Alternative-pop outfit based in Ireland, The Crayon Set, return with their dazzling singles Summer Song and Rock Star, both taken from their much-awaited forthcoming album Downer Disco. With this and the new album on the horizon The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the live music situation in Ireland as well as the the response to their new music.
TF: You have not one but two new singles out, what has the reception been like to Summer Song and Rock Star?
It’s been really positive thankfully – lots of nice feedback and some nice radio play here in Ireland. John Kennedy and Tom Robinson gave them a spin too so that was really cool. Not sure if Scotland has got on board – maybe next time. Actually on our first album a few reviews said we sounded more Scottish than Irish – there were references to Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Teenage Fanclub – and in retrospect it was probably a fair point!
TF: Why did you decide to release them both at the same time?
Good question. We were kind of reminiscing about Double A-Sides which are obviously not a thing anymore. We also tried to tie it in with our Crayon thing of different colours and variety i.e. so the idea was you could choose your favourite release and what song you wanted to play on your show or put on a playlist etc. And for people to check out different sides of the band. We made them free downloads on our website so people could try before they buy…
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?
We’re releasing our new album Downer Disco at the end of September so we’re really excited about that. We’re doing a vinyl run too which is a first for us.
Also thrilled that producer and remixer Gui Boratto (Kompakt) has done a remix for us and that’s out Friday. Really amazing that he agreed to it and we think it’s even more amazing how it turned out. You can pre-save here if you want to check it out.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
We recently filmed a live recording of our new album at the Theatre Royal in Waterford, which is where I’m from. It’s Ireland’s oldest theatre and it’s just really beautiful and just full of character. So I’d have to say there – although I am cheating a bit as there was no audience. (You can check out one of the videos and the theatre here).
We have provisionally booked an album launch gig here in Dublin in the Grand Social – it’s been two years since we played a proper gig! We’re looking to add more dates but unfortunately the situation here is very different to the UK – indoor gigs are still not allowed and there’s no real roadmap. We’d love to get over to Scotland and the UK to play as well so fingers crossed.