Tomorrow (Thursday), we have the honor of co-presenting Craft Spells, this Seattle band that we consider as one of the most exciting indie bands around. Obviously, we’re quite happy to have them here in Aarhus, and we hope that Aarhus and HeadQuarters will take great care of Justin Paul Vallesteros and his lovely band.
We’ve had a chat with Justin, and we hereby invite you to warm up to the concert with this interview and the latest single – Our Park By Night:
SOA: Hey! So cool that you’re coming to Denmark. How is the touring life for a Cali band?
CS: “We’re all from Seattle WA, we just want to know where the bathroom is and what the wifi password is.”
SOA: The tour you’re on now is a super heavy tour, is it the first time visiting Europe? How does it work with you creating most of the songs in your own space? Do other band members contribute with their own parts, or do you make most of the music yourself?
CS: “This is our 3rd European tour. I write all the music alone. They start off as 30 second motifs about how I feel that day, I eventually revisit the songs that really stick with me and spend months on finalizing the idea and concept.”
SOA: What’s your major influences?
CS: “Large Mechanical structures in the woods, construction site colors in the foreground against a bright blue sky, watching the reflection of city lights on a calm rippling canal, silos at night and those weird orange wind measure instruments when they are at full mass.”
SOA: How did you guys meet anyway? What’s the story behind Craft Spells?
CS: “There is really no story, I started writing music at the age of 14, as a way to cope for being bullied or feeling any kind of angst.”
SOA: I saw your performance on KEXP on YouTube, and KEXP seem to be really good at promoting local artists. How is it to be a new artist in Seattle? Or in the US?
CS: “Not sure, we keep to our own and write music that is true to us. That doesn’t really represent the sound of what Seattle music is now.”
SOA: This year you released the single ‘Our Park By Night’, is there a new album coming out?
CS: “YES, sure thing!”
Details: Craft Spells (US)
Time: Doors open: 19.00
Venue: HeadQuarters (Presented by Train and SOA)
Price: 115 DKK