OCTOBER 4, 2016

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Much like DALI VAN GOGH on the previous edition of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES, CRAWL is another Canadian hard rock band that has come back with a fine new release but the story here is one that spans decades and some startling changes in the music industry. In the early nineties CRAWL hit it big in Canada with the release of two albums 300 YARDS OF FACE and FEED which featured singles STORM, DRY and NOT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. The first of these two singles ended up earning nominations for the MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARD ( Canada's version of the MTV MUSIC AWARDS) for BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE in 1994 and 1995 respectively. When ROCKWIRED took notice of these guys, the band had reformed with bassist SCOTT CLARK, guitarist STUART GREEN and drummer TOM GRONDIN taking over the creative reins while new vocalist MICHAEL DAVID WOLF was front and center on the 2014 EP release ANTICIPATE THE FALL. Now the band is back with THE CROCKFORD FILES - a five song collection of the sort of blistering rock n roll that we've come to expect from CRAWL as evidenced by the tracks MINE and DEAD.

ROCKWIRED had the chance to get reacquainted with guitarist STUART GREEN and spoke to him regarding the new EP. Here is how the interview went.

You guys are back with this new EP THE CROCKFORD FILES. What inspired this set of songs?When we spoke before a couple of years ago we had just reformed the band and after the release of the EP ANTICPATING THE FALL we had a   bunch of energy that we needed to get out of our collective systems. On that last EP what you heard was a very  visceral and more aggressive approach to our sound. This time around the approach that we took wasn't much different in terms of how we wrote the songs. What changed this time around   was that we were more comfortable together as a band and our lead singer MIKE had some time to adjust to the way that TOM, SCOTT and I play together.  I think this set of songs is more in keeping with the old style and approach of CRAWL. We've always had a darker side to us even going back to our earliest material. Even in the early nineties we tended to steer a bit darker  so that is kind of the approach we took with this album. The songs are a bit slower and a bit heavier. The other thing that changed this time around from the 2014 release is that SCOTT and I started experimenting with different instruments. I went out and bought a seven string guitar because you can never have too many strings on a guitar and SCOTTY got a five string bass that we ended up doing a lot of writing with in a whole different key signature. Two of the sons - HEAVY RAIN and DEAD - are both written in that lower key which gives them a darker and thicker sound. The firs song on the EP is an old groove track that would go back to the sound that we had going on in the mid nineties whereas DEAD and HEAVY RAIN demonstrate a sound that we've never had before because we've never experimented with that kind of sound before. The last couple of songs on the album were originally on the FEED CD which came out in 1995 but I wasn't on those recordings and neither was MIKE so we thought it would be fun to play around with those songs. It was fun to see what could be done with these songs that were written by only half the band members of CRAWL. So MIKE and I put our spin on it. That is where SMOTHER MARY and  BANGLADESH come from. That's kind of an overview of the whole EP. It's a little bit of old and a little bit of new. It shows the maturing of the band  getting more comfortable playing as unit again after being away for a few years.

What the hell do you tune a seventh string?
It's a low B. It's your seventh and lowest string.

I guess that would make your sound darker.
It's lower and heavier and the two songs on the EP really come across that way. With a lower end sound like that, it can really influence the way that you write. The more lower strings you put on a guitar the heavier the sound gets.

Who all helped you guys behind the recording console. Was it just you guys?
We tried out anew studio this time. We went to a studio in the suburb of Toronto called Scarborough and we recorded with a guy named SEAN GREGORY. He was great. He's a drummer by trade and he really appreciates good, big, thick drum sounds and he really appreciates capturing the sound of a room and making sure that it echoes and booms the way that a room should. SEAN was great in terms of the engineering side. The production end of it was mostly us. SEAN  had a few ideas that he shared and some of them we incorporated  and that is what you are hearing on this EP.

A lot of the bands that come ROCKWIRED's way come from this current music environment we have which is entirely digital and entirely independent and without record labels. But CRAWL comes from a very different era. You guys came from the early nineties when fifteen percent of an album went a little further. So talk about the difference in how CRAWL survives as a musical entity now as opposed to back in those halcyon days.
Back in the nineties we had agents that had to be paid and we had record companies and publishing companies knocking on our door and promising us the world. That was how we came through the scene the first time around. When we reformed a few years ago, the world had changed dramatically in terms of how music gets out there. Online publications like your own have allowed our music to get out to way more people. It was easy for us to adapt to this new world. We are all sort of fortunate to come from a place where we understood social media  and we understood digital media in general. It's an interesting place for us to be. I don't think that we were caught too off guard by the changes. All that really changed for us was  how we went about promoting ourselves. A lot of that is done independently now. You don't see a lot of major label stuff anymore. You just see a lot of independent bands making all of these incredible strides on their own. They know how to use social media and not have to worrying paying their fifteen percent back to a label. Back then, it was nice to have that support that allowed you to record in a nice studio with DAVE GROHL producing your album but the reality of now is that the technology has gotten to the point where you can record at a fraction of the cost and still have something sound good in the end that can be released on your own. You can do all of it on your own if you've got a little bit of computer knowledge.

