After their sellout gig at The Haunt in Brighton, I caught up with the boys from Half Crown to talk about the past, present and future of Half Crown.
1. What have you been working on since the release of Everything Goes last year?
That record in particular acted as a showcase of sorts, a body of work with a range of different genres and styles that we’ve been influenced by since the beginning. We learnt a lot from producing that LP and have since then been focusing hard on honing in on a more refined, complete and palatable sound.
2. What is a typical Friday night for Half Crown?
Anything from a night in with a couple bottles of Rioja and the latest HC video to edit, to 5am night cap in a bohemian bass bin, feet stuck to the floor and eyes rolling back into our brain boxes. Bleurrgh!
3. What is your favourite Brighton venue?
Blind Tiger was a cheeky one until the authorities backed the local party pooper and had the place exterminated of any potential good vibrations. These days, the Haunt seems to be a good place for us to throw a show. However, the next stop is The Old Market for the back-end of summer. That’ll be a new one for us, we love the style of the venue and it’s in our parta’ town.. “Hove actually”.
4. What has been your best show to date?
From the Brighton Dome to Cambridge May Ball, (where Louie ended up carried off stage half naked on the shoulder of a security guard, as we got shut down early and ended the set acapella) nothing quite compares to our own party at the old HCHQ, West Street, Brighton, 75 People in the lounge of our flat. Even Oceania filed a noise complaint.
5. What has been the most influential album for the band since you formed?
There are so many influences in the group man, if each writer had to choose I’d say ‘Black Keys – Rubber Factory’ meets ‘Dizraeli and The Small Gods – Moving In The Dark’ and ‘Fat Freddy’s Drop – Based on A True Story’.
6. Did you ever think that you’d be playing a sell-out show at The Haunt?
Oh this is just the beginning Tommy darling. May I call you Tommy?
7. If you could support any artist live who would it be?
Backstage with The Libertines would be interesting.
8. Who is your latest new musical discovery?
Glass Animals, although quite shamefully just properly discovered Van Morrison.
9. How is the search going for new band members?
It’s been pretty challenging actually, after working solidly for 5 years as the original group we’ve developed a working relationship that even the most talented of musicians would struggle to connect with immediately. However we’re confident that the right human will appear at the right time when working so hard in the right direction and pushing forward with our goals.
10. Finally, what lies ahead for Half Crown?
It’s a seriously exciting time for us man, we can’t say much BUT get to BLEACH (above Hare & Hounds) on Saturday 30th May to support us and we may have a whole lot more to discuss in the next interview! There will be a free after party too, with intimate performances from us and a handful of our favourite and most talented Brighton delights.
Check out my review of Half Crown’s EP ‘Everything Goes’ here.