Musicscan: Give us a quick introduction, please. Who does what in the band? And a
Clarity Process: steven - vocals, zach - guitar, jeff - bass, josh -
drums, kris - keyboards. we have been together about two years although
we have gone through a few line-up changes.
Musicscan: What was the original goal (or reason) for the formation of Clarity
Clarity Process: we wanted to make art. we wanted to do something that matters
and makes people feel something.
Musicscan: How did you come up with the band name Clarity Process? Is it a metaphor
or a representation for something specific?
Clarity Process: it means something
different to all of us. however, on some level for each of us, it has
to do with what music does for us and what we want it to do.
Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on "Killing
Clarity Process: we believe that we made an album that attacks a lot of
important issues. we are also very proud of it because we did it on our
own terms and worked very hard to make sure it showcased our potential
at this point as musicians. there was a lot of growth that took place
musically between our last album and this one.
Musicscan: When did you feel that Clarity Process got its first big break? The word
on your band spread quiete quickly within the underground I would
Clarity Process: things started going well for us as soon as we started touring. the
support from rise records helped us out a bit as well.
Musicscan: What about the mass of post-hardcore music that's been flooding the
independent scene lately? What are your thoughts on it?
Clarity Process: we think that
the market is becoming over-saturated and, as a result, the music is
being watered down and manufactured. that is why we really tried to
stay away from the chugga chugga breakdowns and you won't hear much
screaming on this record either. we are trying to steer clear of that
Musicscan: How does the band feel about the viability of having post-hardcore
become the 'new' thing in music? What makes Clarity Process stand out?
Clarity Process: that is anyone's guess i suppose. hopefully, we made a record that will
make people think and feel something. that is all we can hope for.
Musicscan: Was it different writing this album, now that you are more skilled with
your instruments and have been touring a lot?
Clarity Process: definitely. we really
grew a lot and worked very hard to become better as individual
musicians and as a band.
Musicscan: There's a pretty significant difference between your debut and "Killing
The Precedent". To what do you attribute that change?
Clarity Process: a lot of practice
and hard work.
Musicscan: What does it take to write a particular Clarity Process song and how do
you go about writing your songs in general?
Clarity Process: generally, zach writes a
guitar part and we write the song collectively using that as a starting
point. i (steven) usually have lyrics written and i find a way to make
them fit within a melody.
Musicscan: If you would summarise the message and atmosphere of Clarity Process'
music in one sentence. what would it be?
Clarity Process: we're not sure it can be
summed up in one sentence.
Musicscan: How did the recording go for this album? Did it turn out the way the
Clarity Process: yeah. we got to do it ourselves for the most part. so we
had a lot of freedom. however, we are never really satisfied as
musicians, so the songs are constantly evolving.
Musicscan: I don't have access to any lyrics in my promo copy of the CD, so could
you explain who writes what and what sort of themes the band chooses to
Clarity Process: i (steven) write the lyrics and they range in topics from
politics, commercialism, and capitalism to death, relationships, and
Musicscan: What would you like listeners to get out of the album as a whole?
Clarity Process: we
hope they have a reaction to it. we hope it makes people feel something
or have some emotional response. we hope that people might think about
topics they haven't explored before as well.
Musicscan: Your biggest wish to happen for bands future?
Clarity Process: we just hope to get our
music out there to as many people as possible.