Barcelona born purveyors of thrashing clackety noise racket have been rocking hard since 2008. No longer merely a talented youthful group, the boys ended up winning Wacken Metal Battle contest in 2009 and being voted as best upcoming Spanish band in Rock Zone magazine for their debut album, The Menace (2011). Now they are back with their new album From Blue to Black showcasing tracks that are as devastating as they are catchy. Their new album (released 4.15.2016) is available here and don’t forget to click play below! Check out the boys on Facebook for more info.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
My first contact with music was the old dirty classical guitar I had in the closet. Almost broke that piece of crap while playing! But at the age of 14, after seeing some close friends with their brand new electric guitars I took the decision of invest my money in a cheap guitar pack instead of any Playstation game. There began the madness learning my first guitar licks, mostly from Maiden, System of a Down, Blink-182, Metallica, RHCP…easy stuff!
Talking bout the level of success, guess I over exceeded my 14 years-old-expectations, which is cool in a way, but my expectations grows day by day as Crisix grows, so I never reach the finish line, but that’s a very important point of an hungry musician. Anyways it’s cool to remember your first expectations to remember what you’ve done in those long but fast years, thank you guys haha
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised?
If you mean debased to suck any promoter’s dick luckily I’m still virgin on that. We’ve always had the feet on the ground and all the things we’ve achieved have been because of our work, our music and our perseverance. We had always crystal clear what to do and what not to do, we are a good band and we know it, so our values are to proove ourselves before take any shortcuts sucking anyone’s dick.
But I can tell you a funny story when we were playing for the first time at Wacken Open Air back in 2009. On that time we were pretty new on the scene, specially for German metalheads, so we decided to print 500 flyers with the slogan ”FREE SEX” to catch the attention of the lovely drunk metalheads walking around, below the Free sex part there was written in small letter: Now that we’ve catched your attention, please go see Crisix today at Wet Stage at 1:30!. I think none of us had any sexual affair, but we managed it quite good to have a cool audience seeing us at the Wet Stage! That’s the enterpreneurial spirit.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
One of the worst things in metal nowadays is that I won’t be able to see anymore Gary Holt playing with a red stratocaster and Paul Baloff screaming Piranha like a maniac like back in 1985. Ok, on that time I still was inside the balls of my father, but I would pay thousands of bucks to be on that show, really!
Now seriously, some great things I’m seeing is that year by year the new generations (and lots of the old ones) are becoming less music nazis. I can find people headbanging with Slayer and right after that rock out with Posion, and right after that dance a cool Offspring tune. I guess that’s a consequence of the internet era, which I think is great, cause prejudices on music are a great human mistake. Enjoy all the genres of Metal & Rock and be happy!
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We try to reach a lot of issues when it comes to write lyrics, not only movies, party and beer but serious ones, the political and social ones. Spain is going through a lot of changes right now, most of the worthless politicians have stolen from us, lied to us, laughing at our fucking faces. Spanish citizen is full of anger and hate and it’s impossible not to express these feelings in our music and lyrics. We’re tired of lot of things and it’s our duty to deliver a piece of hate to every Crisix fan concerned about the social problems right now.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
My big bro was a great influence, when I was like 8 or 9 he showed me the first Iron Maiden song of my life ‘the number of the beast’, it was like the forbidden apple. We are so lucky to have our families, we are so grateful for their constant support since the very beginning
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
I would probably choose back in 2009, when we were announced winners of the worldwide metal battle, we will always remember those sweet moments forever.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Hard to answer, but I can say that in the interview field, the unexpected questions are very spicy for a musician that has to answer 10 interviews per week.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Our goal is to spread the Crisix name overseas. After our Spanish tour just after the release of our new album ‘From Blue to Black’ we’re about to announce an European/UK tour after summer, and our agency is working on scheduling a Latin American Tour in 2017. It’s going to be a busy time for Crisix, hope to reach more corners of the world, we will keep you all updated.
We have some daily jobs here in our hometown, some of them involved in music. We try to keep us busy.
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?
Right now while I’m doing this spicy interview I’ve listened the vinyl ‘Horses’ from Patti Smith and ‘Minstrel in the Gallery’ from Jethro Tull. It’s like a glass of wine. We all listen a plenty if music genres and non-metal rarities, especially in my case I love the 60’s 70’s rock, doom, blues, bluegrass, folk, irish folk, early punk, 80’s crusty hardcore, music is my morning coffee, and my lullaby when I go to sleep. If I have a day without listening to music I feel kindda sick, I would probably kill myself if I couldn’t listen to music anymore.
So if I could not listen to those two vinyls while answering this interview I would probably be more grumpy with you haha.
Thanks to Crisix for their time. Be sure to check out their new album From Blue to Black here.