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Clarity Process

Interview von: arne mit Steven, am: 08.03.2005 ]

“Killing The Precedent“ von Clarity Process aus Portland, Oregon ist eine spannende und unterhaltsame Post- Hardcore- Scheibe. Sofern die Jungs auch bald den Live-Support in Europa antreten, sollten sie schnell breit etabliert sein, denn die Mischung Thrice, At The Drive-In, Blood Brothers und Thursday funktioniert treffsicher.


Musicscan: Give us a quick introduction, please. Who does what in the band? And a brief history.

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 Process?

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 The Precedent"?

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 say.

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 scene.

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 band expected?

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 deal with?

Clarity Process: i (steven) write the lyrics and they range in topics from politics, commercialism, and capitalism to death, relationships, and sex.

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.

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