Crash Club - The Scott Wanstall Interview

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Crash Club - The Scott Wanstall Interview

Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and possibly about the history of the band? What led you into starting Crash Club?

The idea – rather than the band – started out just after me (Neal) and Aran finished with our old band. Sammy (Todd) wanted to do a remix of a track we had done, which led to us losing sight of that and working on something that was totally different. It wasn't until about a year and a half later that the idea of playing live and giving ourselves a name actually came about.

As a band that has played in Glasgow many times, do you think it is easy to "make waves" in the Glasgow scene? Did Crash Club have to carve its way to where it is now or did it all come naturally?

We've only recently started to get people actually wanting to come and see us to be fair, "making waves" can sometimes only last one gig though, so to keep people interested it takes a lot of work.

To follow on from the previous question, how important do you think the gig attendees are when it comes to scenes rising? Have you noticed any obvious clique mentalities?

Very important, without the attendees there can't be a scene. Every city has different clique. Glasgow of course is the same with the West End scene etc. It's not a bad thing though, it's just people that love a certain style of music and share a similar interests getting together to enjoy whatever that music still is. It's important to remember that not everyone is gonna get what you're trying to do.

Do you have any interesting tales to tell us while being in this band? Any rock 'n' roll antics we should know about?

Ha ha! It's usually pretty rock 'n' roll listening to Sammy's stories from journeys away, but apart from that, the raves in Edinburgh have provided us with plenty of drunken antics and a few whiteys.

Do you feel that while downloads and social media sites currently dominate the music industry that gigs are the last safe haven for bands? Do you think that with music taking a back seat over social networking and download packages that the industry is still a decent place to be?

For an underground band it's a better place to be, just think about the days before Myspace existed… an unsigned band would be able to sell their music in any way that would allow them to make enough money to ensure that they didn't have to keep dipping into their own personal funds. If you don't want to be the biggest band on the planet then you can do everything yourself, from the marketing all the way to the release! DIY labels are all over the place, and are currently working very well… You no longer need to sign with a major label to put out a single!

Where does the name Crash Club actually come from?

Well, it was between CRASH Club and CLASH club. Clash Club would have been a quality name since it's personal for me and Aran; we started off by learning punk when we started playing guitar and bass. You can see it in the style of playing that we actually play as well. I personally love The Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols and Stiff Little Fingers, so the style of bass I play is pretty much driven by straight punk rock. It would have been a cool name, but I don't think we would get away with it, ha ha! I can just imagine an angry Mick Jones walking about Kilwinning looking to "have a word" if we went with the latter.

How important would you say image is to the band? Do you make an effort to maintain a single (evolving?) profile, or do you just go with the flow?

Naw man, we've never gave a fuck about that! I've turned up in a Soviet hat before, while at the same time Aran's been wearing a leather jacket and Sammy's been wearing three-quarter-length shorts! Crash Club is all about the music, making great tunes and putting on the best live show that we can!What are your plans for the future?

Do you have anything exciting lined up?

We've got loads lined up actually! It's been mental just trying to get it all together in time! We're off up to Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Inverness & Glasgow to do gigs in order to promote the next single. We've also actually booked some festivals recently, but we can't go into that till the line ups are officially announced!

Ok Neal, Cheers for the Interview! Best of luck in the future, the last words are yours!

People want easy money in the industry today, so the guitar scene has kind of vanished compared to what it was like ten years ago. BUT! It' not all bad… just look at some of the bands out there right now, creating fuckin banging tunes and putting it out themselves, making some cash and using it to put out more great music! And it's all accessible to the little man thanks to the internet!

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