We chat to the industrial metal band
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Richard Cranor, I’m the lead singer of the industrial metal band FleischKrieg. We got Thomass Crawford on guitars, Kaylie Cortez (NUDA) on synths and Nick Mason on drums. I did a lot of the initial songwriting/arranging on our first album “Herzblut”, with Thomass helping. We’re not German, but we got a German name cause we love the Neue Deutsche Härte sound.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?
“Herzblut” is the title of the album, it came from a conversation with a German friend of ours who used this word in one of our interviews. The literal translation is “Heart’s Blood” but it basically means “life’s work”, but with a German twist (i.e. blood, lots of it lol).
“Reach” is the new single.
WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?
The song “Reach” is about an out-of-body experience I had one night where I reached into my lower abdomen and pulled out an object that looked like an alien implant. While doing so, an alien stood at the foot of my bed, quite unhappy with my discovery. For a long time I had been suffering from strange illnesses, rashes, and other phenomena in the lower part of my body. I believe in the astral world, entities install devices like this to sabotage our energy systems that interface with our physical body. Our dream states are married to physiological states, and certain beings can harness or subvert these systems for their own gain.
CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?
The album as a whole is about how we’re always fighting a war of some kind for both our physical and mental/emotional survival. Every day is a “Flesh War” if you think about it (the literal translation of “FleischKrieg”).
WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
Pretty Hate Machine from NIN. It was the first time metal, synth, and pop all came together in a very personal and meaningful way.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER ARTIST?
I really love watching the Rammstein full show filmed in Paris a few years ago. The way they blended the live performances with special fx, very cool.
WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?
I do a lot of videography and photography.
DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?
I only get nervous just before stepping on stage, after that, I’m pretty good. There’s no going back at
that point. And the truth is, nobody wants to see you suck. Everyone wants you to win. That’s inspiring.
HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?
I was an uber driver working on my demo tape in my spare time when I ran into Thomass one night. We both discovered our mutual love for industrial metal, and the rest is history.
HOW DO YOU WRITE? - DO YOU HAVE A KEY SONGWRITER, OR DO YOU ALL WORK TOGETHER?
I’ve led the songwriting efforts to date, with Thomass helping out with arrangements and ideas too. In the future we’ll have more input from the band as a whole, though I think I will always drive the larger creative vision in general.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Trying to make sense of this life that is often tragic, beautiful, and deeply mysterious all at the same time.
WHAT IS NEXT?
Doing more live shows, growing and getting better as a singer. I’m taking lessons with Chad Wolf from Carolina Liar, he’s helping me grow as a vocalist. I just found out I am a Countertenor, which means I have a very high range. So I might expand into more metal-sounding territory vocals wise. We’ll see if I can handle it.
I’m happy to have Thomass, Nuda, Nick all aboard this project. They are great people with a lot of experience and it helps to round out my rough edges. I think together we make a great project, looking forward to getting in front of more people.
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