Another Crush is an indie rock band with a blonde tsunami front woman, an alternative sound, and lyrics that will light up the darkest parts of your heart.

Their new song “Empty Promises” has an arresting 90s rock inspired sound and has been paired with an emotionally raw video.

Today we talk with members, check out our exclusive interview below!

Can you talk to us about the inspiration for your latest single ‘Empty Promises’? 

We all have that one person who we can’t get out of our heads. As hard as we try to move on, they linger, whispering the same old empty promises. That’s a pretty universal experience a lot of people go through. The specific story for us is pretty crazy. Heather wrote this song about the love of her life. He promised her the world while actively destroying every chance they had to be together. It turned out he was a con man. She only began to find out the extent of his lies when he was arrested in front of her at the US/Canadian border.

How has your community contributed to your success? 

Another Crush is very much a group effort! Our fans become our friends. They are super supportive and always looking out for us, coming to shows, reposting and sharing music, and suggesting us for opportunities. They really believe in us and we have only gotten this far this quickly because of their support.

What advice would you give other musicians? 

You have to believe in your music 100 percent, and give it everything you have. People will feel that.

Describe to our audience your music-making process.

Heather writes the lyrics and melody paying careful attention to tone. Taylor writes a complementary guitar line to complete each chord, and adds lead licks. Dave and Lindsay add the bass line and drum parts, and we play the songs together, working out any kinks, until they are tight af.

How did it feel when you released your debut single?

Incredible. This is our first official single, so even though we’ve played a lot of shows, it felt like we were introducing ourselves to the world for the first time. It’s getting an excellent reception with critics saying that we sound familiar yet unique and exciting — we don’t sound like anyone else. Most importantly, everyone who has heard the single loves it! We’ve earned a lot of new fans which has been really fulfilling for us.

If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?

Billy Corgan or Gwen Stefani…

The Smashing Pumpkins record Siamese Dream is a major influence in our songwriting. Billy has a knack for achieving massive, gorgeous-yet-mean sounding guitars, and his lyrics are empowering and symbolically beautiful. Working with him would be next level.

Gwen is the pop rock queen with a monster talent at writing hooks. We would love to collaborate with her on a future single.

What first got you interested into music?

Heather: I felt pretty misunderstood as a kid growing up in the bush in northern Ontario. Finding music I identified with helped me feel less alone. I taught myself how to play as I went through law school, then quit law and started this band to connect with people on a deeper level.

Dave: I grew up in a household with a massive cd collection, started classical training as a young child, and joined my first rock band in my young teens. It’s always been a part of my life.

Lindsay: I got into music via school, was always obsessed with drums, started playing in school bands and I’ve never stopped!

Taylor: So my extended family had a cover band that would form each summer, and I started playing bass in it when I was 13. It was all classic rock. When I hear those songs now they sound odd, because to me the ‘correct’ version has my aunt or uncle singing the lead instead of, say, John Fogherty or Paul McCartney. 

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