28th August 1999, Capitale Rock & Culture Festival
Capitale Rock & Culture: What have Cranes done since the swiss gigs in 98? When will the new album be ready?
Alison Shaw: We released a hand-made book of lyrics at the end of last year. It contains lyrics from nearly all our songs. We will bring some to the festival, so you will be able to able to get it there if you wish and also it is available via internet and by mail order (http://www.cranes-fan.com). The new album is still being worked on!
CR&C: You haven't released anything for more than two years, but you keep a lot of die-hard fans. How do you explain? Do you think Cranes are a "cult-band"?
Ali: Well, the internet has enabled us to keep in touch with people from America and Europe and lots of other places too. Also people seem to stay with us and have always given us a lot of support.
CR&C: Your songs are often sad and nostalgic.. are you someone nostalgic?
Ali: Not always. I often think about the future too!
CR&C: Do you still get in touch with the Cure? What about a future collaboration?
Ali: We havent seen them for a couple of years now but we often feel thankful about what a brilliant experience we had on the tour. We were very lucky.
CR&C: Why are you doing this exclusive show in Belgium? What may this kind of show offer to Cranes?
Ali: Well, we hadn't planned to play any shows this autumn but since you asked us, we decided to say yes! We hope we will play a nice show.
CR&C: Belgium is a special place for Cranes. Why do you have so much success here? Do you have a particular memory of one of your several gigs in Belgium?
Ali: Our first ever show outside of UK was in Belgium and we have played there lots of times since. One year we played at an outdoor ampitheatre which was lovely! And we always love playing in Brussels and Gent. Belgian audiences rule!
CR&C: Cranes have a new drummer. Can you tell us more about him?
Ali: He is called John Callender and he also plays in a another band called 'Vex'. He's very nice.
CR&C: Our last question. Cranes use internet a lot, especially to get in touch with the fans. Do you think you will use more and more this technology in the future to promote your music?
Ali: Yes, I think it will be important for us.
See you soon. Best Wishes Ali
Interview made by Jean-Philippe Pauwels from CR&C.
© CR&C, 28th August 1999.