1. Can you talk to us more about your latest single Hope You’re Happy?
Hope You’re Happy is the last thing you say to someone when you’re trying to let them go. It can be be a torturous feeling. You might not want to do it but you might not have a choice. That’s why the song ends in anguish. “You cannot escape yourself / I cannot escape myself.”
2. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, the song is about the end of Heather’s relationship with the love of her life, who turned out to be a con man. He was arrested in front of her at the border and has gone to jail twice in the time she knew him. It was still a struggle letting go of the illusion of who he claimed he could be. He’s still lying to himself, pretending to be someone he’s not.
3. How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Peter, our director, has done an amazing job with both of our videos so far. We definitely put the hours in for Hope You’re Happy during an all night shoot at a haunted farmhouse near Ingersoll.
Our makeup artist, Haley, and actress Kat immediately picked up on the strange energy in the house. Haley correctly guessed the number of people who had died there. She felt them and guessed accurately how they died. At one point when Kat was alone she heard a noise and all the lights faded then corrected themselves.
It was a long, weird night and you can feel it in the video, but it came with catharsis.
4. How was the recording and writing process?
The original demo Heather sent was very subdued and almost whimsical sounding. When we brought it out in the rehearsal room this heavy, grungy sound emerged instead, and it really worked. It didn’t take long to arrange. It was one of those songs that just emerged organically. That doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it just feels very right.
5. What role does Hamilton play in your music?
This band exists because Hamilton is undergoing a cultural renaissance and has attracted a lot of musicians. We were all attracted here and we only met because of that. The city is gentrifying but its blue collar roots are everywhere. There is a raw, real, and grungey side to it that is reflected in our music.
6. What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating and try to throw into your music?
Taylor: I grew up in the nineties, so it was a very formative time in my life. All those 90s bands/sounds were in the background when I was a lad, so I think it just slowly seeps into you, and when you grow up, you just naturally want to emulate those sounds. The 90s grunge scene had a particular fascination with fuzzy distortion, so that’s a flavour we definitely throw in for good measure.
Dave: Besides the nostalgia associated with it, the 90s were really the first era where the fusion of different genres and influences made its way into mainstream rock music. In the context of our band, its an easy starting point since we all come from different musical backgrounds.
7. does the new single mean new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! We have been introducing ourselves to the world single by single. Our EP release will be in early October and we will be releasing a third single to celebrate!
8. Any tentative release date or title in mind?
9. Any plans to hit the road?
We’ve got a couple dates in August, but we’re still planning some more stuff for the fall as we speak.
10. What else is happening next in Another Crush’s world?