Review Fix chats with FleischKriegâ€™s Richard Cranor, who discusses the bandâ€™s origin, goals, creative process and much more.
Review Fix: How did the project start?
Richard Cranor: I had written two songs after debating what to do with my life. I had been working in the film industry for years and despite some success, I felt like something was really lacking. Films take so much money and time, whereas a song can write itself in minutes with no money at all. Plus, thereâ€™s the live performance part of it. Itâ€™s a much more visceral experience than slogging through difficult film shoots.
Shortly after, I met Thomas [Crawford], who was a solo musician with similar tastes. I shared a couple of my first demos with him to put guitars to. FleischKrieg started to grow legs from that point.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Cranor: Personally I like to just open up a synth VST and start pushing buttons, tweaking knobs till I hear something interesting. Then I start laying down drums, and unintelligible vocalizations to try and capture the primal energy of how things are sounding. I like feeling the raw power.
Iâ€™ll then kick the raw draft over to Thomas to lay down guitars and weâ€™ll finalize the composition before putting the final vocals. After all that, weâ€™ll send it to our producer to polish.
What’s your standout song? How was it written? I really like Bloody Prophets. I was being terrorized by alien abduction nightmares so badly I couldnâ€™t sleep. I stayed up all night out of sheer fear of what would happen if I went to sleep again that a really great song was born. I think thatâ€™s a great way to deal with adversity.
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2021?
Cranor: Weâ€™d love to play more live shows. I also really want to get a bunch of new songs out the door.
Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?
Cranor: I want them to feel inspired. Even if theyâ€™ve been through some real ugliness, they should be proud of it. They survived it, right? That says a lot about someoneâ€™s character. I want FleischKrieg music to make people unafraid of the dark. If anything, I want the dark to be afraid of FleischKreig and its fans.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Cranor: A haircut and a Starbucks run. Oh you mean the band? A few live shows hopefully, a European tour in the near future.