YoungBlood – “No Retreat”

YoungBlood – “No Retreat” (Eonian Records)

OMG. Depending on whether late 80s hard / glam rock a la Slaughter, Warrant or Extreme was yer thang, YoungBlood will undoubtedly bring back all those memories – good or otherwise lol! This isn’t actually a new band but an original group who formed in the Midwest and initially recorded the 16 songs on this album back in 1989! I don’t know what happened after that but the band folded and it has taken the best part of thirteen years for them to be formally released. Truly astonishing and also tragic given the quality of the material n musicianship which is up there with the best of those 80s bands. Songs like ‘Heat Of The Passion’, ‘My One And Only’ and ‘Get Down To It’ take us back to the days of air punching rock anthems, acoustic ballads, get-the-funk-out party groovers and most of all – heaps of hairspray! Vocalist Bobby Sisk is one of these pretty boy rockers with a barnet that would put a lion to shame and with such high vocals you wonder if he got kicked in the nuts, but a champion crooner he certainly is, along with the stadium shakin’ guitars of Jeff Diehl and Eric Saylors. “No Retreat” was a treasure waiting to be discovered and what’s even more awesome is that YoungBlood still have another 29 unreleased tracks held in reserve!

Cauldron – “Tomorrow’s Lost”

Cauldron – “Tomorrow’s Lost” (Earache Records)

Yeah, I can see why these Canadians are a bit hit on the Euro circuit, especially in the ‘true’ metal league given how early 80s they sound! Taking their inspiration from the 1st generation of NWOBHM bands and in particular Angel Witch, Raven and of course Maiden (although by no means confined to them), Cauldron even have a retro sound right down to hard rock tinges and raw dirty guitars! Singer / bassist Jason Decay has one of those girlie high vocals that bring a melodic constant throughout Cauldron’s material be it on the free wheeling ‘Burning Fortune’, the occult groove of ‘Relentless Temptress’, or more mid tempo stuff like ‘Nitebreaker’. Additionally, the production sound is very akin also to the 80s, when bands had a no frills approach to recording such that their albums were faithful reproductions of their live sounds and vice versa. Cauldron live as well as play the 80s – it’s like these dudes are stuck in that era but just grew up a coupla decades later lol!

The Fallen Within – “The Day You Died Inside”

The Fallen Within – “The Day You Died Inside” (Noiseheadrecords)

This Greek band formed just under a decade ago and have undergone significant changes thru their line-ups, sound and even look! Their debut “Intoxicated” mixed the aggro groove metal of Soulfly with the mellow death of In Flames (complete with neck ties) and was recorded in Athens, mixed in Finland and released on an Italian label! This sophomore is equally diverse but different with songs like ‘How Do I Rise From The Dead’, ‘Still Tearing Me Apart’ and ‘Crawling Down The Hallway’ mixing the brutal chopping riffs of Soilwork with emocore melodies, and the biggest change being the strong electro dub keyboards adding a dance groove in some cases! With vocal styles to match from emo-mello to screamo to death, The Fallen Within continue to flirt with diversity, not to mention haircuts all around!

Driven – “A Breakdown Of Character”

Driven – “A Breakdown Of Character” EP (www.facebook.com/drivenuk)

This lot might hail from the leafy suburbs of north London, but their style of aggro metal sees their up turned noses pointing decidedly towards Texas, not in the least given how much they sound like Pantera! But hold up, this would be an at times slightly more tempered Pantera, one also mixing in soulful vocals and melodic guitar licks reminiscent of Kirk Hammett into songs like ‘Ghosts’, ‘Uproar’ and ‘Vacant Throne’. It’s an interesting take indeed on what might’ve happened if Dimebag n Anselmo had carried on as a heavy metal band instead of the furious monster that Pantera became but for the mo this lot are far beyond driven.

BE’LAKOR

BE’LAKOR impressed me with their latest album. So much that I wonder why I haven’t heard/checked them out before. But as they say there’s no time like now. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

You are being described as the no 1 Aussie death metal act. Are you guys really the great white hope for Aussie metal?
-I certainly would not describe us as the number one Australia death metal act – there’s no doubt that Psycroptic hold that position! I think we’re part of a large group of upcoming Australian metal bands that are doing fairly well. It’s great that the rest of the world is starting to pay a bit of attention to the Aussie scene.

