Paul Logue (Cry Havoc)
Good to see Cry Havoc back! They relesase their 'Fuel' album with
some extras via Majestic Rock in September with tour dates to come.
|1. What are you currently up
We are currently putting the finishing touches to the demos for our
second album, which will be called "Caught In A Lie". Stevie (A.
Durrand - Lead Vocals) just finished vocals on "Crying In The Rain",
an acoustic ballad in the studio yesterday. We have around 14-15 songs
to choose from.
We have been offered a tour for the tail end of Autumn 2005, with a
name band. We are currently negotiating the terms and what dates we
can do, as we all have full time jobs.
The 19th of September will see the re-release of our debut album on
Majestic Rock in Europe and for the first time in Japan on 28th
September - repackaged, re-mastered and re-titled "Refuel".
How did Cry Havoc hook-up with Majestic Rock? What tracks will
make up `Refuel'?
We sent a bunch of emails out to labels regarding our new record,
which we are demoing, and Majestic came back. They were
really keen from the outset to re-issue "Fuel That Feeds The Fire"
and give it the promotion that they felt it badly deserved.
Who am I to argue ?
Both the European and Japanese versions will consist of a double CD -
the first disc will be the re-mastered version of "Fuel That Feeds
The Fire", with the Japanese release containing an unreleased bonus track "All
Too Much At Once".
The second disc will feature our live set from The Cathouse (Glasgow)
when we supported Brit Rockers SKIN in 1997. Some of the live
versions are different to the ones on the album, as we didn't start
recording the record until later that summer. There is also an
unreleased track in the set called "Heartland" which never made the
album.This was arguably our best ever gig in Glasgow, due to the fact
SKIN pulled great crowds and we went down a storm.
We tried to build on the success of the show by booking our own gig
their with Lost Weekend and The Promise for later that year, but it
fell through due to the venues insistence that each band pays £75
and they wanted an unknown Indie band on the bill - some mob called
TRAVIS! We told em' where to go!
|3. Cry Havoc were signed with Chavis but they went under. Did you
ever consider releasing the album independently given the label hassles the band have had down the years?
Yes we did! In fact, our debut was actually always intended to be an
independent release. We recorded it out of our own pocket, so when
reviewers talk about the production or the
budget we've always said "What budget"! Now & Then had nothing to do
with financing the record, only the mixing of it, which was done at
After five years on the label and Mark Ashton's reluctance to release
the album we asked to be released from our contract, and with some
persuasion Mark eventualy gave us his blessing to go with our album.
We contemplated an independent release but we could never afford the
promotion required - enter Bill Chavis!
Now a lot of negative press has been banded around about this guy,
but the truth is - he promised and he delivered on all fronts for
this band! No complaints! OK, granted things could have
been done better, but Bill and I talk to this day, and we both know
we could have done things differently! Glad to see he's back! He's a
good guy and I hope he enjoys a little more luck.
|4. What direction will the new material take and any tour plans in
The new material is very much Cry Havoc! It's even bigger riffs,
soaring vocals, multi-layered harmonies, pumping bass, big drums and
a guitar sound that pins you to the wall!!!
I'd like to think we've taken the key elements from the debut and
moved it up a gear or two. In fact Brian McGowan of Hard Roxx heard
them years ago, some songs exist from the five year period on N&T where Mark told us to write a new album and
combine these songs with the ones on "Fuel ...", and he said "The first album sounds like you're new kids on
the block trying to sound like seasoned pro's. The new songs sound like you've succeeded!".
We are also producing the record ourselves in Stevie's home studio.
We are sick of trying to tell people how we want our music to sound,
so we've pretty much went out and
learned how to do it. None moreso than Stevie who is a fabulous Rock
producer and on the rise as one of Glasgow's finest sound engineers!
He has a real thirst for knowledge in
the field of sound technology!
Tour plans will depend on the success of "Caught In a Lie" and to a
lesser extent "Refuel".
|5. Do you think the past few years have seen a change in the rock
scene with there being more venues to play and more people coming along to gigs? Or is it only really viable to tour the UK if you are a `name' band
like the US bands from the 80's?
There's been a change in the sense that more bands have toured over
the last couple of years than I can remember for a long time! It was
great to evetually get see bands like
Europe, Styx and The Scorpions back on these shores!
However, in terms of gigs for ourselves, there was no scene in the
late 90's in Glasgow for our music and it is even worse now. Despite
having a reputation for having one of the
finest live circuits in the UK, Glasgow just isn't interested in Rock
Music - full stop! This also covers the local radio stations and
Sure, you can get gigs if you are prepared to pay the venue! Hence
the reasons why some of Cry Havoc moved into the tribute scene.
You need to be able to pull crowds if you want to gig and you need a
following to be able to tour. How can a band like Cry Havoc sustain
either when venues won't book us, or labels
we've been signed to in the past don't promote us. I never did a
single interview for a magazine after "Fuel That Feeds The Fire" was
released, I mean come on, where is the logic in
I can't see this band gigging unless it was supporting someone big or
at something like Firefest - if the terms were right for us!
|6. Where do you get your songwriting ideas from and who musically is
an influence on you?
Either just by sitting down with a guitar or bass, singing a melody,
a beat in my head or hearing a song that I'd to write something like!
Lyrically I write about things from my own
perspective - mainly feelings, observations, true stories or in some
cases about books I have read.
Musical influences - Queensryche, Pink Cream 69, Dokken / Lynch Mob /
George Lynch, Scorpions, Tesla, Winger, Dan Huff, Mark Spiro, Mitch
|7. What have been the most memorable gigs and why?
Supporting SKIN at The Cathouse in Glasgow - I was a huge fan of them
and to support them at the tip of their career was awesome. It was
packed and we went down so well with their audience!
The Gods 1999 - under our temporary monicker of AGE OF REASON. We
didn't play too badly and opened the two day event, but it wasn't
really busy at that time. No-one knew us! I remember
Bruce Mee asking who operated our sampled backing vocals - "we sung
live we told him" - he said "You're kidding ?". We took that as a big
compliment! We later appeared further up the bill the
next night as Johnny Lima's band and were part of something truly
special - a great gig!
One for all the wrong reason, but it's funny now ...
Stonehaven - In the late 90's we signed to a Glasgow based Management
agency and they booked us a "sold out show" at a huge place just
outside Aberdeen. We got the royal treatment - hotel, 4 course meal
and were well paid. We went onstage and not one single person came to
the gig. We played a two hour set in front of two bar people, took
the dough and sacked the manager. Our roadies also lifted a leather
settee from the hotel foyer, which we only discovered about two hours
after leaving the North East. We had to stop the van and dump it on
the hard shoulder in the middle of nowhere!
|8. Why did Van Hielan call it a day and any chance the band may
reappear in the future?
The band had run it's course after 2.5 years! It was too much hard
work for little return and the audiences were unpredictable. One week
pulling 100 then 300 the next!
It was great fun and the last line up was superb! Never say never,
but I doubt it! Time to move on ...
Stevie is singing for an awesome Iron Maiden tribute MAIDEN SCOTLAND
(http://www.maidenscotland.com) who have just completed a five date
tour of Scotland as support and
backing band to Paul Dianno.
|9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?
Interviews for you :-) Apart from being a husband and spending time with my family - a little web design, but mostly writing and
|10. Message to your fans...
Have we got any ??? If so, visit our website (http://www.cry-havoc.co.uk) and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are keen to talk to fans and have no qualms about sending them
MP3s of new songs.Oh and don't forget to buy REFUEL in September -
sensational artwork, tons of new photos - You won't be disappointed!
Take care, peace!
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