Interview: Capture The Crown
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:20:12
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Capture the Crown unleash a torrent of impressive and infectious heavy metal on Reign of Terror. It’s one of the most vicious, vibrant, and vital heavy albums you’ll hear all year and a milestone for the band.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Capture The Crown Jeffrey Wellfare talks Reign of Terror and so much more.
What ties Reign of Terror together for you?
All of the songs were written one at a time. I had the lyrics put together. Like any other band, we sat down, put the songs in place, and made them more cohesive so it felt like a good album from start-to-finish.
What were some of the themes you wrote about?
You can get a vibe of the album coming from a really dark place. The band was going through a pretty rough time for the last year. There were a lot of things going on. In a short speck of time, we experienced a lot more than many bands would experience during their whole career. There was a lot to write about and say. The album comes from that dark place. After that last tour, we all split up. Everybody went home, to their girlfriends, or whatever. Music was recorded prior to the tour so all that had to be done was vocals. I was left by myself. It was pretty hard. I was trying to find places to stay every night. Sometimes, I even stayed at the gas station. It wasn't easy. It was a really shitty place to be, but it made the fire for this album. I love it. It's representative of the hardships, passion, and determination we all have for this music. It represents the maturity and growth of the band and as individual musicians.
What was the process like?
We had a structure. We took it into the studio. We did some weird things in the vocal booth to get some emotional and realistic takes.
What did you do?
We had this idea of reliving what the song is about. To do that, you have to make what happened in the song happen in the vocal booth. It's about finding that headspace of how fucked up, serious, or emotional you were at that time when you were thinking about writing the song. We did really fucked up and weird shit. I got naked. I got shit thrown at me and got hurt. We tried everything under the sun in the studio. It got me in the headspace of every song and made me live through the song and understand it better. It sounds good and is real basically. Everything we've done on this record is so real.
What artists shaped you?
I grew up listening to what my dad listened to. He's the reason I'm doing this music. He turned me on to Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Kiss. I branched out and began listening to The Used, My Chemical Romance, Story of the Year, Underoath, and some heavier bands. The list goes on!
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Maybe American Psycho…there's a shit fight of emotion and so many things going on. It's crazy and psychotic in a way. That's weird it came to my head!
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