We live in an age where people get signed based on how many “likes” they have on Facebook or how hits they got on Myspace. How fragile is the success of social media and what does it really mean in the real world?
-I think the success of social media is actually quite tangible – it provides a direct connection between a band’s music and their listeners. The great thing about it is that bands can grow and promote their music without being dependent on labels (who take most of their money).

When you are on your third album and the really great success hasn’t really happen where do you find motivation to carry on?
-We’re very pleased with the level of success we’ve had to date. We never set out to become massive rock stars anyway (which, incidentally, is hardly possible for a death metal band!) – we just wanted to make music we enjoyed listening to and that was well received by others. So far, the band has let us tour Europe twice and meet lots of great people. That’s more than enough motivation for us to keep doing what we do.

We live in an age where there are no borders thanks to the net. But what physical difficulties are there to be on the other side of world?
-Without a doubt, time and money. When we want to play overseas we need to take about 50% of our year’s annual leave from work and spend a tremendous amount of money on flights. It’s very expensive to fly five band members across the world!

When you play shows in Europe do you feel that you get more attention simply because you are from Australia? You must be an exotic part of any festival.
-We certainly have been blown away by the welcome we’ve received from European metal heads. Whether this is due to the novelty of us being Australian, or the fact that our music simply resonates with Europeans – it’s hard to say. I don’t think being Australian is particularly exotic though – we’re all of European heritage anyway.

How important is it to find the right album title? What does “of Breath and Bone” mean to you guys?
-It’s very important. It took us a long time (and a lot of debate) before we arrived at ‘Of Breath and Bone’. It reflects the duality of the album cover and the underlying duality of our lyrics, which often explore the way in which we are driven to act, create and destroy while the knowledge and possibility of nothingness sits beneath each of our thoughts. The question it raises is whether death gives life absolute meaning or renders everything meaningless. I think the listener could draw any number of conclusions.

Do you feel that you have to follow a certain code when you write lyrics? What are you main themes for lyrics?
-Not at all – we write about any idea or concept which we find interesting. We will often explore those ideas by telling a story, rather than directly. The main themes of our music are those set out in my earlier answer; the nature of reality, death and the often false assumptions that underpin life.

Has it been important to you guys to have a band name that people have to look for the explanation to instead of a common and easy to decipher word?
-I would have to say not really. ‘Be’lakor’ has no particular meaning or special relevance – it’s just a name that we thought sounded unique and compelling. If people spend time looking for an explanation, they’re certainly on the wrong track!

When you play melodic death metal what is the single most important thing to think about? Do you set rules that you must follow or can anything go?
-Melodic death metal, for us anyway, is without a doubt music that people listen to for its emotive capacity. It’s therefore critical that the music has plenty of feeling and moves the listener emotionally. We don’t have any rules, but we always set out to create compelling melodies and harmonies.

What future is there for you guys?
-A fourth album and hopefully a few more overseas tours! It goes without saying that we’d like to return to Europe, but we’d also love to play in the USA (where we’ve never been) and perhaps in Asia. We’re really enjoying the band at the moment, so it’s something we’d like to keep going as long as possible.

BRAIN SCRUBBER

Thai metal might be less known than Thai food but it does exist. BRAIN SCRUBBER are another example of that. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

Is the band name some sort of program declaration? What was behind the choice of band name?
-Because we think we will made the music in Brutal death metal genre for cleaning everybody brain in the same thing is he saw , he listen and let he know in his world It’s have a Death Metal!

How would you describe your music to somebody new to it?
-It’s Like A Brutal Death Metal in new generation. we focusing in the speed and the complex of music
And in the vocal voice we focusing in bass voice is the main of every song.
and in the material about music we focusing about everything around us about bad thing, bad day
example the coruption of thai politician, take advantage from the inferior people Etc.

What has been the single most important influence to you musically?
-Main is Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Job for a cowboy, Pathology Etc.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
-From we listen the music and we need to shared our experience of life in the heavy song way is we like!

How much does the Thai society influence you? How much of your daily life seeps into the music?
-Dezember, Carnivora, Invein, Dhon Phee Bin , Stone Metal Fire We listen always but not every day.

Can we speak of a Thai metal scene? What kind of bands are there?
-It’s not popular in a lot of Thai people. They are listening only group and the opportunity to present about music that is foreign is too hard. About concert the place is generous to metal music show is so scant but a place we have is so very well to support. About recorder we have a little recorder to support metal music because big recorder he know the Thai people in present the most everybody in Thailand like a K.Pop Music, We Think it’s not fair to Thai metal musician. and last in Thailand underground metal The most people like to listen Hardcore and post hardcore too much. It’s so sad to Death metal but we think it’s will be good in the future.

