Chat with Crown Vic

Chat with Crown Vic

Recently, I got to have a chat with Lane Hughes of local hardcore band, Crown Vic. I'll be "Hold the Note", below:

 Lane Hughes playing drums for Crown Vic. All band photos in article by Michelle Waters.

Lane Hughes playing drums for Crown Vic. All band photos in article by Michelle Waters.

Hold The Note: So your next show in this Saturday (at The Bakery in Charleston). Do you have other local-ish shows lined up I should share, too?

Crown Vic: We are playing at the Adelphia next month, TBA and will definitely have more to announce (great news for local heavy music fans!).

HTN: Talk to me about all things Crown Vic. I know that's very broad, but what can you share? Where's your name from?

CV: Crown Vic is short for Crown Victoria, the car that has often been used as a standard police cruiser. They’re incredibly durable and quick vehicles and they seem to never die...  Overall, though, the name is mainly based on the physical nature of the car itself; old school, heavy, simple, and often times grimy, which is what we intend our music to sound like.

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HTN: What would you hope someone who came to your show would say about the performance and the music? What can people expect from hearing your music-recorded or live?

CV: Our primary goal for shows it to sound the best that we can. It’s been rewarding to see people interact with the music that we play in front of them, whether that’s moshing violently or simply headbanging, it’s something that has fueled us in this genre.  Our main goal, live or in the studio, is to sound menacingly heavy and uniquely angered.

HTN: Why heavier music? Do you all have a history of other musical backgrounds that lead you to where you are? What brought you together?

CV: Initially, Kai and I were the first two members who began to write. Both of us have hardcore/metal influences that go quite far back. I’ve known Kai my entire life and he was actually the first person to expose me to aggressive music at a young age.  A lot of years had passed and we reunited as adults into this new age of heavy and hardcore music and that’s when we started writing. As for Taylor and Gage, they came along at a greatly needed and later time. They both have their histories with similarly heavy music and they certainly knew what to bring when they joined. The four of us love all genres of music and I think that is the most important thing for any band or artist.

 Crown Vic pulled friend and fellow musician, Roy Bush (left, along with lead vocalist Kai on far right) up for a performance at a local music fest.

Crown Vic pulled friend and fellow musician, Roy Bush (left, along with lead vocalist Kai on far right) up for a performance at a local music fest.

HTN: A lot of times, there's more focus on classical and jazz and theatre as the arts, but I tend to feel a strong connection to rock, metal, and punk, and feel they are just as much a part of the arts. Would you agree? Do you think screaming and inspiring people to let off steam is a valuable asset to your community?

CV: Hardcore, punk, and metal music are undoubtedly art. Art is expression and whatever is created, no matter what genre, is that said art.  Within punk and hardcore especially, words are written and often times screamed, and that is the emotion being poured out onto the canvas. Those words are backed up by rhythmic drums and heavy guitars and overall what is created is something very cathartic and contagious.

HTN: What about as members of a heavier band? Do you feel like performing is cathartic and/or healing in any way?

CV: I think all of us share the same vital-ness of music. If we ever have to reschedule a practice there’s a very tangible feeling of anxiousness between the four of us until we meet up. As mentioned before, being on stage as Crown Vic and watching people mosh and dance is a very humbling and motivating feeling. We are all involved in other musical projects outside of Crown, and I think those outlets are what keeps us all motivated and happy.

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HTN: Talk about your new single. Will your new single be a part of an EP? A full length? Would you say Crown Vic's music is evolving in any way, sonically? Or are you strengthening what was there, before?

CV: Our latest track, “The Old” is a stand alone single. It was initially grouped with an EP but we decided to scrap the other recordings. That’s mainly due to how much we’ve changed sonically. “The Old” is very much an example of the harshness we try to establish in our tunes, but many of our older tracks have been manipulated through experience and have become something much more focused. Our new material is very much inspired by Black Metal, while maintaining heaviness,  and we are really honing in on our tonal value and dynamics overall. We’re heading to the studio very soon.

**The Old is available on all music platforms. Look for more music from Crown Vic, soon!

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