Crashing Into Things was formed in 2011 when old friends Mike Isacson (bass, vocals) and Adrian Southward (guitar, drums electronics) were reunited at a Battles show in Victoria, BC. They quickly went to work making music in an old shack in the woods on Pender Island dubbed "The Chicken Chapel," and recorded their first demos in January 2012 at Daryl Chonka's Old Growth Studios on Saltspring Island. High Arctic's Kalev Mihkel Kaup joined on guitar in early 2013, and they recorded their self-titled debut album that April. It was released in February 2014 on their own Querc Records label, with artwork by Luke Ramsey. Two videos were released from the album: Markus Radtke's animated "She Said I'm Gonna Kill You" and Fatjoesatan's "Pinball Man."
In late 2013 David Houghton, a veteran of London England's punk and post-punk scene, joined on drums, allowing Southward to focus on guitar. The Isacson-Southward-Kaup-Houghton lineup recorded the follow-up album "To Consume, and To Be Consumed" with Scott Henderson and Scott Bennett in the Lap of Luxury Studio in Sooke BC in August 2015, releasing it on Querc that December (again featuring stellar artwork by Ramsey). The title track features a duet between Isacson and his partner Tara Landry (Elevator To Hell). The album charted on university radio across Canada, and was listed at #17 on Baffled Octopi's top Canadian albums of 2016. Videos were released for the songs "I Saw It Coming," "Rogue Element," "Highly Polished People" and "Captains of Industry."
In October 2016 the band released a Halloween single, "Zombies," with an accompanying video filmed in the late, lamented Kemp Lake Music Cafe (which the band played at frequently) and on Pender Island.
Josh Harrison joined on guitar in April 2017. In February 2018 the band released a new single and video, "Cosmic Joke," and they are currently working on material for their 3rd album, with recording planned for Fall 2018.