An Autumn For Crippled Children: Shoegaze for the Tormented Soul

anutumn2013_1_x375Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love is the fourth grand masterwork by the Dutch collective known as An Autumn For Crippled Children.  Their unique moniker is inspired by an Ebonylake song, and their imaginative compositions are nothing short of mesmerizing.  In a depressive land where shoegaze and black metal collide with visions of isolation and doom, one may only begin to discover the wondrously complex melodies exuding from An Autumn For Cripped Children.  In this interview, we discuss with AAFCC member MXM their enigmatic reveries, some of the lyrical content, reaction to their band name, and other topics of interest.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in An Autumn For Crippled Children, and how long the band has been together.
I sing, play guitar, synths and piano. We have been together recording under the AAFCC banner since 2008.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are based in the north of The Netherlands. I would have no clue of any scene because i don’t really follow the local scene. Nor do I mingle with the scene people here.  It’s not really that interesting to me.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love?
Well yes, kind of..but also a useless one cause I have no hope for humanity. We are trying to say, be careful with what you do or say. Regret can be a pain in the behind.  But most people don’t care. They go on with their greed and lies filled lives.

Select two songs from Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love and what inspired the lyrics.
Hearts of Light‘ is about someone who passed away, who totally did not deserved it. Truely a heart filled with only light.
Avoiding Winter‘ is about hope. Trying to hold on and not be defeated by the lack of light sometimes.

DestroyEverythingHow does Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love compare to your previous releases?
Although I like the previous release, I think this one is much better. We shaped these songs for a long time until they sounded perfect in our ears.
We worked hard and long on these songs. We also spend a lot of time on the mix and different sound ‘collages’. Altering the sound with different instruments etc.

Who did the artwork for Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love and how much influence did you have on it?
We did it ourselves. Someone else put the whole package together with the lettering etc. but we did the art.

What could one expect from a live An Autumn For Crippled Children show?
We don’t play live anymore. With lives we live (people being abroad for long times) touring is not possible.  Also we don’t really have a desire to play live.

If An Autumn For Crippled Children could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I think, if we played live, we would like to open for My Dying Bride. Love that band.

Your band name definitely raises a few eyebrows. First of all. has Ebonylake heard your band?
I think they have. I think we had contact in the past. Great band. Not sure what they think of us.

And what kind of unusual reactions have you heard about from your band name?
Most people seem intrigued or curious at first. That’s exactly why we choose it.  There are also people who absolutely hate it. Or think its stupid. Either way, we get noticed!

What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love for the first time?
‘Oh my god… that touched my soul’

What was your favorite CD of 2013 and why?
Probably ‘Teethed Glory And Injury‘ by Altar Of Plagues. What a mindfuck of a record!  New, exciting, harrowing and beautiful. Qualities I like in music.

What are your plans in the New Year for An Autumn For Crippled Children?
Hopefully we have some more music in us. I really hope so.

Any final words of wisdom?
‘Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love’

An Autumn For Crippled Children is:
MXM – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
TXT – Bass
CXC – Drums

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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