How important is playing live for the growth of the band? What does playing live give you?
-Very important because playing live is to release the hidden power and learn about music, get the new experience and let we met another people another fans and to make the new generation of our fan club.

What part do the social media play in spreading the word of the band?
-The main way to present our work is on Internet.

What is the label scene like in Thailand? Are there any good underground labels that can help you spread the band to the rest of the world?
-In Thailand the label scene is too rare but he support the artist in his label very well and the label scene to support our band is Immortal Production.

What are you plans for Brain Scrubber?
-Our plan is release new album in every year and need to present my music to foreign a lot in the future.

THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

The guitar solo is dead. Long live the guitar solo.THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF came to me by chance but there’s no reason to regret it now that I know of her existence. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

I think that asking you about role models is a boring question. What I want to know is how much you have to sacrifice to be as good at guitar playing as you have become? Is it worth it in the end?
-When I started out playing I wanted to be a songwriter in a rock band, I had NO idea that I would eventually turn into a shred guitarist. I had a difficult time during high school but the guitar was always there. When things got a bit better, I had spent so much time playing guitar it seemed foolish to abandon it, so I just kept on going. Being a serious creative person will always alienate you from your peers. I remember when I was doing visual arts I would skip my lunch break and stay after school to work on my portofolio. I was the only student doing that and gained enormous popularity with my art teacher who would give me art supplies and art-advice outside of school. Later on after high school, when I did my animation class, I would be the only student scratching on the door to the art studio as I wanted to finish my art project. My art teacher fell in love with my dedication, so she gave me a Mac so I could work on my art projects from home! I coulnd’t believe it! She would later on show my animation video to her art classes at the University of Chicago and wrote me one hell of a statement! Is it worth it? If art and music is at the epicenter of your life, it is worth it if the work you have made gets attention. I was very touched when someone covered my song ” Let it Go”, I never thought I would see that. I couldn’t believe it! If your work goes unnoticed, then it`s not.

Still I would like to know what it was that made you want to pick up a guitar to begin with?
-I was tired of visual arts and I had lots of ideas for songs. Music had always been at the epicenter of everything as I would always listen to music when I was drawing, painting or designing. I couldn`t play an instrument. I originally wanted to play drums but went for the guitar, as it was a solo-instrument that could be used for songwriting. I started to play guitar the year I turned 16, so I considered myself rather old compared to my peers who had been playing since early childhood. I had no time to waste. It was more than enough with one instrument.

I’m not one for gender generalizations but we have The Great Kat and now you as the Commander-In-Chief but we don’t see any male guitarists with ego boasting monikers. Is it still strange with a female being efficient at guitar playing?
-Nope, I think having a bit of an ego is a typical male thing. Look at the rappers, they don`t do anything else but to boast. “I`m the best rapper alive”, how many times haven`t you heard that? When it comes to big sounding artist names you got Emperor, Madonna, Queen, The King, Dio, The Boss, Prince…. I don’t think my artist name is particularly ego-centric. I wanted something that sounded, big, serious and masculine. I wanted people to think of a guy when they heard my artist name. Something that would be intimidating rather than the typical choices of sweet female artist names. There is nothing new in creative women writing or creating under a male pseudonym, it’s actually very common in literature, or at least it used to be.

How important is it to have a moniker that makes you stand out in this day and age?
-It`s your identity, your brand if you wish, so it`s very important. The hardest thing is to find one that is available. I spent a lot of time trying to come up with an artist name ever since I started playing guitar. Funny thing is, before I started to call myself The CIC, I was working on a metal version of “Hail to the Chief” the intro song used by The Commander In Chief of the US. I felt like an idiot for not coming up with my artist name before. It took the presidential election of 2008 for that particular name to pop into my mind. I was very surprised that noboby else was using it.

Lately guitar solos in metal has become a no no. Why do you think that guitar solos has been forsaken in metal?
-It was probably too much with the 80`s, so alternative put an end to it along with nu-metal. Solos are in again now thought, with bands like Avanged Sevenfold, even Disturbed started soloing.

