INTERVIEW: Crimson Star

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

Roj: Hi VENTS, we’re great thank you! Very busy start to the year with a new EP due for release and another funny music video to get recorded very soon 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Olde Dawg”?

Jay: It’s the lead track from our latest EP, it’s driven, hard, groovy and has great chorus! The solo I do in this song is simple but very effective (in my opinion! Lol)

Roj: I love playing this song live, the outro riff is awesome!

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

Jay: This song was written at a time when our original drummer had decided to leave and we were feeling low and useless. We had gigs booked we had to cancel and had to turn down more opportunity. It was a challenging time where we were considering knocking the band on the head due to not finding a suitable replacement for almost a year. The song is about heading into the unknown and dealing with whatever comes your way!

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Roj: There is a very cool lyric video that has been released for this track! Check it out here:

Why naming the album after this song in particular?

Jay: “The Olde Dawg” ship represents the band…there’s still life in the Olde Dawg! We ain’t done yet!

How was the recording and writing process?

Roj: We recorded this EP with Romesh Dodangoda down in Cardiff, we’ve recorded with him twice before on our “Driven” and “Bay View” EPs so are very comfortable with Romesh and felt confident, even though our new drummer Chris was very new at the time! He smashed it!!!

Chris: I was thrown in at the deep end but really enjoyed it, it was a great experience and I can’t wait to record again!

Jay: As soon as Chris officially joined I brought the 3 song ideas to the studio and we jammed them out very quickly, they just seemed to flow really good and sounded huge. We didn’t waste anytime in booking a recording session. If I remember correctly the lyrics to The Olde Dawg I wrote whilst down in Cardiff and the vocals were done on the day! I think they turned out okay…

What role does Birmingham play in your music?

Roj: Birmingham has a huge history of great bands, we would love to someday be named as another great band out of Birmingham. The support for new music in birminghama nd the surrounding area’s is great, people love goign to gigs and there are some absoltuely fantastic venues, run by people with real passion and enthusiasm for great music.

How has Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath influenced your writing?

Jay: I think with us being from Birmingham, Black Sabbath influences us even if we don’t realize it! They were one of the first hard/heavy bands so most bands on the heavy side of the spectrum are influenced by them, they probably just don’t know it.

Roj: As for Queens of the Stone Age…their Songs for the Deaf album is simply amazing, how could that not have influenced us, and im sure you can hear some dribs and drabs of their sound and structure within our songs.

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

Jay: I have no idea what inspires me to write, I usually just mess about on my guitar at home and when I feel I’ve came up with a good riff or idea, I quickly record it on my phone just in case I forget it! As for lyrics…it’s whatever pops into my head at the time and how the music makes me feel. I don’t usually have a specific topic in mind.

Any plans to hit the road?

Roj: We are playing RockPool festival in February and Wildfire Festival in June and are hoping to add a few more festival slots to our list. We are hoping to tour the UK towards the end of summer so keep an eye out for us.

What else is happening next in Crimson Star’s world?

Chris: our video for the next single “Living A Lie” will be released in March to promote the new EP. It’s my first time being in a music video so I can’t wait for it!

Jay: If you have seen our previous video for “The Pragmatist” you will know our videos are fun and entertaining…you will love our new video!


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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