Abbey Crane - Exclusive GIGsoup Interview

Abbey Crane – Exclusive GIGsoup Interview

Abbey Crane talks industrial rock and thinking outside the box.

“Artists that don’t put themselves in a box and don’t say this is what we are and do the same thing over and over again because it just gets predictable.”

Carrion are an industrial/rock band from Norway, who produce sullen and gloomy Marliyn Manson-esque songs. Formed in 2012 by the wonderfully eccentric Abbey Crane, this band are the epitomy of dark rock, with a haunting atmosphere and lyrics dealing with subjects about religion and the occult.

In 2014, the band released their debut album titled ‘Religious Device’ and rapidly received radio play from various US radio station:

“The sound of Carrion was at first heavily influenced by electronic music, but by the time the sophomore album ‘Shadowsphere’ was released, the sound had changed to a darker, more industrial/ambient style.”

Carrion are currently on Hiatus since March 2015, but GIGsoup were able to sit down on skype with Crane to have a chat about the bands music and ask about Carrion’s hopes for the future.

So, you formed the band in 2012, what made you want to start Carrion?

I’ve always loved music, I was playing guitar since I was 8 and I was in a band since I was 13. I loved anything from dark metal to glam rock, so then I got into the whole industrial/electro thing and I decided to try that.

To begin with, you said the band was heavily influenced by electronic music but then became darker and more industrial. What kick-started the change in genre?

Well the thing was really just that the first album ‘Religious Device’ was more electronic and I guess it was okay when I made it, but when I looked back at it I was like wait, I don’t even like this kind of music. I grew up listening to punk and rock, like Motley Crue and all that but you know shit happens. After realising that’s not what I wanted to do I started working on more darker, industrial stuff.

Do you have any big musical influences?

I mean, not really in the sense of looking at a band or genre and thinking that’s what I want to do, but I do like artists that tend to change a lot. I listen to anything from black metal to mainstream pop like Lady Gaga, so I think its just boring to do the same thing over again. Artists that change like Psyclon Nine who started of more electronic then became a more darker, black metal mix and you know like David Bowie. Artists that don’t put themselves in a box and don’t say this is what we are and do the same thing over and over again because it just gets predictable.

Do you have a message that you want to send or a story to tell through your music?

Well, I’m very into religion and the occult and things like that so a lot of the lyrics are inspired by various experiments within the occult and dreams that I’m having. But there is no specific message or anything; people can interpret it any way they want.

You are currently on hiatus, what are the reasons behind the band wanting to take a break?

From releasing the first album in 2014, I instantly started working on a second album and EP’s and remixes and when the second album came out last august, I immediately started working on a third album again so it was basically just non stop all the time, and it just gets fucking tiring. I don’t do anything thing else, I don’t go to school, I don’t have a job; music is the only thing I do. And its more than your regular job. It just got tiring and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. But I’m working on bringing it back again and I’m doing other projects and stuff which will eventually be released.

What are Carrion’s plans/hopes for the future?

I don’t really have any…you know, I don’t expect to be rich or on the cover of magazines and all that. It’s almost like a cliché to say that music is the only thing musicians can do and that they cant do anything else- but it really is. I don’t have education, I don’t have a plan B, either this succeeds to some extent or I just starve to death. You know, its great motivation really. But, as long as I’m able to survive of it then that’s the only thing I want really- surviving off the thing you really love.

How do you find the music scene in Norway?

I don’t know, because I’m very much a hermit. I live in a really small town, the kind where everyone knows each other, but I wasn’t born here so I’m still the outsider even though I’ve lived here since I was 4. But I know that went I was younger, much too young to do anything with music really, there used to be a scene here of punk and black metal, that kind of stuff. Now its… I don’t even know who does music in my town anymore. But overall in the country, of course there’s loads of metal stuff. But it seems to be there isn’t much a scene or several scenes, just random groups of people doing what they want to do whether its ambient or black metal or whatever.

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