FleischKrieg Talks of Music and Touring!

Metalhead rockers FLEISCHKRIEG have been around for sometime now, releasing their debut album come the fall! But that does not stop the band from writing material towards the next release. The band talks about touring and music.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.  

It all started with a chance encounter via an Uber ride.  Richard Cranor was working as an Uber driver and picked up a group of drunk passengers during a holiday in Seattle, one of which happened to be Thomas Crawford.  During conversation, it came up that both individuals had solo industrial music projects and similar musical interests. After watching Thomas perform his solo music, “Ceraphym”, Richard asked him to contribute to his FleischKrieg vision.

After a few months, the two relocated from Seattle to Los Angeles and began work on their debut album, Herzblut.  By recommendation from their album producer, we hired Nick Mason (Living Dead Drummer) to play drums.  A few months later, we played a virtual tour with performers.  Having seen Kaylie Cortez perform with DK-Zero and her solo project Nuda, FleischKrieg had to have her as part of the group.  

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name? 

Germans seem to have the market cornered on industrial metal, with their neue deutsche härte scene being a big inspiration for our sound. Richard came up with the name as a way to pay homage to the fatherland influences - and to express a truth about the human condition. The English translation of the band name literally means “Flesh War” - which describes the battle for self-preservation we are always fighting, our bodies being a resource others exploit for one nefarious purpose or another.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend? 

We started in Seattle, Washington, but have since moved to Los Angeles.  The scene is hard to say at the moment since it’s been closed due to the pandemic. As for local bands, we know a few that are more popular like DK-Zero, Dawn of Ashes, and 3Teeth.

4. How would you describe your style? 

It’s a bit of a throwback style to 80s goth synth, but with a harder metal edge. Very rhythmic, tribal...atmospheric. Rammstein riffs with Depeche Mode synths is how we’ve heard it described before.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works? 

Our debut album, Herzblut, will be released this fall.  In April, we released our first single entitled Fool’s Folly, with a music video.  We’re releasing our second single and video, Reach, on July 2nd.  Additionally, we’ll release our cover of Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood on September 10th.  We’ll likely set up a preorder for physical merchandise (including vinyl) in September via our bandcamp page.

6. Do you have any new music in the works? 

We are starting the writing process for the next release, but nothing definitive on that since we’re still in the process of releasing our debut album.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?  

We completed a virtual tour in March with our friends in Cryptamnesia and Nuda.  It was five shows across five different time zones.  We’re in the planning stages for our first non-virtual tour in the United States later this year.  With things starting to open up, the venues are being flooded with show requests and make-up dates, but we hope to have more details soon.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band? 

Our initial goal is to really get on the road. We have goals to play at least three different continents by the end of next year. Europe is on the top of that list. There is such a huge appetite for the music we play in that area and have great responses from fans on that side of the pond.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? 

You can find links to all of our available music and merch on our website, www.fleischkrieg.com. You might even find a way to purchase our old demos before they go away.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

 What’s old is new again, enjoy the opportunity to dance and destroy things at the same time. It’s fun!

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