27th August 1997, Much Music, USA
[Tomorrow's Tears Video Clip]
[On Screen Text] Hailing from Portsmouth, England, siblings James and Alison Shaw formed an incarnation of The Cranes in the late eighties, fuelled by their musical obsession of bands like Nick Cave, The Swans and Joy Division.
Since then the Cranes have been releasing their own brand of ethereal, dark, delicate recordings, surviving the ever changing winds of the British scene.
[Interviewer] When I listen to this I feel like a lot of feelings of isolation and seperation. Is that accurate? What is this a reflection of?
[Alison] They're quite often about people and places and like things that are in the past, that aren't in your life anymore, or like trying to imagine stuff in the future, and so i guess that sometimes there's like a sense of regret about the past but, with trying to keep your eyes open into the future.
[Interviewer] With your voice and everything, it just kind of feels like alot of childhood stuff. Are you working through that kind of thing? Or is that incorrect on my part?
[Alison] Well I think I don't really directly do things about our childhood really, but I think that sort of thing is probably sort of in you isn't it? It's like I think you carry your childhood around with you sometimes and so it probably comes through without me really knowing.
[Accoustic Clip of Jewel]
[Alison] I really feel like the words are a kind of like part of the song, and I don't like to seperate them out so that it's "this is the words, this is the music" because me and Jim really write closely together, and so I always feel that they should all be taken in as one when you listen to the song.
[Video Clip of Jewel (Remix)]
[Alison] I think that we do try to find a sound each time we start to write some songs, that feels like it's, you know, quite emotional saying something about how we feel, and we try and turn that into a sound I guess.
[Live Version of Reverie]
[On Screen Text] Most recent release - Population Four.
Population Four was recorded in a converted barn in Sussex, to capture a live natural sound.
[Alison] We did get to a point where we felt quite peaceful about things, and that was quite a nice thing to have around when we were doing some writing, because we actually recorded in the country, in the summer and it was quite nice. It was less stressful than say London or, you know, somewhere in the city like where we usually record.
[Jim] Rabbits running through the fields and, yes it was cool, it was the nicest place. It's like it was meant to be a rehearsal studio, but I don't know, something about right in the countryside, and loud music in the middle of the night and the contrast.
[Can't Get Free Live Clip]
[Jim] I definitely draw alot of sort of feelings or emotions in things into something else, like this guy (indicates statue) probably turned stuff into lumps of stone, or something, you know (laughs).
[Beautiful Friend Live Clip]
[Interviewer] So do you guys like american rock music?
[Jim] Umm i think I like american music in general - north american music in general - to the current English kind of scenes that are going down. I think probably my favourite bands are kind of (Bassalt?), Sonic Youth and Veruca Salt.
[Live Jewel Clip]
[Jim] Bands in England seem to go round like herds of sheep almost. It's like someone does something, so everyone suddenly does it a little bit different. But no, I hate it.
[Full Shining Road Video]
[End of Transmission]
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