Crybaby | Interview

“If folk music was once originally a vital political and socially aware force, then I don’t think that essential aspect was addressed this time around”

We catch up with crybaby, who’s been nationally praised for his Morrissey-meets-Richard Hawley melancholia.

1. You’ve got a new EP out in September, was it good to be back in the studio working on new material?

Yes definitely. It’s always a pleasure even when it’s painful to be in the studio.

2. After the strength of ‘I Cherish The Heartbreak More Than The Love That I Lost’, and how well received it was, are you worried about living up to peoples very high expectations?

High expectations usually end in disappointment, but you can only do what you can do. I hope people like what I do, but if the next thing fails to deliver whatever it is people are looking for then I apologies profusely.

3. You’re playing Green Man as well as a few other festivals this month, is there anyone else playing that you really want to see?

Plenty of stuff I want to catch this summer, including Stealing Sheep, The Walkmen, Steve Malkmus, Cass McCombs, Tune-Yards and lots more I’m sure.

4. Over the last few years various nu-folk acts have been paraded as the music industry’s new poster boys, do you feel the genre has now been firmly established, or still bordering on being flash in the pan?

I think that the nu-folk (whatever that was meant to be) is pretty done. If folk music was once originally a vital political and socially aware force, then I don’t think that essential aspect was addressed this time round. Something went awry, so I guess we’re lumbered with the Noah Mumford and the Marlings who are probably closer to being Tory poster boys than anything else.

5. Who do you feel are you’re main influences? Are there any local acts that inspire you?

My main influences are probably those bands I listened to when I was a kid – like Magazine, Pixies, Sonic Youth and The Smiths… plus all the old fifties and sixties stuff I was brought up on. Locally I still get excited when bands make some great noise with guitars, with Scarlet Rascal and the Trainwreck being a prime example.

Crybaby heads off on his first full UK tour in September, playing the Louisiana on the 27th. For more information go to:
ohcrybaby.com