Are you missing for some classic heavy metal sounds?! American band ICHABOD KRANE’s music gonna to help yur mind to remember those glorious sounds! Enjoy by detailed interview answered by band members! Keep it rock’in!
Good day Ichabod Krane! How are you guys doing these days?
We are all doing good! Busy, which is a good thing.
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers
On vocals we have the amazing Jeff Schlinz, formerly of Wulfhook.
On guitar, we have Rick Craig, formerly of Halloween, Sleepy Hollow, Humble Pie.
Bass, we have George Neal of Halloween.
Keyboards and backing vocals, Lisa Hurt formerly of The Unfriendlies.
Rob Brug Drums, formerly of Halloween and Damien.
I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all? Also, is there any special story behind a band title?
Rick Craig was getting back into the music scene after a few years hiatus, and he was looking for something to do, at the time Bob Mitchell who was the singer of Sleepy Hollow and friend of George Neal was looking for a guitar player and in passing they got to talking with each other. Rick flew to the east coast and they did some shows with Sleepy Hollow but the travel was too much for the guys. Rick was in the process of writing the next Sleepy Hollow record but things didn’t really work out. Tom Wassman drummer for Sleepy Hollow and Rick decided to form another band since they worked well with each other. They needed somebody to record bass tracks for the album, so that’s when Rick contacted George Neal, George was getting ready to go on tour through Europe with Halloween and wasn’t sure if he would have time, so he suggested he do keyboards for the record. But as he got to hear the songs, more and more, he was writing bass parts for the songs while he was writing keyboard parts, he really liked the music, at that point he became the bass player, so everything was falling into place but we needed a vocalist. The singer from Halloween, Brian Thomas was a big fan of Wulfhook and told George about the band and gave him a Wulfhook CD George contacted Jeff Schlinz, from Wulfhook and asked if he could come to his place and record a couple tracks Jeff agreed and went to George’s place.
That lineup worked out well for the first release, Day of Reckoning. When it came time to record the second release, our drummer Tom Wassman had other committments in his life that he had to deal with, so we ended up calling former Halloween drummer Rob Brug, who appeared on Evil Pieces, Horror Fire and Terrortory releases, as well as toured Europe with Halloween. During this process, we realized something was still missing, and that would be a keyboard player. The band’s only choice, was a solo artist from the Detroit area, her name is Lisa Hurt. This lineup was a perfect fit, We are all on the same page. In answer to the second part of your question, how that came about was, it was a band name Rick had thought up about 15 years ago. It was just something he thought was cool, and he loved the story behind Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman.
Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
Everything just flowed together, though we really didn’t have a concept to start with, but Jeff’s lyrical style is dark fantasy, so we just ran with it for Day of Reckoning, which continued with Beyond Eternity. The lyrics really helped to cement the elements all together.
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception? How do you guys manage to creat music at all?
There’s really no set protocol for our music, basically Rick wrote most of the riffs, when he first started this whole thing it was for Sleepy Hollow, George just advised to not write anything that is like the flavor of the month, that we would fit the songs around his style, but to keep it true to who he is as a songwriter. When you put somehing down on tape, the most important thing you have to remember, is that it’s going to be like that forever, so write what’s in your heart. There’s no wavring from that, you can’t be unhappy if you do that. So that was the mindset. Rick always has been an amazing writer.
What challenges do you face writing and recording an album?
What we’re doing is pretty unconventional, the challenges when putting a song together, none of us sit down and write all together, somebody will write a song and send it off, then everybody will write their own flavor to it, because we all live in different parts of the country. The challenge is, once the record is completed, we have to get on stage and play them together, but, we don’t get to rehearse, nor do we write in the same room. It keeps you open minded to accept what somebody else is writing.
Your latest release, Beyond Eternity was released Oct.14th. How was the experience working in the Studio? Any funny or even sad stories to your work?
As I stated in the previous question, we didn’t work in the studio together, with the exception of the vocal tracks. 4 out of 5 were there for that. It was pretty amazing to see Lisa and Jeff intertwine creatively with vocals, backups and harmonies. Jeff went in and killed it, Lisa went in right behind him to do the harmonies, which we had not heard before she did it in the studio. Surprised everybody, because you would have thought Jeff and Lisa had been working together for decades. It did have a sad point during the recording, the last day of recording the guitar parts, Rick got word that his mother passed away, and I’m sure it was very overwhelming to him, and me knowing Rick personally and his mother for the last 34 years, it was devastating,But he managed to get through it and finish the record. And that’s why this record is dedicated to the memory of his parents.
You guys are still underground/underrated, though your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
We are honored that we’re appreciated by most of the critics, we’re underground and underrated, cuz if you think about it, we’re still a new band compared to a lot of the bands out there. There’s a big span over the past 34 years, Halloween has been around that long, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The fans that do find us, and they do find us, they are loyal and very dedicated. They know it’s honest, it’s real. They get it, cuz we’re not spoon fed to them. being underground is not a bad thing.
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
This is Lisa Hurt, (keyboards and backups) I’ve been in a bunch of bands, but mostly a solo artist until as of late. I’m in Ichabod of course, now I’m a member of Halloween as well. With my favorite musicians! Lucky me! Now as for the rest, lest’s start with Jeff Schlinz, former singer of Wulfhook and a few other local bands in the Michigan area, Jeff is also a shredder on guitar and a great writer! Rob Brug, was one of Ohio’s best musicians, he played in Toledo based band Damien, also Rob had been a sound engineer and a producer, and owns a studio in Perrysburg Ohio. He also played with Halloween on a couple releases. Rick Craig, was the original guitar player for Hallowen the first years of their existence, he also played with the MC5, Humble Pie, and Noon. George Neal has been in Halloween for 34 years, since the beginning to date, and also joined Ichabod Krane in 2013. Still going strong!
Tell us about your favorite bands and from whom you gain inspiration?
Lisa: Mr. Bungle, Korn, Pantera, Ghost from Sweden. I love their songwriting style. Ozzy, Doro, Mike Patton.
George: Savatage, Dio, Crimson Glory, and Queensryche.
Jeff Schlinz: Dio, King Diamond, Yngwie Malmsteen.
Rick Craig: Randy Rhodes, Eddie Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mozart.
Rob, Crimson Glory, Adagio, Mercyful Fate.
How is the metal scene going in your country?
It’s a lot thinner than it was in the 80’s, but you still have your die hard fans that will make it to the shows, and we have festivals, but not nearly as often as they do in Europe, that’s why most bands aspire to go play shows in Europe.
Have you played abroad?
George, and Rob have toured Europe a few times. But we are hoping to make it over there with Ichabod Krane!
Are you working on any music videos, might it be a video clip or lyric video?
Well we have 2 videos for the first album Dark Valentine and Nostradamus and one for the second, which is for Pandora’s Box, but there’s a possiblity of another one for Beyond Eternity.
Rapid Fire section, just for fun. So just chill, and just like the first thought that comes to mind when you hear:
Eternity: Lisa: Forever. George: Life
Whiskey: Lisa: Train. George: Jack
USA: Lisa: Freedom. George: Flag.
Evil: Lisa: Murder. George: Dark.
Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Keep rockin! The only way to keep metal alive everywhere is to support your local bands, the underground bands. Buy their shirts, their CDs, and most importantly, go to the shows!
Anything to the fans and readers?
For those of you who made it this far in the interview, thank you for your suppot, if you get a chance, check out Ichabe Krane on Youtube, or at www.ichabodkrane.com.