Without Parachutes’ William Cruger recalls experiences of their CMJ tour in America, the creation of their second EP “This is a Fire” with producer Nick DiDia; playing pinball and discuss plans for 2015.
By Mandy Craig.
Wollongong’s indie rockers, Without Parachutes have definitely had a successful year, with the release of their second EP and getting the chance to experience the American music scene back in October.
Made up of three close friends, Without Parachutes’ sound infuses rock and electronica, and in “This is a Fire” you can hear just that: an intense awesome energy that falls together perfectly to reflect unity within the band.
Having supported bands like Papa VS Pretty and The Getaway Plan, and their music played on not only Triple J, but also college and community radio stations in the US – Without Parachutes just keep rising.
Talking to lead vocalist and guitarist William Cruger, he reveals a deeper look into, “This is a Fire,” what it was like touring in America, and getting to work with producer Nick DiDia; who has worked with Karnivool, Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine and many other big names in the music industry.
“This year has been massive for us as a band,” William explains about the band’s progress, “We’ve officially signed with our wonderful manager, (Danielle Engen) we’ve had the privilege of working with a Grammy award-winning producer, and we took our music overseas to America. We loved everything about this year.”
“When you’re walking down the streets of New York, guitar in hand, you do feel like a bit of a rock star.”
In their tour diaries, Without Parachutes detailed everything about the CMJ and Sounds Australia Tour in America – from meeting up with other Aussie bands, to pizza and getting band tattoos. Aside from these amazing experiences, William recalled the atmosphere of touring in the US and mused what it was like to walk around New York.
“It was such a Jam-packed adventure from start to finish for us, and there wasn’t really a moment for us to stop and breathe in the glory. However, when you’re walking down the streets of New York, guitar in hand, you do feel like a bit of a rock star…
“It was unreal – literally. It’s a pivotal moment in any musicians’ career to take your craft overseas and to be invited to play at such an amazing festival, meeting so many cool and talented people.”
Talking about their second EP release, “This is a Fire,” William described the vibe and feel Without Parachutes wanted to achieve, and how Nick DiDia brought their music to life.
“We wanted to capture the massive energy and sound that we try to produce at every show, which is exactly why we went with Nick DiDia. He has an amazing ability to make a song explode out of the speakers; it’s incredible.”
He then went on to reveal the stories behind some of the tracks off the EP, showing how each song is diverse in what they represent.
“All the songs have a different meaning really. “Penumbra,” is about taking life into your own hands and creating your own chances rather than waiting for everything to fall at your feet. Then you have “Addiction,” and “When we Fall,” which are essentially about love,” William explains, “Each track’s meaning is different and we put them together on this EP because we think they capture the energetic sound of the band.”
Mentioning their writing process, William explained it as fairly straight forward,
“Our creative writing process doesn’t really differ a lot. I generally come out with the bulk of a track, and after some work shopping with the boys, and a lot of demoing; we end up with something we’re proud of. Although to us, a track isn’t really finished until we head up to Byron and finish a mix with Nick.”
“We wanted to capture the massive energy and sound that we try to produce at every show.”
Working with Grammy and Aria award-winning Producer, Nick DiDia on their EP, “This is a Fire” Without Parachutes described the studio time as a humbling experience.
“Walking into Studios 301 for the first time was very humbling,” reveals William talking about his favourite moments working on the EP, “Nick has a wall of awards, which include so many bands that we look up to, so to be amongst that is very surreal. There was a lot of pinball played though, a lot of pinball.”
Without Parachutes also recently released a second music video for their single, “No Time to Lose.” William explained how they wanted to convey their friendship as a band through the video.
“It is an amazing clip put together by our creative director Zaid Alesady, Nick Hunter and the wonderful team at Paper Moose. The plan was to capture the light-hearted aspect of the three of us as best friends, but also show our serious approach to our music and performing.”
Last of all William revealed what plans the band may have in store for 2015:
“We have a lot on the theoretical planner for 2015, including a few tours – both home and abroad…more shows, more film clips, and maybe more records.”
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