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Razor Crusade

Interview von: arne mit Razor Crusade, am: 14.06.2004 ]

Razor Crusade aus Arnheim fallen in die Kategorie von Band, die einfach rotzfrech und verdammt versiert all das zusammen führt, was die eigenen Roots hergeben. Das Debüt "Infinite Water" ensteht aus Elementen von Hardcore, Noise, Heavy Rock, Alternative, Indie und auch ein wenig Emo, und ist ein klangintensiver, voller Silberling, den man schon als progressiv bezeichnen muss.

 

Musicscan: An Bands festgemacht, kommen mir Quicksand, Helmet, Snapcase und ältere BoySetsFire in den Sinn, aber Razor Crusade verbleiben niemals als Plagiat einer dieser Größen. Ihr Sound ist stetig in Bewegung, oftmals schön heavy, an anderer Stelle hingegen auch zutiefst einängig, einfach schön. Wenn man die zwölf Songs hört, mag man gar nicht glauben, dass der Hauptteil der Stücke bereits geschrieben war, als mit Ivo ein neuer Sänger/Shouter zur Band stieß. Dieser gibt einen sehr überzeugenden, ausdrucksstarken Einstand, singt er doch ebenso stark wie er an anderer Stelle schreit. "Infinite Water" gefällt mir auch deshalb so gut, weil es Razor Crusade scheinbar spielend schaffen, aus den vielfältigen verwendeten Elementen, immer die perfekt passenden zu kombinieren. Noch dazu ist das Album auch recht komplex strukturiert und mit jedem weiteren Durchlauf entdeckt man neue Feinheiten.

Musicscan: Give our readers a short briefing about Razor Crusade at first, please. Does it feel good to be back with a new record?

Razor Crusade: It feels great having a new record out and be playing out often again. We love the new songs, as a band we are feeling one oiled machine so everything is great.

Musicscan: What happend to you since "Are You Wired" was released? Have there been some highlights you want to tell us about?

Razor Crusade: Ofcourse the most important happening was that our singer quit, one monthe before we were to enter the studio to record INFINITE WATER. Luckily for us we found Ivo within a week, and we are siked to have him in the band. He’s an amazing singer and musician. Other highlights were ofcourse playing the UK with The Hope Conspiracy, who are one of our favourite bands.

Musicscan: What kind of feedback you got on "Are You Wired"? Did press and people like it? What's your own opinion about the record out of todays point of view? You progressed a lot since you released it...

Razor Crusade: The feedback we got on Are You Wired was overwhelming. It got amazing reviews and kids seemed really into it. It opened some doors for us. Looking back on I still love it, it sounds like a raw and unpolished and more hardcore version of INFINITE WATER in my eyes.

Musicscan: This time you are back with "Infinite Water" - What would you say is the biggest difference between both of your records?

Razor Crusade: I guess the most obvious difference is the singer. Ivo is a great singer and isn’t limited to just screaming. Another difference is we added a greater palet of influences, Are You Wired already had some indy and metal influences, on INFINITE WATER we were able to go deeper into them and go all out and do crazy stuff like we did.

Musicscan: I'm interested in how you came up with records title, cause I think it really sums up what the listener gets with this record. What's the idea behind this title?

Musicscan: Do you guys feel that the new record is a pretty good representation of bands sounding as of right now?

Razor Crusade: At the moment INFINITE WATER is great representation of where we stand. It has all the key elements for our sound in the future. From here on we can go more metal, more melodic, more indy, more hardcore, more noisy or more electronic. I feel we can do whatever we want on the next record and still sound like razor crusade.

Musicscan: When you were writing the songs did you have certain issues you specifically wanted to address? How did you go about writing your songs?

Razor Crusade: There weren’t really issues, but there was a general feeling we wanted to capture. Living in Holland means rain everyday, water everywhere, grey skies, endless fields of grass and cows. It’s horrible but still our home. And all the personal issues of our singer are set against that background, which in my eyes gives the songs a greater meaning.

Musicscan: Were there any difficulties or obstacles during the songwriting process?

Razor Crusade: At the moment we thought things were going pretty easy, but looking back we realised we must’ve written almost 30 songs, of which only 12 made the record. We worked extremely hard and the biggest obstacle we ran into was songs sounding too cheesy, too standard or too much like other bands haha.

Musicscan: When you produced the record, did you only think about the NOW or was it also important to you what you yourself will think about it in a couple of years? What kind of feelings you get out of the record?

Razor Crusade: Most important was the NOW. We wanted to create a record which wouldn’t bore us while making, or after three spins. But it was also important to be able to look back on this record and to still be proud. It think INFINITE WATER sounds somewhat timeless, and still will after a couple of years. I hope so.

Musicscan: For the new record i think you have managed to be more focused as well as being more controlled this time. Would you agree?

