Alaskan rockers, 36 Crazyfists, are in the midst of their 20th anniversary and have been built a monstrous career through a musical path that adheres to their willingness to stay true to their core while perpetually exploring alternative avenues within every release that creatively enhances their sound. Nurturing unmistakable evolution, 36 Crazyfists is back and gearing up to release their seventh studio album, ‘Lanterns’. I caught up with vocalist, Brock Lindow, to discuss the direction behind ‘Lanterns’, his first experiences with music that led him toward the desire to start a band, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your seventh studio album, ‘Lanterns’. Tell us about the direction that you took when creating this album and what the album personally means to you.
The direction is really just more of another chapter in the life of this band and my life experiences are played out through the songs. Looking back on it all, it is a time vault of a period when my life was fairly messy and coming to terms with being at my lowest points and finding the way out of all of that by burning through the entire process.
Your latest single release, “Better To Burn”, features lyrics that are abounding with fury and madness in the most electric way. Who takes charge with all of the songwriting for the band? Or is it a collective effort?
We all do our part as a band but my role in the band is writing all the lyrics and melodies for the vocals.
What was your first experience with music, and do you feel as though that experience still affects you as an artist?
My first experience probably was listening to Elvis Presley with my mom when I was a child, went to Barbra Streisand and Three Dog Night; those were the albums played on the regular in my house. My dad was a drummer as well so I remember him always teaching me how to make beats, etc. It all shaped me as music was always around me. I saw my first concert in 1986 with Journey and then Metallica in 1989. After seeing Metallica, I knew I wanted to be in a band and that was probably the real turning point for me to join a band.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
October 10th, 2017 - Millvale, Pennsylvania
October 11th, 2017 - Rochester, New York
October 13th, 2017 - Valparaiso, Indiana
October 19th, 2017 - Mesa, Arizona
October 20th - San Diego, California
If you could meet any musician or band for dinner and drinks tonight, either dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Layne Staley of Alice In Chains, as he is my favorite vocalist.
Let’s talk tattoos. I perceive that you’ve seen quite a few 36 Crazyfists fan tattoos over the years. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the fans that have put your mark on their bodies for the rest of their lives.
We have seen a few over the years and it blows my mind each time. Listening to their stories on how the band has impacted them in a positive way over the years is very special, something I'm very proud of.
What do you perceive is your current greatest opportunity for growth as a musician? Why?
Finding your uniqueness and your signature sound is what I feel is the most important thing in progressing your band. Something that makes you stand out from the rest of the pack is what I always gravitate towards in bands that I love.
If you could metaphorically affiliate the music of ‘Lanterns’ to the characteristics of an animal, which animal would you choose and why?
No question the wolf, standing alone, standing with your pack. Leaning on your people and going through the fire when needed to get through to the other side.
Are there any tattoos that you desire to get done in the near future? If so, what tattoo artist would you like to be tattooed by?
Plenty of plans still left to cover up this skin and there are so many talented artists that I would love to get work by. Alexis Vaatete is incredible and he is definitely on my list.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you for everything you have given us over the years. We absolutely needed you and love seeing you every night.