36 Crazyfists are about to drop their seventh full-album, Lanterns, at the end of this month. I was lucky to get a listen and you can check out my review here http://shockwavemagazine.com/36-crazyfists-lanterns/. Ahead of the new album release, vocalist Brock Lindow gave us some of his time to answer some questions. Check them out below!
Shockwave: Congratulations on the new album! It’s been a long road for 36 Crazyfists; this is now your 23rd year! You must have achieved a lot as a band over that time. Is there anything you still want to accomplish?
Brock Lindow: Thanks, it’s been quite the journey to say the least. We really enjoy seeing the world and we haven’t seen the entire thing yet, so that is what I’d like to see continue to get accomplished.
Do you have any regrets, or is there anything you would have done differently?
Na not really, I mean was it done perfectly, absolutely not but those wrong turns were definitely learning experiences.
23 years as a band is a pretty long time. What inspires you to keep going? Have you ever had moments where you no longer wanted to produce new music?
Just like anything it has its bad days, but overall this is the coolest job in the world and I’m grateful for all we have been able to do because of this band. It’s still a wonderful time with my brothers so until it stops being fun we are gonna roll it ’til the wheels fall off.
You’re from Anchorage in Alaska. That sounds like a pretty remote place. How was it growing up there? Did you have much of a music scene?
It’s isolated in a sense that we are a little disconnected to the rest of the states, but it’s still a city that is vining on current culture and there is a nice buzz as far as entertainment goes. The local art and music scene is very much supported by the locals.
Apparently (amongst a lot of cool things to do there) Alaska is the best place on the planet to stargaze. Have you ever seen the Aurora Borealis? It’s my dream to see it with my own eyes one day.
Absolutely I’ve seen the Northern Lights many times in my life. It’s a beautiful thing.
I read up that in Anchorage, several people have been stomped by retaliatory moose. Have you ever had to fight a moose?
For the most part moose are pretty scared of us, but like any animal, you get near its babies, you need to be on high alert. I have luckily not been in a face to face moment with those big animals.
Was being in a band something you always wanted to do? Did you ever expect to be where you are now with 36 Crazyfists?
I saw Metallica in ’89 and after that I was pretty much putting everything in motion to start my own band. I don’t know if I thought 36 would have this long wild career but I have [been] very focused on this for many years, so in a sense it was always the plan.
What do you think you’d be doing now if 36 Crazyfists had never existed?
Well possibly involved in hockey in some form; it was a huge part of my life and probably now my career would have been long over, but maybe I’d be coaching or scouting young players.
So you’re about to release your seventh full-length album, Lanterns. How are you feeling about it?
Feeling great, excited to release her into the wild. Another chapter in the life of our band. We are grateful to be able to still be doing this.
How does the new album musically compare to previous albums?
It has its own life, its own voice. It has its signature 36 moves in it as well, but it’s also breaking new ground with its raw elements. Two acoustic tracks that are pretty bare bones and some moody dark tones to encompass the entire vibe of the album.
The first song you shared from the new album was “Death Eater.” It’s an epic track. Why did you chose this song?
We like to come out and kick the doors in so to speak and we just felt that “Death Eater” was a good way to set the tone.
You’ve also recently released “Better to Burn.” What has the reaction been like to these new tracks?
Seems very positive, I believe our fans are stoked on the jams so far.
This is your 2nd album release with Spinefarm Records now. How has it been working with them? Have they directed you any differently to previous labels?
We dig all the Spinefarm people and working with them has been pretty great. We feel a sense of belonging there and that’s ultimately what you want from the label side, people that genuinely care about the band.
The lyrics seem to be very personal to you. Is that your way of dealing with certain situations in your life?
It’s the only way I deal with my life; I write this way to get it out, let it free, bare it all in my own vague poetic way. I’ve learned more than once that while you are battling your dark moments it’s very important to feel it all, to expose the situation and live it, breathe it. That’s how I have moved forward and found closure in my life.
I know every artist has their own way of finding inspiration for their writing; some go for long walks, others sit in dark rooms. Do you have a particular writing process? Is there somewhere special you go to zone out?
I like being on the ocean, staring at the Alaskan mountain ranges, smelling that glacier air. I feel most comfortable baring my soul in those Alaskan elements.
Let’s talk a little about your visits to the UK! How do you find it touring here? How do your UK fans compare to others?
Hands down the U.K. has always been amazing to us. We love it there and can’t wait to come back.
You’ve played Download festival a few times now. Apart from being wet and muddy, do you find UK festivals are different to those in the US?
I’d say the fests over in the U.K. and Europe are far superior to the ones here in the states. Although we don’t get invited much to US ones 🙁
Are there any British bands that you follow?
I dig Architects and Gallows, Frank Carter, and we have always been great friends with Bullet for my Valentine. I’m sure there is plenty more that I can’t think of right now.
Are there any other awesome Alaskan bands we should know about?
Over the years you must have come across some strange things as a band. What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you?
“You sound like you’re from the south.”
Lastly, what’s next for 36 Crazyfists? Can we expect a big tour for this new album?
We are out supporting now and will be for a year, so yeah that’s what is on the calendar now.
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions. Good luck with the album release and I hope to see you guys back in the UK very soon!
Thanks for the support!