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 werent 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. Its 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 mustve 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
Razor Crusade: Most important was the NOW. We wanted to create a record which wouldnt 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
Razor Crusade: Its 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 thats such an important part of hardcore and the energy thats in our songs.
Musicscan: What bands do you consider to be truly inspiring to you?
Razor Crusade: Ill 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 dont 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 thats 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 dont 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 wont 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 thats 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - Viel Glück!!