INTERVIEW: A Crash Republic

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

Hey, thanks for having us! We’ve been good, just doing our best to keep up with everything surrounding the EP release!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Overture”?

Yes! For some reason this song was a breeze when tracking but very difficult to mix. We engineered and mixed the entire record ourselves. There is something about the nature of the growling guitars in this song and the way that the parts are consistently high-energy that make it kind of chunky mix-wise. It also probably has something to do with the fact that this and “Last September” were the first songs that we finished mixing, so this is where we really got our stripes with how to make a kick and snare sound good or at least DECENT.

In terms of the song, Nick wrote it in high school about the awareness of being “different” perhaps in the sense of being an artist or writer. It also fits into the context of the story because it is our first glimpse into the protagonist’s state of mind.

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

The “Overture” that Nick refers to spewing is the angry glare his angsty self would project into the world walking down the hallway back in high school. I’m sure it’s not easy being that edgy. There is also a certain sense of pride that one gets from being different and listening to punk or metal and adopting an identity that is really repulsed by what people consider “normal.” That type of culture and “hating this town” definitely influenced the subject matter of this song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Nothing has been planned just yet, however, if we DID do a music video we were planning on having it be for this song!

The single comes off your new album Homewreckers: Sweet Apathy – will you call this a conceptual record?

Most definitely although it is inspired by personal experience. To be honest a lot of the songs are inspired by personal experience but placed strategically to fit the context of the story. The “Sweet Apathy” portion of the trilogy refers to the main character’s “stream of consciousness” while the next two will focus more on a chronological narrative.

What made you want to split this in a trilogy?

We originally had an idea for a 12 song album. And then we kept writing and it became an 18 song album. But we had not recorded any of it yet so we decided to split it up to make the workload easier for ourselves. If we had decided to keep it at 18 songs and it was all self-produced this whole process would have taken 2 or 3 years longer to be honest.

Will each installment follow the same story or how will they be connected?

This first installment is titled “Sweet Apathy” because it details the main character’s commitment to anarchy and counterculture. The second installment will be called “This Means War” and focuses on the chaos resulting from this decision. The third one titled “My Last Excuse” will be about the depths of despair that the character finds himself in due to his decisions, and then his decision to pull himself out of it through a self-awakening process.

What’ the story behind the title?

“Sweet Apathy” is the name of the fourth track which we felt describes the character’s state of mind throughout the EP best. “Homewreckers” was a word chosen to describe the types of people that come into the mindset that the main character has chosen to adopt. It is basically a way to identify him as someone who subscribes to anarchy but becomes an inconsiderate wreck in the process. The “Homewreckers” theme carries throughout all three EP’s while “Sweet Apathy” is the first chapter.

How was the recording and writing process?

So these songs’ skeletons were written by Nick over a long period of time; most of the songs on this EP date all the way back to high school. A couple of them he rewrote the lyrics to because he wrote them when he was 15 or 16 and the lyrics were hot garbage. The music in terms of chords and vocal melodies were written mostly on piano. Andrew came up with the guitar and bass parts and either Andrew or Steve came up with drum parts depending on who tracked drums. First we tracked demos to the songs with programmed drums which was all done in 2016. Then in June of 2017 we booked studio time at The Record Co to record drums, then Nick moved back to Boston and we tracked guitars and bass at Andrew’s house and then started vocals at The Record Co again in January of 2018.

What was it like to work with Andrew Wade and how did that relationship develop?

We contacted Andrew Wade about mastering our project and he said he would be happy to! There were countless revisions to the mastering process because of… certain band members (Nick). But LUCKILY Andrew Wade is SO CHILL that he didn’t give us a hard time and only charged us a fee for revisions versus an entire remastering charge. We have nothing but good things to say about him and how he works. A lot of the songs we mixed very differently, so he took the first master, “Last September,” and did his best to have the songs match that one sonically so that they all fit within the same sonic landscape of one project.

How much did he get to influence the album?

He gave us a lot of juicy mids on the master which we liked. Made our mixes SLAP. You know?

What role does Boston play in your music?

People say we sound like the Dropkick Murphys a lot. Andrew definitely can pull off that celtic rasp that is characteristic of their sound. A lot of people have said that Nick’s chords and melodies remind them of Irish folk stuff. I hope that kind of answers the question?

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

Every song was different. Like we said, a lot of these songs were written in high school but the lyrics to Post Summer Rain and Watch Your Luck were almost entirely rewritten in 2016/2017. Post Summer Rain was always a song about nostalgia so we kept the theme there but revamped the lyrics and made them good. Watch Your Luck was about a completely different subject and Nick changed them to fit completely into the context of this EP as a conceptual record that leads into the next EP. Last September sort of just came to Nick while he was at NYU. Misanthrope, Overture, and Sweet Apathy Nick wrote most, if not all of the lyrics to while still in high school.

Any plans to hit the road?

YES, although we’ve never been a live band and more of a studio project, that is the next serious step for us. One missing piece of the puzzle is that we do not have a bassist yet so that has to be the next move for sure in order to make that happen.

What else is happening next in A Crash Republic’s world?

We have so many plans for new music to come out with that it’s almost overwhelming. The good news is that we plan on documenting a very large portion of our recording process so anyone who is interested in keeping up with us should follow us on social media, our username is @ACrashRepublic on almost all platforms! Thank you so much for having us!

About RJ Frometa

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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