Q: “In Hell” is such a beautiful song! What is the story behind it?
Commoncranes: Aw thank you! We wrote ‘In Hell’ just at the beginning of our work together in 2018, the song got released in October 21. Chris started some chords on keys and I followed with some very simple words portraying a woman who is not afraid of her vulnerability, fighting for love through tears and determination and that comes with strength. Of course with Chris being the ultimate drummer of our small band, the drama was built very quickly.
Q: When did you start making music together?
Commoncranes: We started throwing ideas to each other back in 2018 and we couldn’t believe how much in common our music sense was. So very soon after, we recorded our first song “Left to say” which has just been released. The pandemic of course delayed our journey slightly, but we kept fiercely motivated and found some new roots of writing other songs which we can’t wait to release soon.
Q: You have such a unique sound. Who are some of your biggest music influences?
Commoncranes: Sweet hearing that :) Ani comes from a pop background, she grew up listening and singing pieces from 90s pop divas, whilst I as a northern guy have of course been playing mainly in rock bands, although my soft side comes from listening to country music and from having an unforgettable experience in Nashville. So we both have our separate influences and backgrounds, but as a band we are inspired by phenomenal bands that combine our music influences such as ‘Paramore’ ‘Florence + The Machine’, ‘No Doubt’, Coldplay, 'Fleetwood Mac’, ‘Wolf Alice’, ‘London Grammar’, and so more.
Q: If you could open a show for any artist, who would you pick and why?
Commoncranes: Any of the band names mentioned above would have been a dream to open the show for, but we love music and so we love many artists who we would have been incredibly lucky to be picked up by.
Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not performing or writing new music?
Commoncranes: Well we both have created our own little families and we spend a lot of time with them. We often organise family meetings which keeps us closer and motivated, with them being our main supporters. Chris and I have founded our own little studios in Cheshire where we coach our instruments from, a dream job that keeps us always connected to music and people.
Q: What can we expect next from you? We can’t wait to hear more!
Commoncranes: We are looking forward to playing our songs live and making up for the days that we missed during the pandemic. We then want to get back in the studio for some finishing details of the songs we’ve been writing so far. We’ll bring more drama of course and some more simple messages that we hope will connect with people or inspire them.
Written By Sarah Curry