By Laura Jasmine
Photo by Andrew Carver
Ottawa’s punk phenomena Crvsades are living in exciting times. The band is preparing to release a new LP early next year followed by a European tour, and are opening for their idols Face To Face at the Bronson Centre on November 10.
Singer and guitarist Dave Williams isn’t hiding his buzz about the show.
“I’m super excited, especially because Face to Face was the first punk band that I ever saw play live, and I’ve loved pretty much their whole catalogue,” Williams said. “We haven’t played a big skate punk show in Ottawa so that’ll be like playing to a different crowd than we usually play here. It’s been pretty hard to get all of our schedules together to play shows, but this one I insisted we play.”
The band is heading over for their second European tour in May next year. The 16-day tour will see several shows in Germany, four dates in the UK, a festival in Belgium, and individual shows in Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Hungary.
Williams said Crvsades will be taking a small break between the November show and the Euro Tour to concentrate on their families and other projects after having an intense two years working on the record and playing lots of shows. The band is also looking for a new record label after leaving Gainesville based No Idea Records earlier this year.
The new LP will be released before the tour to give fans time to get to know the new material. The record is very different from the band’s previous material, taking on darker tones than their fans are used to.
Williams said the band released a record three years ago and were not planning on writing a new one quite yet, when his wife’s mother was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and passed away after a year of fighting the illness. Soon after, his best friend’s father died unexpectedly of a heart attack.
“My parents weren’t really around when I was younger so I grew up in both of these people’s houses and they were like parents to me as well. Watching both of these families deal with their parents’ deaths put me in a strange place trying to be supportive, but also at the same time pretty much falling apart and being a dad to my two-year-old daughter who had no idea what was going on,” Williams said. “I just ended up putting on a strong facade for a lot of that time, and feeling the repercussions of it is what the record is about.”
The events touched everyone in the band and Williams credits all of them for being there for him throughout the experience.
“I think because that period of time was so all over the place, the record ended up being a lot more dynamic. We really focused on the chaotic parts as well as the quiet parts a lot more than we have in the past, “ said Williams. “Before we were pretty straight forward, loud and upbeat all the time. It just wasn’t going to work with a lot of the lyrical content this time, so I really wanted the two to reflect one another.”
Williams admits he’s a bit nervous to release an album that is so different from the previous material.
“When booking our new tour, some of the promoters who book hardcore punk shows have commented on it not being what they generally promote, so maybe we don’t really fit into that niche as well as we did before. But on the other hand I’m not going to keep writing things to fit into a specific niche. I can’t help but to write what I’m feeling,” Williams said. “There was an evolution between our first, catchy pop punk album, and the second one that was a bit heavier. I hope people can evolve with us, and I hope the pain we put into this record helps somebody cope with loss too.” •