New Orleans rockers, Cane Hill, continue to encounter a whirlwind of experiences as their growing influence fuels their appetite to continuously grow both as musicians and human beings. Outspoken, raw and potent lyricism stands out as a highlight within Cane Hill’s material which broadens perspectives and leaves listeners musing about a bigger picture outside of the life of their own. I caught up with Vocalist, Elijah Witt, to discuss how perception of home has changed over the past few years, the follow-up to ‘Smile’, food in New Orleans, tattoos and more.
Let’s start off with a bang. Is there a follow-up to your debut studio album, ‘Smile’, in the works? Fill us in.
Our follow up is already mastered as we speak! As far as we’re concerned, it’s the perfect follow up and provides the most logical progression for us as artists.
Lyrically, what was your inspiration while writing ‘Smile’. What message do you intend to deliver through your artistry?
With ‘Smile’, I was in a really dark place for the entire lyric-writing process. I had been in a long-term relationship that was on its last leg, full of emotional and mental abuse, so I think I was just kind of “broken.” I was obsessed with the idea that I wasn’t living my life to its fullest even though in all honesty, I was barely escaping some situations with my own life. I wanted people to listen to our songs and think to themselves, no matter their situation, “What am I doing with my life? It’s wasting away and this is the only one I get”
The overwhelming theme throughout is that, this is it….one life, one shot, so get your shit together and enjoy it the best you can because you’ll either die young and happy, or old and bitter.
Any upcoming or current tour or festival appearances that you can fill us in about?!
2018 we start throwing our hammer down again. We kick off with EU/UK supporting Motionless In White with Ice Nine Kills and then we’ve got loads of secrets that we’ll reveal when the time is right. It’s going to be big though, guaranteed!
What has been the greatest challenge that you guys have encountered and overcome over your time of being a band?
The mental toll of getting into an industry you didn’t have any grasp on and going through our own emotional changes during it. We were never taken advantage of or anything, like most of the stories you hear about young artists. We’ve just had our fair share of moments when this should have crumbled beneath us because we just couldn’t handle the pain it causes. We’ve lost friends, immediate family members feel like distant relatives, and romantic relationships have deteriorated violently just because our focus is on THIS and only THIS. It’s hard to keep up with normal life when we’ve become so obsessed with this band and the music we’re making.
If any of our readers have never visited New Orleans, tell us about some of your favorite restaurants that you frequent and recommend to check out.
The French Quarter is overpriced is my main point here. You want seafood, you want spice, you want the flavor of New Orleans? Go to the Lower Garden District or the Marigny (neighborhoods).
Now that’s good food!
You guys have been touring quite a bit over the past few years. How does it feel heading home after seeing and engaging with so many different walks and ways of life around the world? Has “home” changed at all?
There’s not much there for us other than our dogs —the most important part of our lives— to be honest. Like I’ve mentioned, you lose a lot of relationships from being away for so long. We’ve still got our families and everything so that’s good. But to be honest, it just feels weird going home sometimes. We always just end up back at James’ house, where we rehearse and write, hanging out with each other. Home is just a warm meal with a big bed at this point.
If you could add any tattoo to your current collection by any tattoo artist around the world, what would you get tattooed and which artist would you choose?!
I’ve been trying to get tattooed by Emily Malice from London for two years but she never responds to my emails. I just want to get one of her trademark ‘Sexy Lips’ tattooed on me for the love of GOD. I’ve been way too into simple black and grey with thin linework for a while now. But other than that I just want my dog’s ugly mug tattooed on my thigh, which will probably be my last full color tattoo for years.
Tell us about a fellow Rise Records musician/band that recently put out a release that you’re really diggin’ at the moment.
Rise Records just signed Kublai Khan recently and they’ve been putting out nothing but heavy, hardcore bangers. If you like aggression, that’s your move.
If your parents have caught one of your live shows, tell us about their first experience and their reaction to your stage performance.
Oh man, our parents come to every show they can get their hands on! We’re lucky to be blessed with very supportive families. I think my mom’s biggest, most common comment is to stop saying ‘fuck’ so much because it ‘loses its edge,’ but my mouth runs faster than my brain most of the time.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Pick up ‘Smile’, fall in love with us, and get us tattooed on your body so you never forget us.
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