10 Quick Ones with SHAUN SMAIL of SPIRAL CRUSH – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Michigan based rock band Spiral Crush has released their third album, Electric Life, which was self-produced with Andy Patalan (Sponge). Spiral Crush is currently in the studio working on their next album, due out late 2017.” We get guitarist / vocalist Shaun Smail to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest album Electric Life is high energy Rock ‘N Roll. It’s guitars, bass and drums. Music you drive fast to. It’s upbeat and positive. As for any hidden nuggets, well you’ll just have to spend some time listening to it and find them for yourself.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Spandex. We always wanted to wear spandex. Just kidding.  For myself and my brother Scott it was when we borrowed a Quiet Riot tape from a friend on our bus in grade school.  It just sounded rebellious and tough but fun as well. Our bass player Jimmy says its when he saw the documentary Cliff ‘Em All from Metallica.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Collectively we would say The Beatles, Kiss, Van Halen, Metallica and Tool. That would just be the starting point though. We’re influenced by a lot of bands and styles. Alice In Chains, The Police, Faith No More, Prince, Ratt, Fu Manchu and many more.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Dave Grohl. He seems to know everybody, so we think that would be good for our career. Seriously, does anybody dislike him? He’s written songs that have a strong pop sensibility as well as songs that lean more towards heavy metal. That’s what we do so it would be a good fit in our opinion.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Straight up Rock ‘N Roll. Classic Rock for the modern world. Music you enjoy in your ears.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

First off you don’t have to get up early. You’re hanging with your good friends doing something you enjoy. Creating music. And there are no rules to that. So its enjoyable to just create something you like for yourself first, then hopefully other people dig it as well.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Jimmy is definitely the cook and the first one to pull out an acoustic. We all enjoy having a few drinks and a good laugh.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Owning a club that has live music. Something music related for sure.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

I only wish I could have gotten over the fear and worry about being good enough earlier in my career. It took a long time to get rid if that insecurity. I finally decided I would rather be a bad musician than a great accountant or something I don’t enjoy.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

For me it would be Van Halen’s first album. That is just one of my all-time favorite records. I love the sound and playing. It would be great to see a band before they were legends. Just a young unknown band doing their thing without realizing they were going to change the world.

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10 Quick Ones with SHAUN SMAIL of SPIRAL CRUSH - August 2017

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About the Author: ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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