If forced to describe Alaskan heavy metal unit 36 Crazyfists in
just a single word, you might want to go with persistent.
Since forming 16 years ago, the band’s released four records
through three different labels, lost members to everything from
the usual band in-fighting to fatal car crashes, and they’ve
shared the road with the likes of Alice in Chains, Atreyu,
Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, and Poison the Well. They’ve
steadily made a name for themselves and faced several ups and
just as many downs. But this summer, one of Alaska’s finest
exports will return to the vibrant metal scene it helped forge
with ‘Collisions and Castaways,’ the band’s fifth record and first
since 2008’s ‘The Tide and Its Takers’ became 36CF’s only studio
offering to open in Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.
‘Collisions and Castaways,’ the band’s forthcoming second set for
Ferret Music, was written and recorded between October 2009
and May 2010 and is scheduled for release July 27, 2010. It
follows on the heels of last year’s DVD outing, ‘Underneath a
Northern Sky,’ and is the band’s second straight effort to feature
guitarist Steve Holt in the producer’s chair and Andy Sneap
handling the final mix.
36 Crazyfists will be touring for much of the rest of the year and
hope to launch their first headlining tour during this upcoming
record cycle. Like lots of bands, 36 Crazyfists are a severesounding
act who’ve accomplished a lot in a small amount of
time but still have a lot of metal fans to win over. And with
‘Collisions and Castaways,’ 36 Crazyfists will likely silence the
naysayers and continue doing what they do: always moving
forward, always because of persistence.
“Its definitely about life, my life and possibly all our lives,”
Lindow says. “Its just something I wanted to get off my chest.
All these years, I have been saying if you can quit making some
of these mistakes, your life is going to change and you’re going
to better and you have to be proactive about it. I thought I was
doing it myself, but I wasn’t. I really wanted to talk about what
has hampered progress for me in my life. It’s about trying to be
the best human being you can be and really putting some things
to rest and moving forward.”