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Crash-Scan - Crash-Scan Newsletter Interview

24 May 2014 // An interview by Shade
 

Breaking into the local music scene in September of 2009 with their debut album Catalyst, post-industrial metal band Crash-Scan has been a fixture in Wellington, as well as a welcome visitor to Auckland and other NZ towns and cities, for almost five years. Having made a name for themselves as entertaining and proficient performers pushing a highly individual sound, the band has taken the next step and released a follow-up to Catalyst, the punishing Repeat Until False. While Catalyst featured stompingly accessible songs to headbang to, Repeat Until False takes a more measured and layered approach, the hydraulic-powered metallic butterfly to Catalyst's vicious caterpillar. Thanks to Bryan for answering the following questions:

Do you have any plans for future collaborations with other musicians? Who would they be?

We've had some preliminary discussions with Auckland's Dying of the Light on collaborating on a couple of tracks or something similar. We've also got a bunch of fellow musicians from all over NZ working on some remixes from our latest album that we plan to release along with some new originals later on in the year.

What sets you apart from other bands?

We're one of only a few bands in NZ currently incorporating electronics and cut-up,'found sound'/noise material in the context of metal. While we have our influences, we certainly don't sound like anything else out there.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Our inspiration to create music originated from the complete lack of anything that we wanted to hear of this type being made locally. We figured we should do it ourselves, and surely there would be others out there that shared our tastes.
To create new music? Just a desire to keep expanding and making better and more varied music. Having fans that enjoy what we create certainly makes it more appealing, but even without people to listen I think most of us would still be doing what we do because we love it.

What can we expect to see from Crash-Scan over the next year?

We're planning a few shows around the country to showcase the new album, definitely hitting Auckland and Christchurch this year. We've already started work on the next EP, and this will contain 4 new tracks and however many remixes we can get done of our latest album by the time the EP is ready. We're hoping to release this on Cassette as well as digitally. New T-shirts are being designed as we speak, and we're hoping to have some patches available also.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

If you've got something unique you want to make or hear, then just get out there and do it. The tools to create and record music are more available than ever before, and the channels now exist to share this with anyone for free.

Photos by James Peryer

 

About Crash-Scan

Breaking into the local music scene in September of 2009 with debut album Catalyst, post-industrial metal band Crash-Scan has been a fixture in Wellington, as well as a welcome visitor to Auckland and other NZ towns and cities, for almost five years. Frontman Ron Nobbs, with longtime collaborators Bryan Tabuteau on synths, Vivian Stewart on guitar, and new band member Ezekiel Clark on bass, have moulded Crash-Scan into a solid act, both live and on record, with the assistance of a plethora of session musicians, fellow artists, and supportive friends.

Having made a name for themselves as entertaining and proficient performers pushing a highly individual sound, the band has taken the next step and released a follow-up to Catalyst, the punishing Repeat Until False. While Catalyst featured stompingly accessible songs to headbang to, Repeat Until False takes a more measured and layered approach, the hydraulic-powered metallic butterfly to Catalyst's vicious caterpillar. The album feels more mature, with noticeable depth backing up its driving climaxes. With atmosphere to pull you in and churning sonic assaults to beat you into submission, Crash-Scan have proven that they're here to stay, and are going to make a lot of noise while they're at it.

With two albums to choose from, a pair of music videos (including one for new single Choke by Grimoire Productions), and numerous live gigs under their belt, Crash-Scan are set to drive their brutal blend of grinding auditory bedlam into the ear canals of anyone and everyone in earshot. Released both as a digital download or in a very limited edition leather embossed USB drive (only 50 copies!) containing a treasure-trove of goodies including the new album, a PDF booklet, two music videos including the brand new Choke, as well as remixes, karaoke & bonus tracks in a laser-engraved aluminium presentation case, Repeat Until False's release has something for long-term fans as well as those just being introduced to Crash-Scan's distinctive sound.

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Releases

Infinite Loop
Year: 2015
Type: Album
The Formicophilia EP
Year: 2015
Type: EP
Repeat Until False
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Catalyst
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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