What is the relationship with heavy metal and guitar solos? Where does the idea that a metal song has to have a guitar solo come from?
-I don`t know, aren`t most metal guitarist influenced by blues?? You should ask Black Sabbath that question, or Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin. I know the Chicago jazz scene had a big impact on me in that field. My mother used to manage Jazz acts and all these Jazz cats solo forever. The first demo I did was with producer/guitarist/bassist Paul Richmond, a true Jazz/R&B legend in Chicago. My mom would drive me throught the gang infested “hoods” of the southside to get to his place. I remeber telling him ” hey, get out your 6 string bass and jam up a solo!”. He was giving me weird looks, as solos, especially from the ryhthm section ,it’s not that common in rock songs. Eventually we went over to James Knowles’ house, a great R&B drum legend in Chicago who played with Toni Braxton and R. Kelley. He did some takes for my songs and I looked over at him and went; ” Dude! That’s soooo boring, give me a solo and show off your chops dude!”. These guys would just be laughing and be like “Duuude, it’s all about simplefying in popular music! It’s all about keeping the groove and keeping it simple!”. I didn’t care much, I was like “I know you guys can play!!Let it show in the song!!”. This is very typical for how I deal with session guys, I will always push them, always. My philosophy was always that it’s better to have too much, than to have to little. But after recording with producer Sterling Winfield some months ago, I got a lesson in simplifying…lol…so now I am trying to find the balance between letting everybody shin without compromising the flow of the song. Eventually when I put my first live band together and did my first demo EP, I abandoned my idea of letting the other musicians solo. Reason why? Because most hired guns don’t really care about what music they play or who they work with. When hired guns start making all sorts of demands I get VERY annoyed. I’m the songwriter and I’m the artist, who will pay me to show up at my own rehearsals? Nobody! So it pisses me off when other musicians start behaving like divas, complaining about the venue or the rehearsal space or the gear or the money…Once I had two guys in my band who wanted my manager to pay their rent so they could “stay in my band”. I have encountered so much weird behavior from my fellow musicians I honestly can’t believe it. I have been very lucky to have the same drummer for almost 3 years now and he has been part of the entire artist development stage.

Why does a conventional guitar only have six strings? Who decided that and who decided what tones the strings should have?
-Hmm……I know that the 7 string comes from Jazz originally. Now we are moving into acoustic guitar territory and I honestly don`t know much about the general history of the guitar, lol.

Can you in lay man terms explain the benefit of a seventh string?
-More depth. You can transcribe your songs an octave lower, I`m intrigued by the 8 string, would like to try that out as well. Then all my songs could be super deep and uber heavy.

When you write songs do you have what do you focus on primarily? Is the melody second to the solos? How important is the song context for the solos?
-It`s all about the song, the solos and the lyrics come last. Always. The solos have their place but the most important thing is the song itself. It usually start with the riff and that gives me the idea for the overall theme of the song. The first part I wrote in “Famous” was the riff and instantly I was just singing ” gives us more blood more blood”. I visualized an angry crowd with their fists in the air shouting at fallen stars. I visuallized the headlines caused by Britney Spears breakdown and Amy Winehouse. How the gossip press and the readers just wanted more and more and more. It was a critique against the audience, no doubt. Then, I read an article in the L.A. Weekly. It talked about how the Hollywood Walk of Fame didn’t want to give stars to Reality Show Celebreties like Kim Kardashian and The Situation. They were offended apparently as they felt like they deserved to have one…… I just wrote down one sentence in my notebook….”Less you know the more likely it is you will be famous…”. Some months passed and I was singing on top of the Famous riff, adding a verse that was a total critique towards reality shows like: Big Brother, the Kardashians, Jersey Shore…..One day I was doing something else, absent minded as always, when the chorus for Famous literally just dropped in my head. The lyrics and everything was just there, and I run over to my H4, recording the idea. Eventually, I took out the Famous riff from the chorus and replaced it with “plain” chords instead, as this din’t obstruct the vocal melody. Instantly the song became more ” commercial” sounding, but this was necessary for the vocal line to “breathe”.When I was preparing myself to go into the recording studio, I sat back and listen to the song over and over again. I always had an empty space in the song, reserved for a future solo. I sat there singing various melodies for myself, until I finally came up with a melody that sounded cool for a solo. Then the trick was to actually PLAY the idea I had. This took me many hours and late nights with intensive guitar playing before heading into the studio. I knew what I wanted. I played my fingers sore to get there and I did. This is a typical songwriting process that I go through…I always saw “Famous” as symphatizing with the star. It was ment as a critique towards the audience as there would be no reality shows without the audience who sits at home and vote. There were three seperate influences for the songs. Peoples morbid obsession with stars that are falling apart. Cynical reality shows that are made to push people and test their limits. And finally, retarded statements from Kim Kardashian and the Situation. How these “NO-bodies” in term of skills and tallent feel entiteled to fame.
The vision always come first. Skills come later and have to expand and adapt accordingly. Thats’ how I have always worked and that’s how my soloing and guitar playing has evolved. I will sing a guitar solo a lot of times. Then the challenge is to actually write it on the guitar;);)

Is there a future for guitar oriented metal acts today?
-There has to be if not the Djent genre and the Prog genre of today wouldn`t thrive.

