The long wait is finally over! The High Crook has officially released their first EP and it’s called “A Dog’s Tale”. We’ve already encountered The High Crook once before, and in that interview we had talked to them regarding many things: their music, their influences, and also their then-upcoming album – but we had merely touched the subject. This time we caught up with the guys once again and we’ve gone over the album in more depth. Check out the interview down below, listen to and support the new music being made!
“A Dog’s Tale” is comprised of 6 tracks. When we talk about a band’s ‘sound’, we tend to imagine a monotonous sort-of ‘sound’, in the sense that the band’s music sounds consistently similar. Quite contrarily, The High Crook’s uniqueness seems to come from the diversity of their sound, from one track to another! Each of the six tracks is crafted in a mix of various styles of music, centred primarily on the bluesy/rock guitar work, solid but groovy bass and drum accompaniment, minimal but practical use of guitar effects, and down-to-earth vocals. The sound never loses itself towards technicality and instead tries to remain fresh and firmly grounded in simple musical principles. The most impressive feature of the album is that it is effective!
BongRong: Hello, THC, how’s it going? You’re EP is finally out, what’s the response been like?
THC: Hey guys! It’s been good… People are enjoying it a lot and loving it… The day we released our EP online the FB likes on our page went up by 150. Online response has been terrific, more than what we expected, but, regarding the organizers, we haven’t heard from them nor got any replies, and we are pretty sure they have not heard it.
BongRong: A band’s first release is always very close to their hearts, how are you guys feeling about it?
THC: It’s great! It feels nice to put down all your emotions artistically in a manner in which you envisioned it. But, “it’s a long road to the top if you wanna rock n roll”. This is just a start, our journey has just begun, there’s more to come.
BongRong: How were the recording sessions? We heard that they were all midnight sessions!
THC: The recording sessions were amazing! The place,Muzik Factory, had everything a band requires, and the best part is the analog inputs and that we get recorded at the same time. And it was a great experience because we were working with a great human being, Ryan Baker; without his presence and inputs, this EP of ours wouldn’t have sounded so complete…We owe a lot to him for making this EP sound the way we imagined it to be…And the sessions were of 3 days, all 9pm-7am, and as musicians you want to work all night long… Lastly, we would say that, without thinking twice, bands in this city should save up and go to Muzik Factory for their recordings.
BongRong: Tell us the story behind the naming of the EP, “A Dog’s Tale”.
THC: It’s A Dog’s Tale. However hard you try, it remains crooked. However popular mainstream music gets, however easy success becomes with Pop, we will never stop rockin’ n rollin’… And yeah it’s a tale and not a tail because it’s a story about a kid, who has indulged in every vice possible through this city of joy, drugs, sex, rock ‘n’ roll, betrayals, cheating, success, failures… And all these emotions only a dog can juggle with his happily wagging crooked tail, without a change his tale… Hence, A Dog’s Tale.
BongRong: Did you guys have a vision of how you wanted the EP to be, or was it more like take-it-as-it-comes?
THC: No no, it was properly planned… We had composed 12 songs, and were confused about what to produce – an EP or an LP? But, then we realized no one in this city will any way give us a show, so instead of wasting our money, we decided upon making a 6 track EP, because there are people who believe in our music and we didn’t want to let them down by doing nothing or making shit music… Hence we made an EP describing our sound, which gives the feel of the old school, but, not a feel too far away from the current times… The toughest task was choosing those 6 tracks. That was the moment when we all were totally screwed up in the head.
BongRong: It’s very hard to categorize your music into a particular genre. It seems to be something like blues-rock with pop-sensibilities that has a much deeper message. What is your message?
THC: It’s very hard to categorize because we made each song according to the emotion a particular song demanded. Hence, you may see a lot of anger, in say, CFE, and it gives a grunge feel, but, then again Things We Do gets you dancing with a mellow chorus. Each tune is an honest expression of what we want to put across, and our tunes differentiate according to each song’s meaning.
The message is plain and simple, don’t lie to yourselves, be honest about putting down your emotions musically, don’t be a pretentious fuck… Keep it simple.
BongRong: So, now that your first release is finally out, where will the band be heading next?
THC: We have shows outside Kolkata, because the organizers in B’lore, Pune and Delhi responded faster to us than those in our local scene and they did hear the whole EP… They love our tunes…
And we are making more music, composing more than ever, planning the progression of this EP, and many such formalities… Our launch show is yet to be done in Cal, that too will be happening soon, and the hard copies of our EP are arriving too, so people can buy them off us… And the band is heading next towards making an LP, probably one with 14 tracks, and learning how not to give up on the local scene of this city.
Check It Out!
The High Crook - A Dog's Tale (EP)