Crevassian are new to the metal scene and have just started out on their musical journey. They first contacted us here at The Moshville Times after reading our review of the excellent Fraktions EP Anguish. They also sent us a copy of their debut single “Premonition”. The band describe themselves as having an ice vibe but I would say that “Premonition” is bigger than that. This is more the sound of the ice age, ice carving into mountains, it’s dramatic, very operatic and orchestral, the use of drums particularly so. I can easily see this being soundtracked to movies, it is that epic. This is orchestral metal that can move mountains. I look forward to hearing more from them in the future. In the meantime we caught up with drummer Nick to learn a little bit more about Crevassian and their creative process.
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
How did you meet?
I (Nick) met James online by posting in a Facebook group asking if anyone was down to do a project similar to Cloudkicker. After a bunch of writing on our own, Luke and George were recommended by a friend of ours, Joel from Fraktions. The power of the internet!
How long have you been playing as a band?
As a complete four-piece, about a year or so now.
Before you get sick of being asked where does the band name come from?
It’s a made up word deriving from ‘crevasse’, because we thought our music gave off a sort of icy vibe somehow when we started writing.
What are your influences?
Uneven Structure are pretty huge for us, particularly the album Februus. A whole host of post rock/metal bands also, If These Trees Could Talk and Cult of Luna records have inspired some material in the past.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Aside from the obvious post-yness, I think there is significantly more of a human feeling to our music. We want our records to sound like the stuff’s being played by us, in a room, for real, which is something a lot of modern metal seems to have forgotten about.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We’re an instrumental band, and not one that writes with any particular narrative or concepts in mind either. That approach is cool and can work wonders, but its not something we have done. We wouldn’t rule anything out though.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’re just getting started on that front. Our first show was at The Showcase Lounge in Croydon on the 6th of October.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I use a Pearl drum kit, Luke uses a Warwick bass, James and George both use Ibanez guitars. We used as much of our own gear as we could when recording “Premonition”, using real amps for the rhythm tones for instance, but its not massively important. We’re all just making use of what we already have.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our first single “Premonition”! It’s available on all the usual download/streaming services. You should also check out the guitar playthrough on our YouTube. [see below – Mosh]
What are your plans for the rest of 2017 / into 2018?
We’ve got another single coming later this year. After that, the current plan is to do an EP. And more shows, lots more shows.
- 30th November – The Boileroom, Guildford
- 10th December – The Black Heart, London
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before?
Supporting Uneven Structure would be absolute honour. I think it’s safe to say if they didn’t exist, we wouldn’t either. As for who opens, we have lots of friends in other bands. Fraktions are particularly dear to us.
From previous Band of the Day Ruben Hultman: What phase of the creation process do you find most difficult and how do you cope with that?
Arrangement can be very very hard. Somehow, the first song we wrote ended up turning into a 10 minute epic which took us months to finalise. And there is no magic trick to it, which is the annoying thing. It’s pretty much always going to be a process of trial and error, especially as we tend to stray from verse/chorus style structuring.
And from Serpent Lord: Do you think there must be a limit for musicians when it comes to defining, or even changing their style/genre?
I’d say say no. You can’t tell an artist what to do at the end of the day, and an artist has every right to pursue whatever sort of music they want to so long as they are staying true themselves. As long as it’s genuine, do whatever you want, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Sure, there are bands who changed their sound into something I’m not really interested in anymore, but that’s fine. I can just stick to listening to that instead. No one really loses out.
And from Muscular Child: Dave Grohl, Mick Jagger, Prince – Who would you kiss, who would you marry and who would you kill?
Kill Mick Jagger, kiss Prince and marry Dave Grohl.
Premonition is out now