It’s that time of year again, with the collective anticipation and excitement surrounding Krank’d Up Fest building its way to a fever pitch.
In preparation for this monumental event, The Metalist za got in touch with the new manipulator of thunderous strings in the low end for Savage Lucy, Clint Falconer, to talk about the groups recent activities (including their upcoming album) as well as how they feel about sharing the stage with the cream of our local crop of artists and international visitors Intervals and Memphis May Fire.
Hey Clint, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! So, Krank’d up is less than a month away, and I’m sure the band is excited to perform alongside the best that our local scene has to offer, as well as the international acts. Are you personally fans of these visiting bands? As an instrumental prog group, can you claim any Intervals influences in your own music, especially in their solely instrumental years?
We are super excited for the fest and to be playing with such great acts. I don't know how we could not be influenced by Intervals, they are just amazing
Speaking again from your perspective of an instrumental band, what did you think of Intervals’ decision to enlist a vocalist into the band? Is it something that you have ever considered, even as a once-off collaboration project?
I think it's great, vocals really help a band connect with an audience but having said that it's not something we have really looked at.
Whilst it’s a given that the local acts playing at Krank’d Up can be considered among the finest heavier outfits South Africa currently has to offer, are there any local groups whose performances you are particularly looking forward to at the fest?
Personally I'm just looking forward to a great day of great music and think it would be impossible to single out one act.
The band has recently started performing again after a brief absence whilst you’ve been working on your upcoming album, was this to ensure complete devotion to the recording process? How does it feel to be back on the stage once more, especially after your recent show with with Strait Jackal, Ruff Majik and Juggernaught?
Our show with Juggernaught, Strait Jackal and Ruff Majik was such a jam, it’s great to see so many killer bands in the local scene. The band has just gone through a line-up change with the old bassist moving to Germany and myself getting the hot seat and that's a large part of the break in live shows.
Speaking of new albums and performing live, can we expect your set at Krank’d Up to be comprised predominantly of new album material, or will it be a balance of old and new? Will the show with The Narrow and The Sinners on the 16th of September follow a similar set-list?
Both shows will follow a similar set and its mostly going to be old material as we try and iron out the new tunes
We’ve heard that the album may be released soon, is there a release date in the works? Will it be available at Krank’d Up?
Unfortunately we won't don't have any hard dates on when the new music will be finished, we are trying to do the best album possible which can be a fairly long process.
Given that we are starting to see a greater number of international heavy metal and rock acts grace our shores, do you think these developments bode well for South Africa’s local scene? Do you think we represent a market worth investing in, especially regarding exporting local groups overseas?
International acts can actually have a negative effect on our local scene, because people will save up to watch an international act and not put that money towards the local scene. I have toured Europe and it's all about getting over there consistently and the only way we can do that is if we make enough money here in SA from our local shows
Is there an overall ‘story’ or thematic undercurrent that the band uses as inspiration or guidance in composing material, especially with the new album? If so, how do you convey such themes without the use of lyrics and vocals?
Well the overall theme behind our music and writing is to try get people to feel whatever emotions they have. Try not making too many of the songs about something specific and rather let it be about whatever the person listening to the music feels it's about and that's probably the reason we will never get vocals. We play music to express the things we cannot with words
Savage Lucy, thank you very much for the opportunity to get the scoop on your progress leading into the very exciting events in the groups’ future! As a parting shot, do you have any final words for our readers out there?
Thank you for speaking with us. Everyone who is interested in us must go check us out on either Facebook, Instagram or twitter and keep an eye out for a bunch of our playthroughs coming out the every Monday going into next year.
YOU CAN CATCH SAVAGE LUCY AT KRANK'D UP, 30 SEPTEMBER 2017
Taking place on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at Sundowners, Alberton and featuring 2 highly acclaimed international acts along with 19 of SA's best alternative acts across two stages, Krank'd Up 2017 should not be missed.
KRANK'D UP LINEUP:
Memphis May Fire
Held On Till May
You, Me and the Harmony
De Wallen ( Band )