And when you guys hit the road who comes out to see you? Is it mostly the old fans or are there new fans?
It's a mix. We play a lot in Southern Ontario between Windsor and Toronto right up to Ottawa and Montreal. When we play there a good number of people who come out because they remember hearing the album 300 YARDS OF FACE twenty years ago or seeing our videos on MUCH MUSIC. When we play in a town like Windsor we get a lot of support from the very same crowds who supported us back in the day which is great and some of them bring their kids who are fans of the newer stuff.  It all depends on where we're playing. We opened for POP EVIL a few weeks ago and that exposed to a whole group of people who had never heard of us at all. They were quick to buy up the new CD and we got a lot of positive feedback that way. Now they are going back discovering some the old stuff that we did. We're happy to have fans no matter how they come to us.

How is everyone else in the band holding up since the last time I spoke with you?
It's been interesting. Life is very different for us now. We've got guys in the band who have kids and some of us have wives and girlfriends and live s and careers. Things are going pretty well but music is our passion. It's what we always want to do well at and we just want to keep our creative juices flowing. I think everyone is really in a good place in terms of what we're doing and how the material is coming together but it's different for guys who are doing this in their forties as opposed to guys who are doing this thing in their twenties.

From the EP, what songs stand out for you the most. What songs have you the most excited to get people to hear and why?
I don't wanna pick favorites. It's like asking who your favorite child is. I think every song has it's own unique place. My personal favorite is the track DEAD. When we were working on that one I really like the way that it came together. Like some of our better songs it came together quickly. This song is in that low B tuning and it's in a 6/8 timing. It's a little complex but it's got a great melodic hook. It's heavy and it's a bit different and I thin it is a song that really showcases the proficiency and the heaviness of the band. 

Where will the road take you with this album? Or where has it taken you?
We did a CD release in Windsor and we played in Toronto with POP EVIL. We played a few shows with PRONG back in May. We're really going to be pushing this thing in the Fall and early Winter. We are going to be doing a lot more live shows. This Summer has been busy for everyone in the band and we've played as many shows as we could but we are now looking forward to doing more. We always like to play with other bands that on the scale of bands like PRONG or POP EVIL. Anytime that we can get in front of bands like that  we win new fans and that is one of the areas that we really try to focus on. 

And with this EP behind you  in a sense what is next for you musically?
We're always trying to come up with new material. At one of the last shows we played we promised that we would have some new material so we're going to have to get our act together and get some new songs written. We're one of those bands that really just likes to write and perform. We don't like doing it just for ourselves and the benefit of a studio. we really want to get out there in front of people. We'll just keep writing and perfecting out performance so that when we do play live we kick maximum ass. That is really what we want to do at the end of the day.






http://www.rockwired.com/brian.JPG BRiAN LUSH (FOUNDER, EDiTOR-iN-CHiEF)
Brian Lush is a music industry professional and entrepreneur. In 2005 he launched the online music site Rockwired.com to help promote new music artists in conjunction with the weekly radio show Rockwired Live which aired on KTSTFM.COM from 2005 - 2009. In 2010 He launched the daily podcast series Rockwired Radio Profiles which features exclusive interviews and music. He has also developed and produced the online radio shows Jazzed and Blue - Profiles in Blues and Jazz, Aboriginal Sounds - A Celebration of American Indian and First Nations Music, The Rockwired Rock N Roll Mixtape Show and The Rockwired Artist of the Month Showcase. In 2012, Brian Lush and his company Rockwired Media LLC launched the monthly digital online magazine Brian Lush's Rockwired (formerly Rockwired Magazine). The magazine attracts over 75,000 readers a month and shows no signs of stopping. Brian Lush's Rockwired also bares the distinction of being the first American Indian-owned rock magazine. Brian Lush is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Brian Lush's background in music journalism, radio and podcast hosting, podcast production, web design, publicity, advertising sales, social media and online marketing, strategic editorial planning and branding have all made Rockwired a name that is trusted and respected throughout the independent music industry.

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