Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Spanish Moss Sirens”?
“The Song of the Spanish Moss Sirens” is an ethereal call of sirens to passing sailors of the Gulf Coast. We drew our influences from folk, bluegrass, and even old sea chanties. The song relies heavily on harmonies, incorporating banjo and haunting fiddle.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
“The Song of the Spanish Moss Sirens” was inspired by a shipwreck that occurred in the waters off of the coast of where we live, caused by a hurricane that ripped the ship in half centuries ago. We wanted to add the bones of that story to a folklore of our own- the tale of Gulf Coast Sirens luring the sailors of Cartesia to their deaths.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
We felt that the tone of “The Song of the Spanish Moss Sirens” really summed up what we were trying to communicate through our album. We knew early on that we wanted the album to pay homage to our home in our rootsy ‘swamp folk’ style, a combination of sweet and creepy, without being too sentimental.
How was the recording and writing process?
Both recording and writing were incredibly exciting.
We each brought ideas and lyrics to the table and then relied on each other to give the songs life and create our own unique sound as a group. This was our first album, and none of us really knew what to expect from the recording process, or how sad we would be when it was time for us to head back home.
What was it like to work with Ben Tanner and how did that relationship develop?
We knew for sure that we wanted to record in Muscle Shoals, so we looked around for options and found Sundrop Studios. We were all so in awe of him and the fact that he agreed to produce our album, that when he and his assistant sound engineer, Albert Rothstein, turned out to be very cool and absolutely hilarious, we were happy to finally take a deep breath and relax. They were such pros and VERY proficient with the recording process.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Ben insisted that we stay as true to our sound on the recording as possible, even when we doubted our sound and abilities. We sing every vocal and play every instrument on the album except for the beautiful organ that Ben played and some percussion by Albert (he was an excellent screwbag player). Most of the album is recorded with “live” vocals and performances; the way you hear the song on your speakers is the way it will sound live. We may not have had the guts to be as authentic to our sound if Ben had not encouraged us to keep that as a priority.
What aspects of roots and gospel music did you get to explore on this album?
Being that The Kricketsare all from the South aspects of roots and gospel music seemed to develop naturally. We really got into exploring harmony structures taken from gospel, bluegrass, and even blues music. Also we drew inspiration from the traditional “play whatever you have on the front porch” type bands. We used anything from file cabinets to bags of screws making this album.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Each one of us drew our inspirations from different places for the songs that we wrote, but common threads exist throughout the whole album: water, nature, death, and loss.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’d sure like to! We’re looking forward to playing music festivals and opening for some great acts that we love. Emily just had a baby this summer and Lauren has two kids, so it’s hard to travel too much. But we are definitely in love with playing music with each other and sharing our originals with others.
What else is happening next in The Krickets’ world?
Writing! We are starting to get ideas and sounds together for our next album. We’re also looking forward to making some music videos!
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