Q & A With Chris West Of Crawling For Carrion

Q & A With Chris West Of Crawling For Carrion
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Chris: Well, Crawling for Carrion is a brand new project. Rake and Roads is the first release under that name and comes out 9th November. Its 2 cover songs – Rake by Townes Van Zandt and Roads by Portishead, both done in a heavier sludgy style. I have plans to do more similar releases in the future but the next thing I’m working on after this is an ambient album which I’m halfway through writing.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Chris: Its not a band in the traditional sense but I started working on the arrangement for Rake sometime last year and Roads earlier this year. I asked various friends I’d met from bands over the years to help out with vocals, drums etc. The songs came together over some time and were not recorded in single sessions.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Chris: I’ve played in bands and written music for years. The first time I heard the sound of a distorted guitar in person in my early teens was a really powerful experience. I think I’ve been trying to re-capture that feeling since then.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Chris: I played in some metal bands back home in my teens and early 20s. In the mid 00s me and some friends started Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight. Over time we got involved in the stoner/doom/sludge scene and I ended up playing in a bunch of other bands through that; Stubb, Groan, Landskap, Named by the Sun and recently Glanville. Over that time I’ve always been writing my own music or working on my own projects. I started Crawling recently to have a proper outlet for those personal projects.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Chris: I’m guess I’m not sure with these songs, I don’t think there’s much of an ‘image’. I just had the two very melancholy songs I really liked and knew they would work with a heavier re-interpretation.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Chris: I have several music projects waiting for when I have time to work on them. My plan is to just make my way through finishing writing, recording and releasing those pieces of music.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Chris: Continue to write, record and release music. Earn a living. Sort out a more convenient space for work. I’d like to experiment more with videos and animation as well.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Chris: Writing and recording. I do enjoy playing live with other bands but this whole thing is about taking the time to make everything just right and how I want it to sound.
Crawling for Carrion XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Chris: Heavy music has a certain weight (the clue is in the name) and size to it. There are several repeating themes with most of the music I’m working on under Crawling for Carrion. I’m interested in exploring what that weight is and what it means to me. Sometimes its deeply personal, isolationist, and alone. Sometimes its about perspective and scale, the self and the universe. Rake and Roads is the former. It’s mournful and somber. I tried to add weight with the arrangements and instrumentation.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Chris: Alas not. I’ve done a small amount of touring with previous bands Trippy Wicked, Stubb and Groan. I don’t think there was anything too crazy beyond the usual. You do find yourself in some interesting situations at times and it is a hell of a lot of fun.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Chris: Nothing too out there. An old band was asked to play a wedding but that didn’t work out. I haven’t been asked to double fist anyone. Yet.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Chris: Yeah, there was always cool music playing at home and a couple of relatives play guitar so it was an easy sell. They weren’t into the super extreme stuff but understood where it was coming from.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Chris: Probably AC/DC. I got different inspiration from different bands and musicians but AC/DC just have that hard working good time vibe and that’s what performing is to me.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Chris: It’s tough to narrow it down to a sensible amount of bands. It would be a terrible mix but I’d probably go with… AC/DC for the rockin’ good time, WASP for the show and Morphine for the vibes.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Chris: Managing to corral my friends and get these songs recorded.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Chris: I did over 16 years in a corporate environment and over half that was in IT. Coding and web development has some interesting parts to it but I wasn’t a good match for a big company. Right now… I have no idea what I would do to be honest. Probably enough odd jobs to scrape by and keep enough time for music.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Chris: I think it’s fucking awesome. It seems that more and more people are playing music. The opportunity to learn and play music should be available to everyone, and playing with other musicians should be experienced by as many people as possible.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Chris: For my entire life people have been surprised I’m not into drugs.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Chris: Slow, heavy, melancholy, introspective.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Chris: If you like the music, that’s all that matters. If you’re interested in checking it out then please head to www.gigantorecords.com for full details and I hope you enjoy what you hear.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Chris: It’s my pleasure, thanks for the questions.
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