Before dawning on his recent solo career, Shane Graybill has taken inspiration from all eras and converted a modern twist of influences along the lines of The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, Animal Collective and Ariel Pink. Shane has been apart of several bands such as the Grim Wilderness and Burial Grounds, however after his recent break up with Burial Grounds Shane is on a mission to kick star his solo career under the title Cult Choir.
After previously putting together a small EP in the summer of 2012 called Summer Sacrifice, Shane is now working on his second album for Cult Choir that will take a turn away from the electric sound that his debut album held. This time around Shane will be writing a lot more of his songs on his acoustic guitar while harmonizing with some female vocalists. Shane takes us into a surreal fantasy world as we go on a long roll coaster ride into the depths of his soul.
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TSI had the privilege to sit down with Shane (SG) and talk to him about the past, present and what we can look forward to seeing in the future. Below you can also find a link to Shane’s recent release off of his full length album.
TSI: Are there any distinct childhood memories that lead to your descent into music?
Well from little on up I was always walking around the house singing or humming some random tune, my mom sung on the church worship team and I remember wanting to be up on stage singing with her. But I never really was that into playing music up until near the end of high school, but as most people do I’ve always enjoyed listening.
TSI: Has there been any singing lessons or classes taken that helped to strengthen your talents?
SG: Not really until a few months ago, I started taking guitar lessons. For the most part everything I (try to) play has been self taught from just messing around at my practice spot.
TSI: How did you come up with the name Cult Choir?
SG: A couple years ago when I was in The Grim Wilderness, the rhythm guitarist Brett Keller and I were working on an EP and I knew I wanted to have cult in our name but I couldn’t think of another good word that worked really well with it, and Brett came up with choir and I loved it. Not really too deep of a meaning or anything like that, it just stuck.
TSI: Tell me about the promotional videos you have in production at the moment?
SG: My cousin, Brett Graybill, is going to Temple for film and wanted to do a music video on Super 16 film. We both had a lot of fun shooting it and got a bunch of really cool shots, one where I’m floating on a couch through the streets as well as a halloween themed moonlight dinner. So we’re both excited for that to be finished, especially because film just has this natural grainy look that gives off a really classic vibe. I’ll be putting it up on vimeo and youtube as soon as it’s done, I can’t wait for people to check it out.
TSI: Have you collaborated with anyone for the recording of your next album?
SG: I have a few friends adding their talents to the recordings, Andrew Rutter added bass to a couple tracks. Mike Heller, who played guitar in Burial Grounds, added some mellotron to a few which really make them sound a lot more classic and full. My sister Korrine sings with me on two songs as well..
TSI: What events lead to the change in route for your next album?
SG: I suppose just what I’m listening to at the exact moment in time, a lot of older stuff like Beach Boys and Elvis as compared to listening to newer bands all the time like Ariel Pink, Twin Shadow and Neon Indian. With this album I want some of the songs to have that familiar structure and sound that a lot of 50’s and early 60’s music had, so that the audience is instantly thinking they know a certain song, when it’s actually their first time hearing it.
TSI: How do you feel the local scene has helped or not helped you expand your fan base?
SG: That’s a tough one, unfortunately this area isn’t the greatest for the kind of music I like to make, it’s a strong metal and singer songwriting scene. Luckily their are some really cool people in the area who have an open mind and open ears, that don’t mind doing something different. The Chameleon Club has been really cool with letting all my past bands play there, as well as giving me the opening slot for the recent Chappo show. I’m hoping in the near future more and more venues start to pop up that have more of an eclectic mix of artists.
TSI: Where do you see Cult Choir going in the next five years?
SG: The problem with past bands I’ve been in is that you always have creative differences eventually or someone has something come up where they can’t continue with the band. Now that I’m doing this as just solely me, I see it carrying on for as long as I’m making music, which I hope is the rest of my life. During that time I’d like to get some small label to possibly back me and get a little fanbase, possibly go on a tour or two that would be exciting.
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