punk" band along the lines of Flogging Molly or the Dropkick Murphys). As of 2006, they still consider themselves to be on an "indefinite hiatus", but it is unlikely that they will re-form as a band.