1- What’s up Alex!! To start this small interview i would like to know about the beginning of kidcrash and the band’s background.
Kidcrash formed in the summer of 2000, when I met our drummer, Buster, at a music camp. I was 14 years old, and Buster was 15 at the time. The next school year we recruited John for 2nd guitar, and Kevin on bass, both who’d had a little experience in bands before. We’ve been playing together ever since – it’s quite amazing we haven’t broken up yet!
2-How did you get in contact with the arse moreira band, and how things have been until the release of the split album? I’d also like to know about the split album with Coffin Dancer.
We met Arse Moreira, when Charlie, their bassist, contacted us via his old label Escucha! Records. If I remember correctly, he was interested in doing a small pressing of our 2006 demo. Anyway, we came up with the idea to do a west coast US tour with them, and it was so awesome. I still tell people that they are one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live. The split came out after the tour, and we each wrote a song especially for it. It’s only a 5” record, so our song is our shortest ever at just 2 minutes.
The split with Coffin Dancer happened the same way – we toured first, and then decided that a split would be cool. Their song on that split is my favorite Coffin Dancer song, and it’s way better than ours! We actually got connected through Denovali Records all the way in Germany! It’s amazing how the Internet got us connected with bands from so far away.
3-What are the band’s influences?
Growing up we always liked the same bands; If one of us liked The Appleseed cast or Braid, for example, then we all did. We’d try and rip off the bands we loved, sometimes all at the same time, which is how we developed out sound. As we got older, we all started listening to a more broad range of music, and still tried to incorporate it all into our songs. The best example of this is on Jokes; I liked a lot of hardcore stuff, Buster was into a lot of Hip-hop and heavy stuff, John loved math rock, and Kevin…well who knows what bands he liked! I’m being general, but I think all of our different tastes really defined our sound. Nowadays, we don’t obsesses over bands like we used to, and our songs just write themselves!
4-Ten years have passed since the beginning. What have changed in kidcrash, from back then to nowadays?
Not much has changed really. We’ve all gone though a lot of changes in our life, and our music has changed as well, but when we get together to practice and write songs it doesn’t feel all that different. It’s something that’ been pretty consistent, like a really good friend.
5-I really like the “New Ruins” album. Why did you choose make the vocals more melodic this time?
Thanks. The vocals were very influenced by the bands we liked at the time: Mock Orange, Braid, Mineral, and bands like that. We always write the music first, and the music required singing like that. Later, our songs ‘wanted’ to be shouted over. The music we write tells us the kind of vocals that should fit over it.
6-The lyrics are very expressive, but one in particular have caught my attention, its the song “I”… what does it talk about? (answer at the end of this interview haha )
We don’t have a song called “I.” That must be a mistake from the Internet! I know you’re not actually buying our albums, Vitor! Haha.
7-What are kidcrash’s expectation about the future? new songs, videoclips, new split albums?
We just recorded 4 new songs that are currently being mixed. Hopefully it will be released Spring of 2011. We haven’t decided on a name yet, but it will come out on Init Records, who we’ve worked with before. We’d also like to do a split with our last tourmates, Aussitot Mort, of France.
8-Do you have any kind of knowledge about brazilian musicians and bands?
No, only Tiago Della Vega!
9-Do you think about coming to Brazil? Any prediction?
It would be so awesome to come to Brazil some day! Unfortunately, we haven’t even toured the US in a few years, so it may be a while.
10-How was the European tour? how was the people receptiveness and the opportunity to play so far from home?
Both our European tours were great. We met so many cool bands, and people. Every place we went we got food and a place to stay, which is not always the case in the US. That’s the main reason we tour Europe instead of the US when we have the chance. Plus, it’s fun to see new places, hear different languages, and we actually are able to make a little money when we’re there. We were really lucky to travel there because of our connections with European labels like Denovali and Pure Pain Sugar, and Narshaarda Records.
11-Do you have any kind of projects outside kidcrash?
I currently have another band called Wild Guess that can be heard at http://wildguess.bandcamp.com/
12-Do you assume any kind of ideological attitude, politics related, or subjects as vegetarians or so?
I think we all have our separate personal ideologies, but they’re usually not explicitly expressed in our music. More abstractly, our music is politically radical because it’s a space where we can do what we want, make the music that we want to.
13-Thanks for this short interview! There’s many people who liked kidcrash.Also you’re an influence for everyone who know you guys. Big hugs and see you Alex!
I just want to say that it’s amazing we’re able to have fans of our music all the way in Brazil, and that we don’t take it for granted. Hopefully we can meet you one of these days…
About the question “6”!
Alex : haha, i thought it was “I”, but you were referring to “1.” - that’s actually my mistake! about song “II” or “2”:
That song is heavily metaphorical, but is generally about feeling lost and directionless in life, especially after a big change, whatever that may be. Reading the lyrics now, they are very pessimistic, which seems to be a mood in all our lyrics. No matter hat the inspiration for the song, bad things always seem to be happening!