Christian Smith announces new project and releases "Wait, Commander"
It's been a busy year for Everett musicians including dark psych trio Crystal Desert, who successfully put out the What is Crystal Desert EP in February, Four Corners: A Split premiered by Do206, and Black Summer EP along with several notable regional shows and a tour to Reno for Off Beat Music Festival. These are all reasons why I was surprised and excited to see that Crystal Desert bassist Christian Smith announced a brand new project called Nail Houses, self described as "uncomfortable music for uncomfortable people". Maybe it's 2016, maybe it's just me, but I was quite comfortable listening to "Wait, Commander" the new single he released this month.
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Smith announced he will be releasing a five-track EP in early 2017 that he'll be playing most instruments on and that he'll co-engineer and mix with Simon Nicol. I had a few other questions for Smith:
1) Tell me about Nail Houses. how long have you been planning this project?
I've been writing music since before I was a teenager, but only until recently did I feel I had the tools at my disposal to put together a project with a unified vision. So in some ways it's been a project my whole life, but only in the last few months has its current incarnation become a reality.
2) This new track is the first track from the upcoming EP. Can you tell us about the direction this EP took?
Instrumentally, a lot of it was combing through demos and seeing what fit together the best. Half of the songs that will end up on the EP were instrumentals when they were selected, and everything that's been happening in our country and abroad has heavily influenced the lyric writing process. While not overtly political, it has undertones of authoritarianism and state-induced paranoia.
3) If you could have one person listen to Nail Houses, who would it be? Why?
Whoever the A&R person for Sub Pop is, so I can maybe get a recording advance next time.
4) What is your plan to play these live?
That's currently up in the air, but you can bet that at least one thing will be set on fire per show.