CROWFLY

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Hi Brandon thanks for taking time out to do this interview with me for themetalreview.com I was just listening to Losing Our Fear, there’s a deep message that many can relate to on this track. The lyrics can be interpreted into almost anyone’s lives. Was this deliberate, or did the overall vibe just lead you naturally to create such a universal track?

Hey Andy, sure. The band basically formed out of a side project, believe it or not. Something we just started messing out with, with some members of another band. We started putting songs together, and we realised that hey, let’s make this a full time project and not just a side project. We’ve all played in bands in the past, but this one we all have the same vision, all heading in the same direction, and we know where we want the band to go. So it’s really a little bit more than what we’ve done in the past, but it’s well worth it, absolutely.

It truly is a fantastic song to debut on the scene with. I know yourself and Davey have been lifelong friends and have been in bands together for quite some time, does this help the creative writing, in that you both know what the other is thinking?
That’s a great question, really. The song kinda just originated and wrote itself. It’s one of those times when you have a thought in your head. When I sat down to write that song, it was almost like I was somewhere else at the time. There are actually no drugs involved I swear haha. It was just one of those things that naturally came to me. It was a feeling, the music itself gave me a feeling, and I just wrote to that feeling. It was interesting because, I think we’ve all been there. We felt like that. It’s a very good point that you bring up, that it is a universal, I think everyone can take something from that song, no matter what particular part of song it is, they can relate to it. That’s really what the goal is, to write songs that people can relate to, or inspire them in some way, even if it’s not exactly what I had in mind when the song was written.
That’s probably where most bands go wrong I guess, there’s no gelling time as friends before becoming what is essentially business partners in a band.
What styles of music inspire you? On the Losing Our Fear I can hear some influences but still find it original and fresh. Your sound is not typically American, it’s got more of an European crossover edge to it.
Yes Andy it absolutely does. Davey and I have known each other since we were probably five or six years old. We’ve friends up together so you start knowing what the other is thinking, what the next word is he’s going to say and things like that. So in song writing, it’s kinda nice that in a way, we can do that musically. At the same time it’s also good to have a third party to be in there because we sometimes think too much alike, we don’t every song to start being the product of a one track mind, if you will. It definitely helps during the creative process for sure, when it comes to sitting down with two acoustic guitars and saying “hey let’s come up with something” it doesn’t take us long to come up with some type of idea, that we can use to eventually turn into a song. It helps a lot, it creates that chemistry, and without that chemistry I think a lot of bands struggle, because there’s too many different hands in the pot. You want to have a little bit of a difference, but you also want to all be going in the same direction. It certainly helps yes.
Is the American Rock/ Metal scene still alive, or is it becoming like UK? By this I mean too many venues, tours and bands. Same bands playing the same clubs all the time?
Yes Andy, actually a lot of my influences are very European, bands like Him, 69 Eyes and Muse and some of the more obscure bands over here I guess, but, Davey’s influences range from Avenge Sevenfold, Guns And Roses , Bullet for my Valentine. So we have a pretty broad spectrum. I’ve always thought we have a somewhat of a European sound, and that’s definitely one of the markets we want to get into. I think the music will go over really well overseas. Of course, we want it to go down well here also, but it’s funny that you mention that because there’s definitely some European influences there, especially on my end of things. I guess that tends to bleed into it, but I think it does give it a very original sound. Obviously we’re not reinventing the wheel here, this is Rock n Roll and it’s always been Rock n Roll. You still want to have a fresh sound, you don’t want to sound too much like someone else and then you don’t want to be so far off the map, that no one can understand what the heck you are doing. You want to find that fine line there, and just make things digestible, and at the same time original and fresh. Definitely some European influences there for sure.
Crowfly’s sound will definitely appeal to a wide spectrum of music lovers, I’m sure it will be very well appreciated here in Europe. I know you guys are working on two new tracks right now, which sound awesome, even in their raw demo instrumental  format.
When can we expect to hear more tunes, an EP or even an album?
Well I wouldn’t say that the Rock/Metal scene is dead, it’s become saturated in a way. I think that there’s a lot of Metal bands over here. Way more so than Rock and Alternative, I think if we break it up into Metal versus Rock I would have to say yes. The Metal scene here is very saturated. There’s s lot of artists that still striving to be successful in that scene, but I think the market for that scene is dwindling pretty fast. If you are not already a successful Metal or Hardcore band then your chances are pretty slim. It’s getting to be that way a lot. On the other hand, the Rock scene or the Hard Rock scene, Alternative Rock there’s still a market for that stuff, because you can go multi-genre in that sense. Rock bands can write songs that can be played on Top 40 or Country stations, Rock stations, Alternative stations even a Pop station. So you really have to think about this when you’re writing songs, you want to be able to relate to a large group of people, and not just a very niche market. I think the niche market bands are going to struggle a lot these days. I think there’s always going to be people that want to hear Rock/Hard Rock and Metal. There’s always going to be a Scene for that. Is it as big as it once was? No of course not. Pop, Country? R&B, Dance, Electronic all those avenues of music have really been successful in the past few years, and that trend will probably stay there, in my humble opinion for quite a while. I don’t think that means there’s no room for Rock and Metal bands or up and coming artists to make a living in the music world and be successful. I think a lot of that has to do with being original, and not sounding like the band that went on stage before you or the one that’s going to follow you. It’s finding that identity and really setting yourself apart that’s going to make you stand out. I think in order to be successful you have to do that in this day and age.
I totally agree, variety is the spice of life. That’s a lot of work in the short period of time Crowfly has been together. Do you plan everything in advance? I’m sure a record deal will be a done deal soon, or have you not thought about that yet and plan on releasing the EP by yourselves as many bands opt to do these days?
Thank you Andy. Yes we have the full EP which will probably be five songs. We’re going to try and wrap that up by the end of March. So hopefully around beginning of April we will have the EP finished and all those tracks will be ready to go. We tried to make the EP diverse, in a sense that we show the Hard Rock side and we do some ballad stuff like we were just talking about. That can cross different genres, different markets. We tried to break it up a little bit. I think it’ll work well that way, I don’t think we should have just one sound that says ” hey this is who we are, like it or don’t like it”. That’s not necessarily the best attitude to take. So if we try some different things, a little diversity, but still have that same brand or identity even though it’s a different sounding song, people can still say “hey that’s Crowfly”. Kind of brand ourselves in that way. Hopefully by the beginning of April we should have that finished and ready to get that stuff out there, get ready to Rock.
I’m sure that your single will do well in Europe and Scandinavia. The market needs something like Crowfly. With all of the festivals over here I’m sure you’ll go down well. It’s been a pleasure to talk to you Brandon, it’s been very interesting  to get the lowdown on how a band can gel together in such a short space of time, and yet be totally focuses on the whole concept of what Crowfly is doing and will be doing in the near future. I wish you all the best for the future and I look forward to hearing the EP and hopefully reviewing it soon. Thanks for your time.
Thank you very much Andy, it’s been a pleasure really. Thank you for your support and doing the things that you do. It really helps us get the stuff out there a lot. The European market is going to be something good for us, so I’d love to get over there and see how this music performs when we do. Thank you once again, hopefully we’ll talk to you again soon. Thank you.