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INTERVIEW: New Zealand Power Rock Duo Cairo Knife Fight

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Not bad at all.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A-Six”?

The first single off the upcoming album ‘Seven’. Like the rest of the songs on the record it was written and recorded in a single day, for the most part, something that was a very new experience for us and driven by budget and also a desire for a new challenge. Its a song about a number of things, growing older in a business obsessed with youth and living through a tumultuous time in US politics as my first experience of that since moving to America. Like most things i write, it’s several topics working together and the video is a reflection of that too with our star acting as an Avatar for the bile, spite and general decay we experience daily in this world. She’s you, she’s me.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not any one thing but i will say that the US presidential primaries were in full swing at the time and that was a hell of a trip.

The single comes off your new album Seven- what’s the story behind the title?

There are Seven primary tracks with Seven interludes connecting them on the Seventh release ive made as a writer.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a challenge and a beginning of a new direction for the band. We wrote and recorded 9 songs in 8 days with the last few dollars we had and we hoped to kick off a new path for the band by making two records a year instead of the usual one very couple of years. Unfortunately we got held up in label purgatory in the US and that wasted months and months so our plan was derailed but we hope to return to it soon in the studio we’re building in Burbank to accommodate our intentions.

The goal is to be making records almost constantly and just keep releasing them quickly once theyre done. For a band who operates in our genre, that seems like the better bet these days.

What role does New Zealand plays in the writing on this record?

It’s my home and its baked into my work, it’s up to others to decipher what that means in practice.

Would you call this a departure from your previous work or a follow up?

It’s a progression, one would hope. That’s how I see it anyway. The desire is to be heard as appearing to have a voice of your own, i think we have that… I hope we do anyway and this is another step along the path.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everywhere… it’s around us at every minute. This particular song is definitely addressing issues that are extremely current and, as a result, it’s not necessary to look that far to find the inspiration.

Any plans to hit the road?

Nothing concrete currently, it’s absolutely what we want though. Sometimes it takes a while for a band in a new place to find it’s feet and fall into a touring world. Hopefully we’re nearing the end of that game and things will fall into place for us soon as it’s something that we miss since moving to the USA.

What else is happening next in Cairo Knife Fight’s world?

More videos are coming soon and we’re picking up live shows around LA, which is nice. More is coming, thats what i want… more.

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