Wolves and the Hideous White By Andy Clarke
Formed in the winter of 2014 against the bleak concrete backdrop of Lisburn city, Northern Ireland; The Crawling use a guttural vocal to combine melancholy with weight, churning out a heavy, doom/death ensemble. January 2015 saw the single ‘Choking On Concrete,’ which put the band on the scene, followed in October by the highly successful EP ‘In Light of Dark Days.’ April 2017 the debut album, ‘Anatomy Of Loss ‘ was released via Grindscene Records, accompanied by five music videos, receiving excellent reviews worldwide, and was streamed exclusively by Metal Hammer UK.
2018 was the year for the sophomore release, ‘Wolves and the Hideous White’ featuring six brand new tracks. The album reflects upon the human desire to belong, the sacrifices made to be part of someone, disillusion from loss of self, and the final inability to escape.
The Crawling have established their live performance with support from a loyal fan base; most notably appearing at Inferno Metal Festival (Norway), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Seige of Limerick (IRE), Metal Days (SLO), Shellshock fest (Malta), Uprising (UK), Incinerationfest (UK), Mammothfest (UK) and Full Metal Mensa (GER). The Crawling is highly active on all social media platforms and has continued support from Grindscene Records and Blackskull Music Management.
The Crawling is made up of three death metal heads; Andy Clarke on guitar/vocals, Stuart Rainey on bass/backing vocals, and Gary Beattie on drums. We got here after many years of playing in various bands as part of the Irish extreme metal scene. When the three of us finally met up and decided to start the band in 2014, everything seemed to click, and our collective experience really got the band moving.
The music, as always, is a slow doom/death affair, focusing on weight, occasional melody and a hook; we like a good hook. Our latest album, “Wolves and the Hideous White” is a collection of songs based around relationships, and the value we place upon them; whether it be an asset to our lives, or detrimental. The tracks explore how certain kinds of relations can affect us as human beings, but yet we seek it out, despite the great risks to happiness, joy and self-worth.
I write all the lyrics, and they are completely focused on real life, in that I always theme around things that happen around me, to me, or those close to me. Occasionally I take a broader look at humans in general, but it’s always inspired by the actions of people I see first hand. I guess I tend to gravitate to the darker, more miserable side of things; but I think the majority of people have an unhealthy tendency to favour as such. We are masochistic by nature I think.
I watch a lot of movies, and I adore a good tragic score, but I don’t think I’ve ever been inspired to write as a result. I’ve never really been interested in any of those other things, it’s always been about people. I find people fascinating, and the actions of those always seem to spawn my creativity.
When I was 10 years old it felt like metal was really dangerous. My parents are highly religious and went ballistic when they found out I was listening to heavy metal. They confiscated my tapes, and I was forbidden to wear band shirts. I listened to music with friends through a ghetto blaster, hiding in forests, abandoned houses, old parks etc; drinking cider and smoking cigarettes – it felt fantastic! I think metal music is more acceptable now, but you’d probably need to ask kids that are just finding it to see what it’s like to discover it for the first time nowadays. I think it will always have an attraction as being dangerous no matter what, as it is extreme, and not “popular” by default.
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