EMQ’s with FLEISCHKRIEG
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Los Angeles, California based Industrial Metal band, FleischKrieg. Huge thanks to lead vocalist/songwriter Richard Cranor, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Richard Cranor, I’m the lead singer and chief songwriter. I met our guitarist (Thomas Crawford) while I was an uber driver in Seattle. I had just started FleischKrieg as a solo project and asked Thomas to contribute guitars. When he realized the songs I was demoing were half-decent, he invited me down to LA to write and record an actual album.
How did you come up with your band name?
“Fleisch Krieg” literally means Flesh War in German. Every day on this planet we’re fighting a war of self-preservation and personal sovereignty. Our body, mind, and soul are under constant attack from the descendants of Mesopotamian gods. It’s a daily battle.
What region/country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
USA…it’s growing stronger all the time.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We’re about to release our debut album in the fall entitled “Herzblut”. We’ve released two singles from that album, ‘Fool’s Folly’, and more recently ‘Reach’, both of which have music videos. They both give listeners a taste of what’s to come both sonically and visually. We’re going to release one more single in September. It’s a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’. It’s definitely a heavier take on the 80’s classic that won’t disappoint.
‘Reach’ (Official Video)
‘Fool’s Folly (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Definitely Rammstein, Die Krupps, and Depeche Mode. So much metal and electronic beauty in all those bands.
What first got you into music?
Girls. Just kidding. A really cool stoner guy gave me an SG rip off guitar for free. I learned some Black Sabbath/Metallica riffs and before you know it, I was addicted.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I think it would be fun to jam with Dee Snider personally. He was such a big influence of mine when I was a kid growing up.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It would have to be any of the large goth-industrial festivals in Germany; M’era Luna, Wav-Gotik-Treffen, Wacken. They’re true believers over there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Amateur gay porn clips in my DM on Instagram. Very up close and personal. Amazing technique…
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Gay porn is fine but I would appreciate it if you sent me some straight porn every now and then too.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Bob Marley. Because one night while peaking high on a pot brownie a Satanist gave me…Bob Marley came to me in a vision and let me know a little secret: Bob Marley and Jesus Christ were the same person. So, by all means, let’s get Bob Marley back.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Being a singer in an industrial metal band is the only thing I can say I honestly can’t trump. There’s nothing else on this planet I think I could be doing that’s a better use of my time, my energy. It just feels like the thing I should be doing. I hate the financial and other costs involved with trying to keep things going.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I guess a better way for undiscovered artists to get compensated better, in order to give it their best go in the beginning.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Pretty Hate Machine” by NIN. It pretty much opened the door to all things industrial.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Honestly, I love buying cassettes these days. They’re nostalgic and adorable. Vinyls are great for listening to and artwork.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I think my favourite gig was when we were filming ‘Reach’. We set up in an alley in North Hollywood, no permits. Our manager stepped in human poop. We rocked out with cars driving by and nobody stopped us. Kind of cool.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Miss Venezuela and 4 of her hottest friends.
What’s next for the band?
More live shows, and EP. We’ve all got cabin fever and can’t wait to get out and start sharing more of our stuff with the world.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.FleischKrieg.com is a great place to start.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Not sure but either tastes good going down my pie hole.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
What the hell is a Jaffa Cake lol…
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