INTERVIEW: NC-based indie folk supergroup Mad Crush

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Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Time For A Love Song?” Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The big idea behind our band Mad Crush is of an ongoing dialogue between two people who may or may not have the guts to give themselves over to love — they’re adults, so of course they’ve been burned and they know the price they might pay. In “Time For a Love Song?” I’m in selling mode, really trying to convince Joanna that the sky is the limit if she’ll go with her feelings. Her spoken lines are meant to undercut my enthusiasm, but also to leave a little room for the possibility. If you listen carefully, she nails that delivery. I also like that at the halfway point the key changes and the script flips — she starts to see that I might have a point.

What’s the story behind the band name / album title?

We were searching for a band name, and getting frustrated with near misses, when our drummer complained about a particular bar that always turns into a “mad crush.” The minute we heard this, we all knew we had our name. The double entendre is perfect for what we sing about.

What role does your local community in North Carolina play in your music?

The Triangle area of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill is rich with all kinds of musicians and bands. I’m proud to be part of the loose community of artists here, and frankly, it keeps us on our toes. We want to be deserving of our place in the conversation.

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

I didn’t invent this, but I’ll swear by it — I like to listen to my friends talk and eavesdrop on people while they shop or go about their day. Inevitably someone mentions a situation I wouldn’t have imagined on my own, and I run with those. I can take that person’s problem or funny story and match it with my personality so that the result feels true and fresh.

What else is happening next in Mad Crush’s world?

You know how lots of funk and psychedelic bands have sung about outer space and intergalactic aliens? I can’t make any promises, but our drummer Chuck Garrison (formerly of Superchunk) is pushing the idea that we write an alt-country, sci-fi cowboy-in-space concept album. And why not?!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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