Chasing Victory consists of
Adam Harrell – vocals
Michael Lamb – Guitar/Baritone
Jason Lowery – Guitar
Chris Cargile – Guitar
Chris Crutchfield – Bass
Jeremy Lowery – Drums
2. How did you start as a band
Michael, Jeremy, Jason, and I started Chasing Victory in 2001. We were called Bailey Drive back then. We were mostly playing Deftones, Incubus, and POD covers at birthday parties, house shows, and that kind of thing.
3. It’s been over ten years since Fiends, what have you been up to since then?
In the ten years since the release of Fiends we went back to just gigging birthday parties. Touring and playing for tons of people every night just wasn’t authentic anymore, you know? Totally kidding. We’ve all been doing the normal stuff folks do in their 20’s and 30’s; college, careers, marriage, families, etc. We go on tour once a year now, which means we load our families up and all get together at the beach or something like that for a long weekend – we just don’t actually play any shows on these tours.
4. What’s the inspiration behind the new EP Friends?
As far as the inspiration behind making the album, it was mostly just our desire to write together again. And it gave us an excuse to hang out more often. We live spread out around Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, so we don’t see each other as often as we would like. I (Adam) get an itch to write about every 3 months, and I have to scratch it in some form or another. I have to feed the beast. In this case I just started writing music like I was in CV again, and I got through a few songs and really liked what I had put together. The guys were digging what I had written, and we decided, actually on one of our “tour vacations,” to start writing together again and just see where it goes.
The title Friends was almost a no-brainer after I began examining a common theme in the lyrical content. Most of the songs are about a personal issue or question and the solution or answer was almost always a deficit in relationships. Maybe it has something to do with me getting into my 30’s. You start questioning a lot and deciding what’s important in life. For me, those I love are the top of the list. Plus, the title “Friends” was such an easy follow up to “Fiends.”
5. Will you be touring to support the release?
We will not be touring. Although, we may play some shows in the southeast if the right opportunities arrive.
6. What was it like coming up as a band during the mid 00’s when post hardcore was flourishing?
Coming up in that era was really cool. The scene was very vibrant, and we had the privilege to share the stage with some really amazing bands and artists. Unfortunately, we “broke up” right as we were beginning to really find “our sound” and establish our place in that era and possible the one that followed.
7. What is your writing process like?
Our writing process for this album was very different. As I mentioned before we all live apart from each other so writing had to be done via skype and video messages. Someone would show the group a riff or idea for a song in a video, and I would take that part and begin to track the song. We would just keep building until we felt happy with it. Somewhere on the cloud there is hours and hours of videos of us filming ourselves in our underwear playing a guitar riff.
As far as how we go through the song writing process, it differs from song to song. Sometimes I may come up with a vocal melody, figure out the chords for it, and then began to make it more intricate and fun to play. Other times one of the other guitar players would send a riff or series of riffs, and I would try to make it into a chorus or verse. Sometimes it’s color by numbers, and other times you pour all the puzzle pieces on the table and fit them together until you have something that makes sense.
8. If you could play a show with any band current or former who would you choose to play with?
9. What’s your favorite Chasing Victory song and why?
Right now my favorite song of ours is “Friends.” I think it’s my favorite because it’s fresh and relevant. The lyrics of songs I wrote 12+ years ago are harder to relate to because so much of life has changed since then. I also think “Friends” was a very mature step for us musically but doesn’t lack “our sound.”
10. How do you feel about the current state of music and post hardcore in particular?
Every trend has it’s day and then the culture moves on. Post-hardcore had it’s moment and was great while it was going on, but you wouldn’t want it to last forever. With the digital age of recording, I do think the current generation and those to follow will miss out on the connection with music that occurs when playing and collaborating with others. There’s a special chemistry that happens when you get like-minded musicians together in a room and just crank it up and jam. It’s unlikely you’ll achieve that sensation sitting in a room programming synths and drum loops on a laptop. I’ve done both.
I do believe there is still great music being made today, it’s just definitely harder to find. The market is so saturated and there’s so much out there to filter through. A lot of times I just get tired of sorting and put on an old album. I spent most of 2015 and 2016 listening to 100’s of old albums that I hadn’t listened to in years.
11. What’s next for Chasing Victory
We hope to keep writing, recording, and adding volumes to our Friends collection. Our main goal is to just have fun with it.