Those damn crows

Com­ing from the home of Welsh rock mu­sic and re­lated to the 21stcen­tury’s big­gest UK metal band – some things feel like des­tiny…

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MU­SIC FLOWS FREELY

through the streets of Brid­gend, South Wales. In the shadow of lo­cal ti­tans Bul­let for My Valen­tine and Fu­neral For A Friend, genre- bend­ing out­fit and child­hood friends Those Damn Crows are the lat­est to take to the stage. At­tribut­ing their suc­cess to the di­ver­sity of their mu­si­cal in­flu­ences, Those Damn Crows com­bine and con­trast the con­ta­gion of clas­sic heavy metal with the hard-hit­ting re­flec­tions of grunge.

“Our band’s kick­ing off be­cause there’s a blurred line be­tween rock and metal now, there are el­e­ments of every­thing in our mu­sic,” front­man Shane Green­hall sug­gests. “We take all our in­flu­ences from when we were kids, whether it be Iron Maiden or Slipknot, Green Day or Nirvana, throw it in the caul­dron, give it a mix and out comes what we do.”

The guys are no strangers to the caveats of the mu­sic in­dus­try – while Shane gets his vo­cal and lyri­cal wis­dom from his coun­try-lov­ing dad, gui­tarist Ian Thomas is brother to BFMV sticks­man Moose.

“We’ve known the Bul­let boys all our lives but we don’t see them as ‘BFMV’,” adds Shane. “We see them as our mates. There was no pres­sure to go into mu­sic or get good grades – Ron­nie [Hux­ford, drums] and I failed mu­sic at school!”

Match­ing their de­fi­ance with an equally ob­nox­ious and mem­o­rable band name was no chal­lenge for a band de­ter­mined to ruf­fle a few feath­ers on their way up.

“Ron­nie’s dad has an al­lot­ment and one day crows came down peck­ing on his plants and he shouted, ‘Those damn crows!’ and Ron­nie im­me­di­ately loved it. Imag­ine all those old peo­ple talk­ing about how loud we are and shak­ing their fists like, ‘Those damn crows, turn it down!’”

AF­TER SIGN­ING TO

Earache Records ear­lier this year, Ju­das Pri­est and Heaven & Hell pro­ducer Mike Ex­eter worked his magic on the Crows’ de­but al­bum, Mur­der And The Mo­tive, to nur­ture their grow­ing am­bi­tions af­ter record­ing ses­sions in Wales’s famed Rock­field Stu­dios.

“Record­ing in Rock­field Stu­dios was so spe­cial,” says Shane. “There’s so much his­tory from ev­ery­one who’s recorded there: Queen, Black Sab­bath, Ozzy… It cost us a for­tune but we’d do it again.”

Af­ter a busy 2018, the lads have hit the crest of a wave not a mo­ment too soon – the band is seen as the last-chance sa­loon for drum­mer Ron­nie af­ter years of un­suc­cess­ful ef­forts and turn­ing his hand to own­ing a tat­too par­lour.

“Ron­nie was at the point that if it didn’t work this time, it’s never go­ing to work,” ad­mits Shane. “He lost faith. Now peo­ple come to his stu­dio for crow tat­toos and bring their fam­ily and friends along. Now he can do the two things he loves.”

“MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT AND NIRVANA IN A CAUL­DRON… THAT’S US”

MUR­DER AND THE MO­TIVE

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Those Damn Crows: Wales just keeps de­liv­er­ing

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