Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi, thanks for having us along. We’ve been great, but also very busy. A lot of work to do with the new single release and we are currently wrapping up everything for the next single and eventually the full EP. We are getting a lot of good feedback though, which is keeping our spirits high.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Midnight Blue”?
Sure. It is one of our more unique songs that we have written with some vocoder thrown in on the vocals. We have been playing it live for a while and working on it in the studio for over a year along with the rest of the songs soon to be released. The song is about the mind drifting to weird places on restless nights, and those jealous glances at the person fast asleep in bed next to you. The song is backed by an animated video by Evan Bond (https://www.instagram.com/evanbonddesign/) that perfectly matches the feel of the song. The single artwork – another great companion to the music – is an amazing digital collage done by Chloe Moss (https://www.chloemosss.com).
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Mostly just lying awake at night not being able to sleep, listening to the million different sounds that you never notice during the day. Simple things really, no major event.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The whole process was awesome! We talked to Evan over some beers and gave him the pretty vague idea of a robot on a beach and immediately we could see the gears start turning in his head. Successive meetings to discuss the video (always over beer) were always positive and he ended up becoming a good friend of ours. The story, storyboards, direction, and animation for the whole video was done by Evan in just a couple months. We really did not give him a lot of time, and he seriously delivered.
What made you go with an animated video?
We went animated because we really wanted to work with Evan, whose work we were exposed to because of connections to Threshold Studio (https://www.instagram.com/thresholdrecordingstudio/) in Hamilton, Canada, where we always record. His concept art immediately captured what we had in mind, and it was a no-brainer to continue on. Also the music is somewhat whimsical and playful, so we don’t think it would have translated well to a live action video, at least on our budget.
How was the recording and writing process?
The instrumental writing process was fairly easy, and it came together pretty quickly as a band. With a key change after a of couple practices, the song was sitting right and we were really grooving it. However, we couldn’t quite nail down the vocal melody that we were imagining. After we laid it down in the studio and all hope seemed lost, we decided to just experiment with it as we had nothing left to lose. That’s when Michael Keire (the mastermind behind Threshold Studios) suggested we try out a new vocoder pedal, and it really brought the song to a whole new level.
Threshold is an awesome little space in Hamilton that really fuels inspiration. Michael Keire, who is the owner and who produced our EP, is a great guy and close friend of ours. He was a great mentor to us when we first came to him several years ago, and he continually pushes us to get out of our comfort zone and to produce dope shit. The best artists in the area know to work at his state of the art/old school analog studio because it is constantly enhancing and has tons of versatility.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s your new album coming along?
Yeah, you can expect a new EP, and it is a pretty long one at six songs too. It is coming along very well, finally. The whole process has been a long time in the making so it is nice to say that all the songs are fully finished! Currently just figuring out final artwork, touring, physical copies and promotion- the work never stops.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We are releasing another single around mid-January, and then the full EP will be out in February. We are still working on the EP title, but we have it narrowed down to a couple options.
What other emotions would you be exploring on this new material?
A lot of the album deals with surreal, grandiose descriptions for simple ideas and occurrences. We found that describing our experiences in a fictitious way helps with honest writing for some weird reason. Maybe our real lives are just boring.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have an upcoming show for Exclaim’s Class of 2018 in Hamilton at The Casbah with good pals Jaunt and The Bandicoots, and local rapper Emay. It is the first time that Dan Burke’s Class of… series is coming to our hometown Hamilton, so it will be really exciting!
After that we are playing in Toronto at the Baby G with Spaceface, the side project of the guitarist from the Flaming Lips. We are all expecting to be floored by this show and couldn’t be more stoked. Luna Li is the other supporting band and they are killer as well.
We are currently in the works of planning shows around Southern Ontario, Canada. That is as far as we can go as of right now – maybe we will venture out to Montreal.
What else is happening next in The Crowleys’ world?
We are jumping right back into the studio. We have to always be recording or else we will just forget the songs we come up with. A lot of our writing is done with the full band so we never have one person keeping track of everything. I think we have like almost ten songs 90% worked out that we have to demo. The studio and writing is our favourite part so we are all very eager to get started.