Tell us about yourself and your music
There is an urgency to our music, an edge that has sharpened over time. This is not our first disco- we have both lived rich and wild lives. Time spent on the run, in prestigious hotels, homeless, broken and penniless to ill-gotten riches with the powerful and famous – we’ve been there and come back to write about it. We sing songs for the outcast, the truer believers, the ones who dig deeper, suffer louder, love harder.
Talk to us more about your latest release
We have scraped and scrounged and traded art, money, and gardening skills to get this record made. The songs are drawn from the world we inhabit – outcast Hollywood. We run with the array of artists, players, songstresses, and sociopaths that feature in our songs. This record reeks of triumph and despair.
What inspired you to write this release?
We have been living underground long enough. We hail from Reys Hollywood – underground music club and reprobate wonderland here in the Hollywood flats. It’s grim and magical. The album is a distillation of this world we inhabit – we don’t just crash, we crash hot.
Describe the writing and recording process
Writing is simple. We rehearse most days at a reys Hollywood, and the songs are mostly about people we k ow in bad situations – homeless kids from Kansas, a disgraced world champion skateboarder, and the 18 old crazies who apparently rule the world. We recorded at Wax Ltd in Hollywood (formerly owned by Jimi Hendrix, storied history) produces by Xandy Barry (Muse, Rolling Stones, Blondefire) and mastered by Pete at Infrasonic (Sturgil Simpson, Weezer)
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
We did!😱 Now we are planning to do some guerilla stage shows for live broadcast
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
We are a rock band when rock bands are rare. Rock is not dead but listening to dated music is getting old. There is a giant, unaddressed market for a spirited, upbeat, fresh take on a genre currently under-appreciated in the mainstream. (Probably where it ultimately belongs) introducing female vocalists, ripping sax tracks and dual singer/guitarists are all part of the act.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Honestly, we’re hooked on Tuareg music at the moment. Sturgil s new record (mastered by the same guy) and a background of the Strokes, Oh No, and Fela Kuti.
Who are your biggest influences?
Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, 80’s new wave, QOTSA, arctic monkeys,
Tell us about your passions
Rey and Nero are the principal players, and their stories run deep and long. Th Rey met one Los Angeles – Rey abroad from his native Australia; Nero married a local girl. Together they recruited local hero Andy Clockwise and his coterie (Stella Mozgawa, Farah Shea, et al) and built a venue and a movement in Hollywood (underground speakeasy #reyshollywood) and have dug into the local scene of musos and vagabonds (hello Ricky from Ray Charles’ band, JT from Television) whom both appear on the record. This is the world of We Crash Hot.
What else is happening next in your world?
The pandemic will not stop us. No band in its right mind would release a debut album now – that’s what we’re counting on. We produce music videos in-house, so we are going to push production to the top of the priorities list. We have 4 music videos in the can as of writing.
Thanks for an awesome interview, We Crash Hot