Crackout. Remember them? Go on, delve into the deepest darket corners of your mind i'm sure the name will ring a bell. It may seem asthough they have disapeared in a rock and roll filled haze but fear not, they are alive and well.
After bagging a few support slots for the ever popular InMe, Crackout have been beaving away in the studio, recording their 2nd album and preparing to rock you into oblivion.
Steven managed to take a few minutes out of his oh so busy life to answer a few questions. Hold onto your hats, Crackout are on their way back!
Apart from world domination, what plans do you have for 2003?
Just to make the best record we possibly can. We are all really excited and very confident about it. From there hopefully we can play some nice festival spots and have a really good time.
Along with Vex Red, Lostprophets and Hundred Reasons, you've been named as one of the bands to basically help kick nu-metals ass! How do you feel about this and are you willing to except the challenge?!
I think nu-metal has pretty much dug its own grave. Personally i don't really feel any connection to it and if anything we have moved away from the heavier side of our music. For us it’s much more important to just do what we do well on our own. We don't feel part of a scene or feel like we have any other purpose than to make the best music we can, (and protect the earth from the inevitable invasion by creatures from the sea).
You've supported some pretty impressive bands on tour, are there any bands who you have expected to be really nice, or be typically rock'n'roll with TV out of hotel window type antics, but have disappointed you?
Not really, in general everyone we have toured with has been really nice, we have made a lot of great friends. I've never known anyone do anything particularly "rock and roll" that sort of thing is pretty much a myth and the windows in most hotels only open about 3cm. Actually that reminds me of a story where a band wanted to throw a TV out of a window and when they realised it wouldn't fit they had to settle on throwing out the phone. I think that sums up the futility of the situation. I wouldn't do it i guess because its a bit clichéd and if i wanted to be a cliché i wouldn't have joined a band in the first place. Was that a rant?
What do you think about the sudden trend of bands like SClub Juniors and other really young kids getting record deals?
I think it's funny. Calvin is my favourite SClub Junior.
Have you ever had any strange fan requests?
Not really, none that i can think of anyway. I get email asking for signed stuff and interviews, stuff like that. I do as much as i can, it makes me feel loved (ha ha). Actually, i have had to odd email asking us to play at birthday parties and stuff like that, that’s a little odd i suppose.
Would you do a duet with Westlife if it meant you could headline a major festival?
No, but i would consider it for serious financial gain.
How proud were your parents when one of your songs was played in the background on Emmerdale?
Actually i don't think my parents watch Emmerdale, we are really more of an Eastenders household. It was actually retty strange for a band like us to be on there though. I really can not get my head round it at all. However it is probably our biggest achievement yet.