INTERVIEW: BEHIND CRIMSON EYES

Behind Crimson Eyes – a band that shaped and defined my teenage years – last week announced their comeback tour after a well-deserved hiatus. We spoke to guitarist, Aaron Schultz about line up changes, BCE’s career  and how much can change in twelve months.
By Meghan Player
– Obviously, the biggest thing to talk about is the fact that you’re back – what’s been happening? 
[Laughs] Yes we’re back! A lot’s been happening in the last 18 months that’s for sure. We just decided it was time to take 6-12 months off, get a bit of normality back in our lives for the first time in a long time, and then come back with a fresh perspective on things. That’s exactly what we did.
Our vocalist Josh was super busy working as a software engineer both here and San Francisco, our bassist Garth moved to Newcastle to open a cafe, and our drummer Dan took over as permanent drummer for 28 Days. I got myself a full time job and continued to DJ at a few clubs here in Melbourne on the weekends.
– Evidently, a lot can change in a period of time – most notably you have a new guitarist on board – what motivated/inspired you to continue under the BCE name?
It was never going to be a permanent break, as I said. We just had to wait til the time was right to get back into it… and earlier this year it became apparent that the time was right. We had our first rehearsal in April and we invited our friend Andrew Lim along to jam with us. He’s an amazing singer/songwriter, awesome guitarist, and long time friend of ours so when we decided we wanted to go back to a 5 piece it made sense for us to bring him on board. He’s a perfect fit.
– Has the band changed as well during that time – sound wise? 
The million dollar question! I guess we’ve always been a band that has constantly progressed and changed in style. As proud and happy as we are with our self titled album, that was a product of 5 guys being in completely different places, musically, and I suppose that’s why the change in sound was so drastic.
Since then I think we’ve realized that we should probably stick to what we’re good at [laughs] and that’s loud, energetic, heavy music. Personally, I’ve been listening to a lot of the bands and albums I was listening to when BCE first started which has given me so much motivation and inspiration to write music reminiscent of our first two EP’s, and maybe even slightly heavier.
– Are you approaching making music differently?
It feels totally different, in a good way, already.. and we haven’t even played our first show back yet. We’re having so much fun in the studio just hanging out and working on the set. Before we took our break things were feeling stale and not as much fun as it all had been in earlier BCE days, whereas now it’s like 5 best mates making music together.
– What are you looking forward to most about returning to the music scene?
Definitely playing shows again. BCE made a name for ourselves by putting on extremely energetic lives shows. We’ve got such a solid and dynamic lineup now that I’m stoked to get back on the road and remind our fans why they fell in love with BCE in the first place.
– How have your fans reacted to the announcement?
It’s been overwhelming really. Our fans seem genuinely stoked that we’re doing shows again and we can’t wait to get out and see them all again. Unfortunately this time we’re not heading to W.A. or Tasmania, but hopefully we’ll get to both those places on our next tour.
– Is there a new album in the works? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
There’s definitely a new recording in the works. I’m not sure, at this stage, whether it’ll be a full length or an EP though. We’ve got so many new tracks that we wrote before our break, we continued to write throughout our break, and we’ll continue to write after the tour. So there’s definitely not a shortage of new material. I can’t really tell you much more than that, but we’re pretty excited about the recording process/experience ahead of us!
– Do you think that your live sets will change?
For sure! We’re always going to play a lot of old material, and on this upcoming tour a majority of the tracks are from our first 2 EP’s and demo’s, but you won’t hear any new tracks live until we tour again in 2013.
– What’s next for the band? More tour dates? Hitting the studio?

I believe the plan is to do this small run of shows, spend a few months doing some solid writing, then hit the studio and record. Hopefully we’ll get to play some festival shows over the Summer, then do a couple of solid tours in 2013. Good times ahead!

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Many thanks to Aaron for taking the time to chat to us. A special thanks to Chris @ Destroy All Lines.

Behind Crimson Eyes will be playing the following dates/venues – with tickets only available on the door:

THURSDAY 2 AUGUST @ HOT DAMN, SYDNEY
34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW. Door sales only. 18+ ID Required.
FRIDAY 17 AUGUST @ BLACK MARKET, ADELAIDE
141 Currie Street, Adelaide, SA. Door sales only. 18+ ID Required.
THURSDAY 23 AUGUST @ SNITCH, BRISBANE
648 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD. Door sales only. 18+ ID Required.
THURSDAY 30 AUGUST @ NEXT, MELBOURNE
Cnr King & Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, VIC. Door sales only. 18+ ID Required.
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