Can you please introduce yourself and your role in Crisis In Hollywood?
I’m Adrian, I sing and play guitar for Crisis in Hollywood.
Your album Safe and Sound came out on May 12. Overall, how do you feel about this album? What has been the fan reaction to the release?
This album has been a life changing experience for all of us. From the ground up it was something new. With the opportunity it presented, there was a bit of a time crunch on the writing, but regardless, I think we’re all really happy with the reaction we’ve been getting. While many of our fans still love our first album, Safe and Sound opened a few doors creatively for us and so far, everyone is digging it.
How do you think your new album Safe And Sound is different from your previous work?
You could say we’ve grown since the first album. I think that Safe and Sound is far from perfect, and I could pick it apart for days, but we started to understand more of who we were on this album and what we wanted to create. I think our best album will always be whatever is next, but when I watch people listen to the new one, I feel like we’re heading in the right direction.
What song(s) are you most proud of and why?
Really, I’m proud of the album as a whole. The writing process became a frenzy when we found out we would be recording sooner than planned, and we had a total of 18 songs to choose from by the deadline. For me, knowing the metamorphoses of a some tracks is incredible. I still hang on to early demos of songs like “Don’t Overact” which was an up tempo punk song before we decided to pull a 180 and tone it down to get a new vibe for the album.
How was working with Bayside’s Anthony Raneri on this album?
Anthony is a great guy and when the opportunity came to work with him, we jumped at it. We were together for 5 weeks in the studio working on this album and he came in with a lot of focus and great advice that we’ve kept with us. It’s always good to have a mentor become a friend, and creating something with a man we’ve respected for years was a dream come true.
What are your touring plans for the remainder of the year?
Touring is the number one priority. We’re just finishing up our “Survive the Swine ’09” tour with Hand to Hand up the east coast, and we’re plotting out a west coast tour with those guys again very soon. We live to tour. Sleeping in our van is something that’s not for everyone, but it’s right for us.
How did Crisis in Hollywood come together as a band?
Before CiH, we were all friends. In fact, we’ve all played together in separate bands throught the years. Just before this band got together, Andy and I had formed From Adam to Atom, and midway through we picked up Logan. After a few problems with the line up, we threw our hats in and decided to build something we loved from scratch. We recruited Daniel, who we already knew would be a perfect fit, and set up our first show on Super Bowl Sunday in 2007
Do you have any interesting and/or funny stories from the road/recording/life?
We had a night off in NC, and instead of wasting it with sleep recovery, we decided to hit an open mic. The problem was the only one available was a small country bar. Not exactly our style. We showed up anyway and were welcomed with open arms to the crowd composed of men and women 30 years our senior. We set up after an amazing jam band and ripped through a few of our songs. Surprisingly, the crowd loved us and helped us pay our way to the next city. But before we left it was time to party. Unfortunately, the best parts of the night are probably things I can’t talk about, but use some imagination and you’re probably right. They were a people set in their ways, and who were we to turn down any offers? All I can really say is that we will absolutely be returning. As soon as possible.
What goals do you have for Crisis in Hollywood for the future?
Like I said, touring is number one for us right now, although we have been writing our asses off and we’ve got some exciting songs on the horizon. But as for now, we hope to see everyone across the United States.
How did you guys get started playing music?
We’ve all been playing for years. I can’t say how everyone started up, but personally, about 10 years ago, my father surprised me with a guitar one day and the dream was born. He taught me my first chords and after he died a few years later, I found myself with a purpose and more drive to do what I love than ever before.
Any last words for our readers?
In the words of our newest 62 year old friend Harry, “Boogety, boogety.”