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08

Ichabod Crane

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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

I’m Scott….and We’re called Ichabod Crane.

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

We’re all from Northeast Ohio, but as a band we’re based out of Akron.

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

Our original drummer Andy suggested ‘Ichabod,’ which was already taken, so I suggested we just add ‘Crane’ to it and away we went. So far, we haven’t won over Johnny Depp as a fan, but we’ll get him one day.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

I play guitar and handle main vocals, Mike plays guitar, Matt plays bass (they both do backup vocals live) and Brandon plays drums.

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

We’re a metal band, so we keep it mostly to straight thrashing onstage, though we’ve been known to toss out inappropriate jokes between songs from time to time.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

We usually categorize our sound as thrash metal, though purists would probably stone us for it. I recently explained our style as ‘Skynyrd meets Slayer meets At the Gates.’

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?

We’ve been around for 4 years and have gone through the requisite lineup changes, and now have a solid group of friends with a unified musical vision. We released a handful of demos, and then self-produced a full-length this past summer called “Wearing the Horns” with Andrew D’Cagna at Sacred Sound Studio in Martins Ferry OH. It felt  great to finally record the album and Andrew is an amazing professional, and made the process very easy for us. We rerecorded a few of the songs from the album as well as our cover of Motownphilly by Boyz II Men in the fall with our current lineup, and have been playing shows to get the word out about what we do.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

4 years officially.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

Mike and I met 2 year ago when both of our bands were searching for second guitarists; I auditioned for his band, then asked if he would be interested in joining Ichabod. Brandon and Matt are more recent additions to the band, but we’ve all been friends for years.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

As with most bands, the hardest thing is finding a solid lineup with similar musical tastes and desires. The same can be said for Ichabod.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

Luckily we’re all employed, so we don’t have to worry too much if the band isn’t making money at any given time, though it is nice to pay for merch and band transportation from the band fund!

Afresh: Everyone loves a celebrity so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Haha, I’d hardly call anyone in Ichabod a celebrity, even if people know us as members of this band (always a nice ego boost). But to the aspiring musicians out there, I’d just say keep your skin hard- it’s a tough business. Being a musician IS a business, as you are selling your art and image, and it can be very difficult to take constructive criticism. I can speak for everyone in Ichabod Crane when I say this. We take the good with the bad on a daily basis.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

While they may not understand the screaming or the stage antics, our respective parents always support our musical endeavors.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

I don’t know about the rest of the guys, but my dad has always played acoustic guitar, and I grew up around a lot of musicians. I’m sure that affected my decision to pursue music.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

We all love metal, but I also have a huge thing for classic rock, while Brandon and Mike listen to a lot of hip-hop.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

Eh, not particularly. Let’s just stick to shameless band promotion for now. Hah.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

Probably the fact that we really just love to write and perform. We’re all addicted to music, and are compelled to make our own.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

We pull influences from all over, it’d take hours to name off all of our musical heroes.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

Mike and I write the guitar riffs pretty much equally and bring partial or whole songs to Brandon and Matt who then critique and write their arrangements. I write the lyrics and vocals, and most of our artwork and merch design.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

Getting a lead singer? Haha. We take a lot of fire for being a 4-piece, but the original concept was for a 4-piece metal band in opposition to all of the 5-pieces out there, so it’s just a running joke we have (we even got shirts made about it!). Honestly, nothing comes to mind that we SHOULD change that we couldn’t if needed.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

Not really. Most people that dig our music are pretty down-to-earth.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

Dressing room? We’re not Motley Crue… Most of the time we’re at the merch table before and after our sets.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

We never do embarrassing stuff in public. We save it for band practice.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

Huge panties. We wore them as raincoats.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

The time we invented the piano-key necktie.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

I don’t really have an answer for that.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

As I mentioned earlier, we’re just trying to play out and get our music out to new people as much as possible. We’re already 3-4 songs deep in material for our second album, and are working on additional endorsements, reviews, etc for our past releases. It’d be nice to get signed before releasing the new album too (wink wink!).

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

We’d love to open for At the Gates. Those dudes are pretty much the epitome of extreme music.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

We regularly make our way to Wheeling WV, which is roughly a 2-hour drive from Akron. We haven’t had the opportunity to tour yet, as we save to purchase a van.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

Not really. Unless you count the shows where we make no money, hah.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

We are currently DIY, but we’re looking for endorsements, sponsors and possibly a label.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?

We were recently interviewed and reviewed by Crucible Webzine. The link can be found in the blog on our MySpace.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

We have a YouTube account, we regularly post live clips when they become available.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

MySpace: www.myspace.com/ichabodcranemetal

FaceBook: www.facebook.com/ichabodcranemetal

YouTube: www.youtube.com/ichabodcranemetal

ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/ichabodcranemetal

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