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BOY HITS CAR: "Stealing Fire"
BOY HITS CAR and their 4th album "Stealing Fire" - loud, in your face rock! The band was formed in 1993. After releasing their first album, My Animal, independently in 1998, they went on the Sno-Core Tour and recorded their next album, Boy Hits Car, on Wind-up Records. Their song "Love Fury Passion Energy" was used as a theme song for then WWE Diva Lita and was distributed on the WWF Forceable Entry album in 2002. A third album was self released in 2005 called The Passage. In 2006 the band re-released the album in July after signing with Rock Ridge Music as their distributor. Here to let you in about "Stealing Fire" , their bassist: BILL GOWER...
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
It's been great all around, in both the US and overseas. Some fans/reviews say It's our best work to date.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
We recorded the album 'Stealing Fire' in three segments(or sessions), which ended up taking roughly 4 months spanning from Nov 2008-June 2010 while continuing to tour sporadically.
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
Well, we had fine tuned the songs prior to entering the studio and knew the sound we were going for. Keeping the mix full sonically, with a heavy edge and all instruments shining.
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
The producer/engineer Evan Rodaniche (Cage 9) helped tremendously in bringing our vision of the songs to life. With his amazing insight and ideas our expectations were surpassed.
And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
Absolutely, however there's always more you can do with an album and when you look back new ideas spring forward. That's just the nature of the game. Being independent with limited resources, you eventually have to define the finish line and call it a day.
Did the producer (you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
The recording techniques were pretty standard and actually more stripped down opposed to other recording experiences. Everything was tracked and mixed in one room with a limited arsenal of gear, yet we feel we created a great work of art.
How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't
By tracking together in one open room we captured the live feel of the songs. Also, using the same equipment/guitars/basses/drums and tones/eq's we do live gave 'Stealing Fire' our live feel.
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
We love them all, however songs like 'One Kiss Away' which was the first song the new lineup collectively wrote, and 'Rhythmical Gestures' an epic 10 minute journey that continuously evolves, became standouts for us both musically and lyrically.
Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
We don't really set out to write songs with a specific mood or theme in mind, but rather mold riffs and ideas together, from acoustic and amplified jams. Cregg then starts to work melodies and lryical ideas into songs, as they eventually take form from this incarnation.
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
Well, considering BHC is unsigned, we had full creative control.
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
Ahhh, there's quite a few of those during our recording sessions and in general. It would be difficult and lengthy to explain them all. We take our music and message seriously but we love to goof off and have a good time:) Highlights would be: chicken/funky dancing and fart noises...
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
A unique blend of heavy guitars, groove driven bass, tribal rhythms, mixed with intense yet melodic vocals and open tuned 12 string acoustic guitar. Throw some Jane's Addiction, Helmet, Led Zeppelin, and Quicksand in a blender, then pour yourself a glass of Boy Hits Car.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
Aside from the bands mentioned above, a few of our personal favorites/heroes are: Bad Religion, Primus(Les Claypool), the late/great Ali Akbar Khan, Talking Heads, Iron Maiden to name a few.
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Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,