Razor Crusade: Yes absolutely! We have learned how to control our energy and focus on just great song or riff writing. Also for the first time we were able to actually think about all the different aspects that make a great record. A lot of thought went into this album, but I think we were able to maintain the energy and urge that hardcore bands are supposed to have.

Musicscan: The new album covers a lot of bases - there's something for everyone from indie/alternative to hardcore. Were you going for a more inclusive approach or is it a result of your own diverse musical interests?

Razor Crusade: It’s defenitly a result of our own musical interests. Upon starting this band we agreed no formula or musical genre was gonna hold us down. In Razor Crusade we are able to do whatever the hell we want and sound however the hell we want. All of us love so many different kind of bands it would be a shame not to let those influences take part.

Musicscan: I like to think your band is in need of open minded listeners. What kind of people you get while being on tour?

Razor Crusade: Hopefully we will get a little of every crowd. I hope we appeal to metal kids, hardcore kids, indy kids and gust music lovers in general. In Holland we play for a very diverse crowd who seem really interested in our music. We hope to get that on tour as well. But most importantly we hope to get kids who dance, stagedive and singalong since that’s such an important part of hardcore and the energy that’s in our songs.

Musicscan: What bands do you consider to be truly inspiring to you?

Razor Crusade: I’ll answer this question for me: The Beach Boys- pet sounds, Snapcase- lookingglasself, Van Halen- 1, Quicksand- slip and manic compression, Bad Brains- all the old stuff, Helmet- everything, dEUS- Worst Case Scenario, Glassjaw- Worship and Tribute, Motley Crue- Too Fast For Love, Sonic Youth- everything, Archers Of Loaf- everything, Judge- Bringin it down, Madball- Set It Off. All these records can really get me bummed about making great music. Why bother?

Musicscan: what are your thoughts on how this alternative/emo/hardcore/metalcore underground-thing is getting more big-time these days? Do you feel like having better chances today? maybe ion comparism to the bands you have been in in the past...

Razor Crusade: I don’t wanna think about changes or whatever, since this is not a competition or whatever. We just wanna think about writing great music. But we do feel the time is getting better for bands with our sound, or just loud bands in general. I feel people taking hard music more seriously, finally. And that’s great for us because we just wanna play out a lot.

Musicscan: There are lot of bands out there these days mixing elements of alternative and hardcore. What makes Razor Crusade stand out?

Razor Crusade: The fact we don’t sound cheesy or corny. Or whiny.

Musicscan: Do you feel like being limited in some ways, cause you are a band from the Netherlands? I mean, too many people still pay more attention to the big bands from the states...

Razor Crusade: Yeah that sucks. But on the other hand… we just hope great music won’t go unnoticed. The Netherlands has great bands that do well all over Europe, like The Gathering, Within Temptation, Tiesto or Downslide. But yeah, I think not too many European bands get the attention they deserve. The Robokop Kraus should be huge all over the world.

Musicscan: Is there something you miss within todays underground-punk/hc scene? I often miss passion and originality....

Razor Crusade: I defenitly miss originality. Too many bands not interested in playing their instrument, but more concerned with copying the way american bands sound and look. I wish more band would try and develop and own sound, instead of just playin stupid carbon copy music, and trying to rehash something that was never there. I love hardcore, and especcially oldschool, and none of the old bands sounded exactly alike, while all the bands these days sound exactly the same. This is especially in Europe I think. If only kids would just try and learn to play there instrument. But at the same time I think this a great band comes up and blows everything away. Just go see Deadstop.

Musicscan: What is the driving force making you create music? What is your attitude concerning Razor Crusade in general?

Razor Crusade: Our attitude is to just rock out. We just wanna rock. And I guess that’s our driving force as well. We wanna rock and not be bored with rocking.

Musicscan: Are the lyrics equally important to the music and do all band members identify with them?

Razor Crusade: They are important in the sense they are an extra instrument. We identify in the way that the images the lyrics create fit to the images and feelings we wanna create with the music.

Musicscan: If you could put together a tour package featuring Razor Crusade and any three other bands of your choice, who would it be and why?

Razor Crusade: I picked these three bands because I could never imagine getting bored with seeing these bands every night, and hopefully I might learn something: The Beach Boys, Underdog and Deadstop.

Musicscan: Your biggest wish to happen for the band?

Razor Crusade: Getting free food everyday.

Musicscan: anything left you want to say?

Razor Crusade: A guitar has 6 strings. Use them.

Musicscan: Wir verlosen 3x das aktuelle Razor Crusade Album "Infinite Water". Wer gewinnen will, schreibt bitte eine Mail mit dem Betreff “Razor Crusade“ an info@music-scan.de - Viel Glück!!

 
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