INTERVIEW: Crimson Star
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
[James & Roj] Hi, thanks for having us, We’re great, just dandy!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Pragmatist”?
[James] It’s a groovy little bouncy love song which we love to play live and the reaction we’ve received from it so far is simply amazing! Apparently it’s one of those songs that gets stuck in your head, we hope that is a good thing!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
[James] For the music it was just a riff I fluked at rehearsal one day and we worked on the rest from there. It felt fun and we decided to keep the whole song as groove driven as possible. As for the lyrics, I was watching The Walking Dead one evening and for some reason “Tear the skin from the bone” popped in my head, obviously from a zombie killing scene. I decided to make that an extremely dramatic metaphor for a love song! We are basically saying some people will do anything to get what they want, be that a person, possession or status etc.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
[James] The video was shot on a hot summer’s day at a place called The Lickey Hills on the outskirts of Birmingham. It was fun to start with but believe me it gets very hot very quickly when wearing a dog suit! Seeing the end result made it all worth it though. Its was such a laugh and think all of us enjoyed prating about, we got a fair few dodgy looks from passers by.
The single comes off your new EP Bay View – what’s the story behind the title?
[James] Well, when arranging accommodation for the recording of our latest EP, we were given the number of a guy to call for a place near to the studio, he advised us that his apartments have a lovely view of Cardiff Bay…the view we got was not that! Some run down old factory. Roj took a picture and said it reminded him of a Led Zep album cover style and so we decided to use it as the front cover for the single “The Pragmatist”.
[Roj] It is the exact view we had from our bedrooms, we thought Bay View sounded good as an EP title and was really a reminder to ourselves of the time we’d had recording these songs, plus it was a bit of an inside joke for us 3 so decided to go with that.
How was the recording and writing process?
[James] This was our 2nd time recording with Romesh Dodangoda at Longwave Studios down in Cardiff and this time we actually felt prepared. Having worked with Romesh previously it was great that we knew what to expect and what would be expected of us throughout the recording process.
We worked on songs for approximately 6 months leading up to the recording, scrapping quite a few of the weaker ones. Then as a group and hearing opinions from family and close friends, picked the 5 strongest songs!
[Roj] During the recording as always, some changes were made, lyrics, instrument parts etc. All for the better, its great being able to listen to the song as a whole without having to play it at the same time, it really gives you a different experience and you can really drill down the sometimes excessive playing, melody and just get a crisper over all sound. Romesh has a talent when it comes to creating the sound for each instrument, either carefully selecting the range of amps and cabinets and microphones to get the tone we want or complete experimentation using the idea’s we all chuck at him as a group.
Hearing your track come together progressively across the week is such a buzz.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
[James] Song ideas, I usually come up with when relaxing at home, I quickly record these ideas on my phone just in case I forget them (it happens!). I then take these ideas to our rehearsal space to jam on with the other guys where like a cake we add layers to it to try and make it as awesome as possible. The lyrics come last and are simply adding the icing on the top! Lyrics are something I try not to over think and try to write the first thing that pops in my head and go from there. I remember reading that Eddie Vedder on the Binaural album used this approach when suffering from writers block so I’ve tried to adapt that approach!
Any plans to hit the road?
[James] None as of yet but we are trying to get as many gigs as possible for 2018 and if the opportunity to tour comes our way then we will jump at the chance!
What else is happening next in Crimson Star’s world?
[Roj] After the release of the EP, we are hoping to make a new music video for a track called ‘Euthanise Me’, we have a few ideas and lets see what we come up with. [
James] We are in the process of arranging a load of gigs for the first half of 2018 and are hoping to get on a few festivals, so watch out for us!
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