DARK NIGHTMARE

DARK NIGHTMARE is another of my new Greek fave metal bands. I was so blown away by their latest album that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

When you come from Greece it seems awfully strange to associate your album with winter. What is it about winter that is so fascinating?
-We live in a town in northern Greece surrounded by the highest mountains, were winter comes early and strong. So the biggest part of our lives is spent on mountain- related activities.

Your sound is being described as epic heavy metal. When you play that kind of metal where do you draw inspiration from?
– We don’t try to force our music in a certain style. The music we play is just what we feel without limits and rules.

Is there a period in heavy metal history that has been more influential than any other? Which have been the most important bands in forming your sound?
– The 80s was the most influencial period of hevy metal but we also draw inspiration from bands that still make music and perform in the present days.The most important bands would have to be : iron maiden,dio,black sabbath,judas priest,crimson glory,qoueensryche,fates warning and many more…..

When I look at your cover art work I get flashbacks to album covers from the 80s. What made you chose the cover art work to “Beneath The Veils Of Winter”?
– When we decided on the name of the album we gave it along with the lyrics to the cover art designer. When we saw his work on this cover we were very pleased because this was exactly what we had in mind.

Do you feel that with each new release you get better and better? Do you have a plan as to where this will end?
– We are definately getting better with practice and experience and each new release is better than the previous ones. We dont know yet were the road will take us but for now we are working on our next EP and then we will start working on new songs for the next album.

I willingly admit that I have a hard time telling all the different sub-genres apart. What kind of bands is a part of the epic heavy metal scene? How often do you interact with these bands?
– When people ask me what kind of music we play i just answer HEAVY METAL not only because people understand it but also because we dont like to limit our music within a certain sub-genre. We interact with various bands and we have common elements in the music we make with some of them.

When you play metal do you feel a kinship with metalheads/band all over the world? Are we like you big united mass of flesh?
– I wouldn’t go as far as calling all the metalheads a “big united mass of flesh” but we certainly feel a connection with people that share the same passion.

What kind of social media feedback is there top the whole heavy metal scene? What kind of benefits can you harvest from the social network?
– Metalheads use social media to find their favorite bands and keep up to date with new releases. We use the social media In order to promote our MUSIC.

Do you ever see any danger in the digital downloaders digging their own grave in not purchasing physical copies?
– Digital downloading makes our music easily available for our fans anywhere.

What would you like for the future to bring to you?
– Health and inspiration.

INDIGO DARKPSYCH

You should know by now that I love discovering new bands. Thanks to some really die hard music fans I got to know about INDIGO DARKPSYCH. Wanting to know more I had to do an interview. ©2012

When you front something with your own name does the burden to get everything right ever feel overwhelming?
-To actually start with, I am quite used to be the front person of my own project/band and therefore represent it in all kinds of situations and to all types of Media, as I have initially started all this as a solo artist by the stage-name ‘Indigo’ back in 2002, coming from a background of an early musical career which had also given me the chance to be a session vocalist to many Rock orientated projects and finally the vocalist of a local Rock Band replacing a male front person who had just sadly passed away.

How do you divide your time between being the front figurine and actually getting stuff done? How much time do you spend on getting things done?
-A lot of work behind the scenes is involved and I am also the person who does most of it to this day and time. One has to have good and versatile skills to be able to fulfill what’s expected from the viewers and fans on stage and on screen and on the other hand to get the productions and desk work done properly and in time. As in everything, it takes longer to prepare things than to actually present them but since I can dedicate most of my time to my music, it’s not that difficult to cope with!!

What help do you get from being on a label these days? What can they do that you can’t do yourself?
-Being on a label means a lot of different things nowadays for the simple reason that the industry is so vast and competitive and also for the fact that different labels cater for different things. Some things we can do ourselves as artists, like promoting and finding gigs, but the rest they can do much better and in a professional way depending on their history and experience.

