PIZZA CRUNCH Tell All About Their New Single, Their Backstory And Working In The Studio In Our Insightful Interview
We recently grilled PIzza Crunch whose new single 'Wilting Youth' is out now.
OSM: How long have Pizza Crunch been together and where did you form?
So I think we’ve been going about 2 and a half years now. We formed in Glasgow, Me, Nico and Nathan all met at uni.
OSM: Where did the name come from? It is so unique and brilliant.
I’m glad you think so, I subscribe to the notion that the name is pretty awful. I’m hoping it doesn’t put people off haha. We had a gig booked and needed a name, we went for something trivial so as not to appear too serious. It’s a bit of a stinker but there are plenty of great bands with shit names. I think we’d had a few pints when we made the decision.
OSM: Your new single, ‘Wilting Youth’ is out now. What was the songwriting and recording process of the track?
Yeah so like a few ofour upcoming tracks, the lyrics came first for this one. I wrote the kind of rough ones at the park one day and then tidied them up a little when I get home. I built the guitar chords around it then took it to the studio with the full band and we built up the parts from there. We had it in a good state when it came to recording so it was a pretty smooth day in the studio which is always nice.
OSM: Chris Marshall produced, mixed and mastered the single, which sounds amazing. How was your experience working with Chris?
Yeah all of our songs have involved Chris in some way. We’ve previously recorded without him and sent him the songs to mix, but this one we were in with him all day. It’s always great working with him, he’s so slick at what he does and the song almost sounds ready before he’s mixed it because he prepares so well. Great engineer/producer, would highly recommend him to any artist looking for someone.
OSM: What is the theme of the song, what is its message?
I guess the overall theme of these upcoming songs is time and our lack of control over it. Wilting Youth in particular is about being aware you’ve transitioned into a new stage of life you are not as comfortable with as previous ones.
OSM: What challenges has the band faced since launching your career?
Yeah i love being in the band and everything that comes with it, there are always going to be tricky parts but they don’t feel like challenges when you enjoy them. There have been a few songs recently that have taken a stupid amount of time to get ready, so I’d say that was a challenge, an enjoyable one though. I think suppose sometimes when a particular song doesn’t do as well as you hoped, or a gig isn’t selling as quickly as the last one, those moments can be tough.
OSM: What are the plans for the year ahead for Pizza Crunch?
We are just finalising a more expansive project right now. I think we’ve done enough singles and we’re hoping to produce a body of work this time around. Also playing gigs in Inverness, Glasgow, Manchester, London and a few festivals. I think our biggest thing is to keep writing and evolving.
OSM: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
That’s a tough question, I’m not sure. I think perhaps the way we now consume music encourages releasing singles upon singles and this sometimes stops bands doing more interesting, weird things. You’ve got a lot more room on EP's and albums to try something a little different, whereas with a single there is so much pressure to make the song radio friendly, which can get in the way of the sound you want to make deep down.
OSM: If you could share the stage with another band or performer who would it be?
It would be cool to share the stage with LCD Soundsystem. They arrive on stage with a factory of synths and sounds which we could never dream of making.
OSM: What songs are on your playlist right now, which songs are you into at the moment?
The new Foals album has been getting rinsed, also a lot of Billie Eilish and Mac Miller. Fontaines DC and Yard Act are favourites for all of us too.
OSM: And finally, does pineapple belong on Pizza?
For me personally, I’d rather not. If you think it tastes good though, don’t let anyone stop you.
'Wilting Youth' is out now and you can listen to the track below.
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