“Hey! Well, to be blunt, we’ve been incredibly busy (which is no bad thing).
Like so many of our peers, even the seemingly successful ones, we all work full-time jobs outside of the band.
We spent the spring/summer putting the finishing touches to our debut EP and as the summer ended each of us disappeared abroad on holiday to a smorgasbord of destinations (Tenerife, Australia & Orlando) which kinda sums up the eclectic mix of personalities we have in our band, haha.”
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pariah”?
“Pariah is the most up tempo track from our new EP. It’s a song that doesn’t pull any punches and combines a multitude of styles in a spirit which we intend to build our core sound around.”
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“Technically no, there’s a lot of angst on display in this song but the sources of frustration which inspired it are not isolated.”
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
“As is probably evident… it was A LOT of fun! We have to thank Pete Herbert for being so easy to work with and capturing our vision so perfectly, but we really have to shout out Mark & John (The Bone Brothers) who had actually wrestled a match in another part of the country just hours before the shoot! We also have to shout out Jay & Emmy of Bulk’s Gym for allowing us to use their awesome facilities as well as Mike Bird & Catch 22 who’s training ring we filmed the whole video in.”
The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?
“This EP is a microcosm of our core sound in 3 tracks and serves as our mission statement moving forward.”
How was the recording and writing process?
“We each came off the back of failed projects which left us feeling deflated & frustrated. Getting into the studio to start this band was like reigniting the flame for us all and was a very liberating process, building the tracks from scratch with a guiding hand from our producer Erim Ahmet.”
How has Skindred and Linkin Park influenced your writing?
“The key thing both those bands share in common is an ability to seamlessly blend genres, which is something we really aspire to. We’re also very conscious of creating music which will be fun to play live (for us and the audience), something both bands have nailed throughout their careers.”
What role does Kent play in your music?
“We’ve all spent our formative years either socialising or playing at local gigs. Unfortunately, in recent years many venues have shut down whilst others have simply stopped homing live music (especially of the “heavy” variety). There’s still some gems like Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend, The Lady Luck in Canterbury and more recently The Booking Hall in Dover to name but a few. Kent’s a funny old place where you can be equidistance from London & the coast, so subsequently the people are a confused product of their environment.”
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
“Anger is a gift as Zack de la Rocha would say. It’s almost therapeutic to channel negative energy into music. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Listening to artists who we admire often helps, we actually began this project by creating a collaborative playlist of songs we’d like to draw from. It really helped kickstart the early demo sessions.”
Any plans to hit the road?
“Our live debut is on 14/02/20 at The Penny Theatre in Canterbury with Seething Akira, Deaf Row and Tides Of Ire. Thanks to On The Radar Promotions for hosting us! More dates TBA.”
What else is happening next in CROSTPATHS’ world?
“We’re currently in the thick of recording our follow up EP, so expect to hear even more new music in the first quarter of 2020!”