Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens and current frontman of Boston rock outfit The Dear Hunter, joined Change The Record for our first interview.
Could you tell us your name and what you do in the band?
My name is Casey Crescenzo and I play guitar, piano, and sing for The Dear Hunter.
Thanks once again for doing this, Casey. First of all, I’d just like to touch upon the fact you played with The Receiving End Of Sirens at their last ever show. How did it feel playing with them again?
Playing the final TREOS show was an amazing experience. The thought had never even manifested itself as a dream- that I might play with them again- but when they offered me the opportunity I saw it as more than just playing a few shows. I am quite grateful that I got the chance, and I will remember the feeling from on stage for a long time
Now moving onto The Dear Hunter, for those people reading this who haven’t yet heard the band, how would you describe the sound?
I would say that it is a band trying to move music along by pulling from a wide range of influences. I love older music, but I dont like gimmicks, so I try to write with respect to everything that has inspired me. What comes out on the other end is a mashup of styles and sounds new and old.
What or who were your inspirations when you decided to start the project?
Originally the idea was really just to make music based on a story. I was still in TREOS when I started TDH and I was not going to jump ship (in my head). It started from a purely creative place in my mind.
Act I was the first of a six act story, without giving too much away, could you give the readers a basic synopsis of how the story begins?
The story begins with the birth of the main character. The first act is really about the relationship of the mother and son, and what she has to go through to keep him alive and thriving. She decides to raise him removed from harsh realities, and tries to abandon her life as well- but her selflessness soon turns her back to old habits, and she ruins herself for him.
This basically sets the tone for the entire project.
It was revealed a while ago that you were writing a book based on the story of Act II, how has that progressed?
The book is finished but I have no budget to publish. I have to find a company or an investor of sorts before I can actually get the thing to print. I am quite proud of the book, and confident people would enjoy it, so you can imagine it is a bit upsetting just sitting on it.
Have you started the recording sessions for Act III yet? If so, how are they going? If not, when do you hope to start the recording? Furthermore, may we have a tiny clue as to how the story progresses?
Right now we are still finishing up the demoing stage of the record. We want to have everything laid out in blueprint form before we go in and start the final recordings of the record. The record, I feel, is mirroring our lives, and revealing itself as a more mature and majestic set of songs and movements. As far as the realm the story is entering- the best thing I can say is that the boy is going to war.
Do you have a tentative release date yet?
There is no release date set, but I am shooting for a April/May release.
Where is your favourite place to play live and where would you aspire to play in the future?
So far Philadelphia, PA has been the most welcoming. Otherwise, everywhere we go we try to make the most of the show and surrounding area. I would love to get to the UK and other areas of the world- I feel very sheltered and exclusive to the US, and believe we could really inspire folks in other regions.
Is there a particularly song either with The Dear Hunter, The Receiving End Of Sirens or maybe a song that we haven’t heard as of yet that you are particularly proud to have written?
Well I try not to let pride or confidence creep into my head too often, but there are musical moments where I felt they were good indications that I am growing as a creative individual. With Battesimo Del Fuoco I felt I was beginning to understand arrangement. With His Hands Matched His Tongue I felt that I had made a large step with lyrics. With The Oracles on the Delphi Express I felt that I had made progress in the ability to lose myself in a style of music and do justice to the integrity of its palette. I am always trying to improve myself, so when I have a moment where things click sonically, it is a bit of an affirmation that maybe I have a place doing this.
What are the chances of The Dear Hunter playing this side of the pond this year?
I hope 100%.
What will this year consist of for The Dear Hunter?
I want to make a big impact this year. It seems like we missed the mark a bit with the release of Act II and that we didnt take advantage of some of the opportunities we had- we want to make use of every avenue presented to us.
I believe you plan to release nine albums which will each be a different colour of the spectrum. Could you explain more about this venture please as it sounds very interesting
This is more of a personal growing project for me. I wanted to challenge myself and create something that I knew was a bit beyond my ability. The project is on the back burner at the moment, but the general idea is to write a short EP for each of the colors of the visible spectrum, and then an EP for White and Black.
You were recently involved in the making of Razia’s Shadow by Thomas Dutton. Did you enjoy playing O The Scientist?
Yes. It was a great project and I have a great amount of respect and admiration for Thomas for orchestrating a great record. It is one of the best albums of the last 5 years.
Finally, Who is the #1 band that you expect to get much bigger this year?
The bands I really expect to get much bigger are also my least favorite bands. I HOPE that a band like Forgive Durden, or Envy on the Coast would grow.
Thank you very much for your time Casey, it is most appreciated. I personally cannot wait to hear Act III nor until you come over here on tour.
Thank you so much for taking the time and interest in TDH. We are all grateful, and I hope we make it out your way ASAP. Take care and stay well!
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