How important has DIY come to mean again in this time and age when labels have less money to spend on artists?
-The worldwide spread of Internet and efficient technology made DIY possible and as you just said above, DIY gained much more importance since Labels have less to spend or realize that they should cut down their expenses and simply do the work that we cannot as successfully achieve.

What has modern technology done to enable for you as an artist? is it easier to get the kind of sound you want just from recording in your bedroom or does a studio still bring to the sound something you can’t get anywhere else?
-A lot of home studios nowadays came to existence and it depends on what they consist of and how capable the person at the desk is. Those are two elements that bring out the difference and the rest is in sound proofing and amplifying when it comes to recording vocals and live instruments. One can have a quality studio in their bedroom or living-room depending on how its built and the recorder’s knowledge and skills.

When you think about starting to record something new how do you go about it?
– I usually start from the synths and vocals soon after I write the vocal lines, or else build guitar riffs on synths and write the lyrics and melody after.

I get a feeling that we who like the albums we buy to come with great art work are getting fewer and fewer for each new year. How important is art work to you?
-Artwork is what catches the eye, be it online or in stores. Artwork and Visual presentations are always very important as it’s what can draw the attention of someone or let them pass by!!

What can you say with art work that you perhaps can’t in music or lyrics?
-Through visual concepts, Artist’s Image and Artistic Designs one can deliver a vibe and feeling synonymous to the music style. Lyrics and Music deliver meanings and emotions alternatively and respectively.

How important is the visual side of things to you? How much of the persona lies in the visual?
-For me personally it’s very important to reflect the true me in the way I appear as my music is a direct message from my life’s experiences. It’s very difficult to explain but to me the visual aspect always had a great meaning and I have been an all round artistic person since I was very young, taking up Art as a main subject in secondary and tertiary school.

What does the future hold for you guys?
-Our third Album has just been completed and my present wish is to achieve great success for it and it’s consisting tracks and to therefore keep broadening the sound of our name ‘Indigo Darkpsych’

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MURDER OF CROWS

MURDER OF CROWS might not be the least common band name but once you sort out the bad from the good you end up with this band. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

In this day and age it is easy to look bands up on the net. And with so many bands having the same name how do you go about making sure that the fans end up at the right spot?
-We have had a bit of trouble regarding this. All of a sudden there seems to be a thousand “murderofcrows” in England and in America & Europe. At first I was only aware of an American tribute band, so we added the prefix of U.K. to our myspace address. When Crows originally started by myself-DC & LC on vox we were playing acoustic punk/hardcore songs since 2009. Also ensure your contact details are on everything you sell or send people.

When you were looking for a band name was it important that it had literary connotations? What was it that you were looking for?
-I had the name knocking round for years and just attached my solo writings to it, then eventually it morphed into what it has now become. I thought it kind of fitted with the style of music, kinda dark with a feeling of space and depth, but also a heaviness and bite when required.

I am more of a loner and would probably do best to be a solo artist. What is the hardest part being a part of a band? How do you get several individuals to work towards the same goal?
-Usually we get together at rehearsal and if someone has an idea they can bash it out and we can all make or put our views and ideas in. I think we know when it feels right and when things need changing.

When you write music do you do it as a unit or do you come together comparing notes? What method works best in composing?
-We all come up with ideas, unfortunately I tend to get carried away and rattle several new tunes off a month, as I said in question 3, we jam it out and see where it goes.

Something I often wonder about listening to so many different bands is how you guys constantly come up with new stuff never heard before. How important is it that each member brings with him/her a different set of influences to make the whole stand out?
-I think the best thing is that we all have very different musical influences, it adds to the texture and throws some good tangents into the mix, each song is a new trip!!!!!

How different a beast is Murder Of Crows in studio and on stage? How much change in character is there to the songs live compared to in studio?
-Studiowise is nice and cozy. All recording is at SC’s home studio, so it quiet and relaxed, without having to race against the clock. Livewise, it’s a case of tune up, turn up and wig out!!!!!

When you record songs how do you know when they are done? Do you have somebody that puts his or her foot down?
-Again, we all seem to feel when something’s right. There’s no real plan to how we work, so it’s kept organic all the time

How important is the way the band looks on stage and in photos? Do you have a planned style that you go by?
-We just turn up and play, no fashionistas here

How much say do you have in choosing art work and lay-out? What kind of concepts do you go for?
-We have full control of all artwork, layout and everything else. That’s the great thing about being independent.

What would the ideal future bring with it?
-Being able to put a regular body of work each year, play good support slots nationally and make a few quid if it all pans out!

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