Interview: King Loses Crown
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:53:45
"It was important for us to really dig in and find our own sound," explains Michael Cobra of King Loses Crown.
That's exactly what the band did on their debut EP, You Can't Escape, available February 19, 2013. The collection fuses together mechanized industrial elements with hard-hitting heavy rock and just the right amount of dancefloor grooves. There's a futuristic stomp that's so propulsive it'd be the perfect soundtrack for Rick Deckard hunting Replicants or Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator chasing the T-1000. Welcome to the future of rock music. It starts with You Can't Escape.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Michael Cobra of King Loses Crown talks You Can't Escape and so much more.
What's your take on You Can't Escape as a whole piece?
We approached it as individual tracks. We wrote quite a few songs to get the EP together. We didn't just write the six. We really worked a lot on hammering down what our sound was, what that meant, and how things felt. As an EP, once we started feeling out the songs, we began making selections for what songs should be on it based on certain sounds. We worked on it as a whole from there to figure out how certain tracks would play into one another and such. It's a mixture.
What's the story behind "Your Blood"?
We try not to get too specific in regards to the meanings of the songs. We try to leave them up to the listener's interpretation. The key element of that song was, "What would it be like if you met your own clone?" What would your reaction be and how would you feel in that scenario? A lot of what we write lyrically comes from a place of trying to look at things from both sides. We're examining the duality of how people approach situations good or bad. That was really about what it would feel like from both sides. It's that antagonistic feeling of meeting one's self or a clone of one's self.
What's your favorite song on the EP?
I like them all, but my personal favorite is "You Can't Escape". Of course, that was the last one we finished and got everything nailed down on for this EP. It's the freshest of them. The big reason it's my favorite is it encapsulates all of the things we wanted for this band. We're mixing really big, heavy hard rock, punk, and hardcore with dance and electronic music. It ends up in an industrial vibe. If we could only pick one song to encapsulate what we're about or our sound could be to give everyone a taste, "You Can't Escape" is the one that does it for me.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the music?
Absolutely! I'm a huge film buff and a massive sci-fi fan. We try to do things lyrically that others can have their own interpretations of. It's important to have these visuals. A lot of that comes from sci-fi and technology and trying to create those visuals in my head. When those words come out and you wrap it in with the lyrics, it starts yielding a strong visual side. When somebody can hear something and it does that, it's huge.
If your EP were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
I'd say it'd be somewhere between The Road Warrior, THX-1138, and Blade Runner. Those are favorites of mine. The grittiness of The Road Warrior and that grizzled "You can make it through" attitude definitely permeates through the album. Something like THX-1138 is clean, shiny, and everything's pristine. Under that pristine level, there's something a little screwed up. I'd say Blade Runner because technology is used in a different purpose and tweaked to make its own thing. Blade Runner is probably the best example because it mixes sci-fi in that gritty, noir world. It's that rock and punk with the pristine sound.
What artists shaped you?
I'd say a lot of hardcore and post-hardcore so bands like Fugazi, Helmet, and then Ministry. The bands that shaped us and had the biggest impact are the ones who even though they would get shoved into a "genre" or define a genre in some cases, they still didn't fit in. Ministry are considered industrial, but nobody does it like them.
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