M. Crane is an Indie Rock artist known for their emotive vocals and illustrious soundscapes that have helped establish their sound in the southwest region of Tucson, AZ. The band first formed in 2015 with the release of their first EP which garnered them comparisons to acts such as Muse and Mars Volta. The music speaks for itself and with a fan-base that reaches across the U.S. you won’t want to miss this music experience. After having toured the States extensively with the release of their first two EP’s, M. Crane is preparing to release their first full album, King She, later this year!
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Nick: My dad used to write simple love songs for my mom on a fender acoustic. It seemed to me that that was the best way for me to say things to people I love, or at least thought about. Kyle: Bob Dylan inspired me to write music. Josiah: My tio kept telling me that the piano was cool, even though I didn't think it was. I had been taking lessons since I was 9 but he showed me that it could be a good thing. He played an accordion in a Mexican band and he was a really good musician.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We've had more exciting times on this tour than ever before, but that's still not saying a lot..depends what you call crazy. I fell off the van while loading luggage into our cargo box, head-butted the end of my guitar player's guitar in the heat of the moment, got my finger slammed in the van door..but rock and roll injuries are to be expected. Something really serendipitous that happened is we ended up on the same bill as a band from my hometown all the way in Moscow, Idaho of all places. None of this is crazy...check back in with us in a year..we'll have some wild story filled with romance, suspense..all that.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Being on the road and playing a set every night in a different city to different people and relying on the kindness of strangers to help us along. We see all the good in people and they get to see our best for one night. It accelerates our relationships and forces us to be extremely honest and open with people we meet.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
We write music in three ways mainly..most of the time I will write a song and bring it to the band and they'll help arrange it and add to and take away from it until we're all happy with it. All my lyrics come from poems. Sometimes Kyle will bring the music, or sometimes a few words to the table and I write lyrics and we arrange it as a band. The third way is that we just have a free jam session and let it come together in the moment.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
In an artistic sense, it's standing out from the millions of people out there making phenomenal music in their bedrooms at this very moment. Anybody can upload anything and as much of it as they want. I do believe there's room for all of us, because unlike yogurt at the market there's an endless appetite for art in this form, and there always will be. In a business sense though, in the same vein as in the artistic sense, it's hard to make a living at it because of streaming services in large part. If we could ask the industry to change one thing...stop treating music like a product. Art doesn't work like yogurt. Don't constrain artists to produce what is known to sell at the expense of genuine expression.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Salvador Dalli, no explanation needed
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We practice pretty regularly when we're at home..but we miss it terribly when we're on the road. We try to be prepared so that we have room to play around at shows, go with the spirit if need be.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Live to See it..which comes out in a few weeks..was so difficult to write. For one reason or another it took a year to finish..Kyle brought the music, we all arranged the song to a certain point and then I just kept telling everyone I'd finish it for months. Finally I decided we would take it into the studio and see if it came out in a moment when it counted..when it was costing us money. Everyone was nervous about trying an unfinished song on studio time but we didn't think about it too much and it did come together in the moment. Now it's one of our show closers..we love it.
What's coming up in the future?
More touring..we have yet to see the eastern half of this country. We're so ready to go to Europe and we're working that out now. We have 2 more songs coming out in a few weeks and another music video after that. Beyond that we have literally hundreds of rough recordings of songs we want to finish. So we'll be busy for a very long time, if not always together, at least separately.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Make sure to check out the riveting music video for their song “Cate In a Violent World”