Get To Know Crash World And Their Release “So The Story Goes”

Glen MacLeod and Graham MacDonald, are a Canada, Vancouver based indie folk power duo with the stage name Crash World who have just released their original debut 15 track album titled “So The Story Goes” accompanied by great visuals. We had a few questions and answers with them through Glen. Below are exclusive details on Crash World and their new release.

Continue reading to know more about this amazing artist.

 

 

What are your names?

My name is Glen MacLeod, I play guitar and sing background vocals and Graham MacDonald is the lead vocalist.

 

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What’s the duo’s official stage name (showbiz name) and what is the story behind it?

Together we are Crash World. The name Crash World is a term that to us, describes our relationship to music styles and genres. For Crash World there are no limitations on bringing together elements from all around the musical spectrum. A crashing together of styles from different eras and traditions to create our own unique musical world. That is the canvas that we apply our colours to. I guess you could say it’s our own musical “big bang”.

 

How did you guys get together?

We actually played together in a band called Warjunk, which ended in 2011 after three albums and an EP. I took three years to study jazz and focus exclusively on acoustic guitar. In July of 2014, Graham and I ran into each other at a Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds show. The opening act that night was the late, great Mark Lanegan. That night Mark was accompanied by only guitarist Jeff Fielder. Although Jeff was playing electrically on a Gibson SG, it was still so intimate. The performance was just so powerful and connected to the audience on another level. A few days later Graham and I got together to discuss the idea of an acoustic based project. We agreed to give it a shot and the rest is history. That was 2014 and now here we are in 2022 with “So The Story Goes”.

 

What was Crash World’s first release?

In 2017, we did a 3-day session recording 30 of our songs live in the studio, acoustically. We wanted to channel the vibe of the 1930’s era Blues artists like Robert Johnson who recorded their legendary repertoires in a very organic way. One or two takes and done. It was an amazing experience and really helped us when it came to recording “So The Story Goes”. As we often perform acoustically as a duo, we were faced with the question of whether to record the album that way or, to go “all in” on larger arrangements. Deep down I knew I wanted to record the songs in the way I heard the songs in my head when I was writing them. So that’s the path we chose. To share these songs with lush, full arrangements. We did however include a live in the studio – first take of Robert Johnson’s classic, “Cross Road Blues”.

 

Which music genre(s) are you into and why did you choose it?

Really, we both listen to a lot of different music and genres. I’m really inspired by great writing which often leads me back to Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter, Ray Davies, Prince and old blues and jazz. Grahams’ taste is probably more eclectic than mine. He likes a lot of great female artists as well like Ute Lemper and Chrissy Amphlett as well as artists like Frank Black and Nick Cave. It’s a broad common ground for us and we continue to turn each other on to a lot of different artists.

 

 

How long has Crash World been making music?

Well as I said Crash World began in 2014 but our collaboration goes back into the early 2000’s with Warjunk.

 

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

It just works on so many levels, sonically, lyrically, structurally. It’s the soundtrack of our lives and everyone has a different soundtrack. It’s so personal. I know it defines my life. Music is always on my mind whether it’s a great song, or a great song idea for some new writing. And great lyrics can actually bring clarity to this crazy world we live in. A couple of great lines can cast so much perspective, sometimes when you least expect it.

 

What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music? Are you surprised by the reactions you get?

I hope the music of Crash World stirs passionate feelings and emotions. The instrumentation on “So The Story Goes” has many classic elements such as strings, horns, and even a few guitar solos that in my experience can create an emotional impact for the listener. The ultimate goal is that people take these songs and make them a part of their lives. Take ‘em and make ‘em your own!

 

What has been the high point of your career so far?

The whole experience of Crash World has been a high point for me. Such a challenge to connect with people with only two voices and 6 strings. There’s nowhere to hide, no amps, no effects, just a very human connection.

 

What’s your creative process like?

The songs usually start with a demo by me. I then send the songs to Graham and we pick songs that we agree have the most potential to be special. I write a lot of songs in bursts, so we’ve accumulated a huge catalogue of songs for future albums.

 

Get To Know Crash World And Their Release "So The Story Goes"
Get To Know Crash World And Their Release “So The Story Goes”

 

What is this new release about?

In a way the new album reflects the experience of our live performances. We cover a lot of ground in our shows, jazz, blues (I love to play slide guitar on a resonator), country, pop, rock. For us it’s seamless to cross genres and eras as all the songs are introduced with a little history and background. At times it’s like a live radio show. We’re told it’s very entertaining. 😊

 

Who and how many people worked on it?

With only two of us in the band we were free to bring in anyone we wanted to play on the record. So we brought in some of Vancouver’s very best players and based our choices on who would be best for each song depending on its stylistic requirements, necessary dynamics and feel. We also did the record at two different studios simultaneously. Two studios, two teams working independently of each other. It was an enormous endeavour but ultimately so rewarding. We’re very proud of the way “So The Story Goes” turned out.

 

What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?

Well even though the new album has just been released we are definitely looking ahead to the follow-up album. We have a wealth of material written and ready to go, so we plan to be back in the studio after gigging throughout the summer and fall.

 

If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

Take things slow, be good to yourselves and fight to maintain the balance in your life. Never lose sight of “why” you do things and don’t let it be just “what” you do. And above all, be an active listener with the music you love. Music doesn’t have to be regulated to the background. Make it a priority. It’s a beautiful and healing thing that’s unlike anything else in life.

 

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