Interview: Crimson Calamity Kick A$$ & Take Names On Debut Album “All In The Cards”

Interview: Crimson Calamity Kick A$$ & Take Names On Debut Album “All In The Cards”

High spirited singer/songwriting duo Crimson Calamity encompass badass, no-nonsense attitude on their debut EP “All In The Cards” due out on March 31st, 2015. Lauren Harding and Mallory Trunnell have been performing music as solo artists for pretty much as long as they can remember, but it was when they banded together to experimented with their long held country music inspirations that something changed for both of them. Out of effortlessly emotive harmonies, high flying vocals, and firecracker songwriting Crimson Calamity was born. In fact, the first song they wrote together  “Line ‘em Up and Shoot ‘em Down,” was the catalyst that inspired them to take their collaborative efforts seriously. Not since the days of folk-country pop duo, The Wreckers, has a female led band generated this much musical heat. And these women mean serious business.

Inspired by strong-female led artists like Miranda Lambert and Grace Potter, with a hint of old school Cash and Hank – they infuse a little of each inspiration into their rowdy sound, embodying that spitfire southern personality that explodes off of each and every track. The songs that make up “All in the Cards” are built on a country-rock landscape littered with smooth vocals that drip like honey over their hellfire melodies. All and all, it’s an EP that any true country music fan needs to listen to.

I had the chance to catch up with them ahead of the release of “It’s All In The Cards” and talk a little bit about the album, how they met, and what inspires them. Check out my interview below and be sure to pick-up their album when it’s released this March. Don’t forget to head over to their official website and follow the duo on both Twitter and Instagram. This is one release, I promise you, you don’t want to miss.


How did the two of you meet and what made you want to start collaborating together?
We met in college where we both majored in musical theater, but were brought together having a mutual aspiration to be songwriters and create our own music.

We became best friends and we have been collaborating in various ways for years now… co-writing, touring and singing together. When we wrote ‘Line em Up and Shoot em Down’ that sparked ideas that led to us becoming a band officially.

What inspired the two of you to explore this country/rock sound on your EP “All In The Cards”?
We come by it rightly. We both love that sound as music fans. As the project was born, we had both been searching for our next move musically. We had one solid discussion about performing together for this incarnation of our career, and the ideas and imagery of Crimson Calamity came to us so quickly we just started writing like crazy. The sound came from that imagery and our desire to create great organic music. Alt- Country seemed like a natural direction for us to go in.

These songs all have such distinct and descriptive story lines, tell me a little bit about your writing process and the story behind some of the tracks?

Its funny because each song has its own process… for example, Rock Bottom came from a moment of frustration and we wrote it in all of 20 minutes!  Dead Man’s Hand was a much harder song for us to write because its a story song. We strove to say everything we wanted to say without being too wordy while still keeping the integrity of the tale. The dichotomy between results like that always keeps the journey fresh and interesting.

There’s such a sense of girl power on these tracks. Tons of attitude and trouble surround the lyrics, was that part of your vision as you went into this project or did you naturally gravitate to those feelings?

We definitely come by it naturally. We are both girls who have had our own heartbreaks and challenges, we’re fiery and sassy and we write what we know. It’s in our nature as songwriters to get stuff out by turning it into art that people can hopefully connect with. On this project we’ve had a fascination with the Wild West and people like Calamity Jane, who had a lot of attitude herself. She said ‘I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.’ That concept has been very rich to draw inspiration from for these songs, and why we gave her homage with our band name. 

What artists have had the biggest impact on the “All In The Cards” sound and why?

Both of us have an affinity for Country music, especially the old school stuff… Johnny, Dolly, Hank etc. But we are also inspired by the Roots-Rock sound of current artists like Grace Potter and the haunting melodies of The Civil Wars.

You both make music as individual songwriters and artists as well, what do you feel is the biggest difference being part of a duo instead of on your own?

The biggest difference for us (aside from our solo stuff being more pop/singer/songwriter based) is that we get to help one another grow in a different capacity than ever before. Being in a band is, in a way, like a marriage… you need to communicate and challenge one another without egos getting in the way. Thank God, we are best friends and completely trust each other, so that helps!

When people listen to this album, what do you hope they take away from it?

We hope people rock out to it, find things they can relate to and we hope the fellas remember to not leave their pistols at home 😉 – We really want to connect with our fans and inspire the next generation of artists as well.

It would be so fun to hear this collection of songs live, do you have any plans to take this show on the road?

Definitely! We are going to Nashville in the spring and from there we plan to tour as much as possible throughout the rest of the year.
Will you two continue to collaborate in the future? What are you working on now?

Of course! As songwriters, we will always be writing for ourselves and likely with other artists as well. That’s a joy. But this is it for us. We want to perform as a band for a long time. Crimson is our baby and we are ready to hit the ground running and build a longstanding relationship with our fan-base.
If Crimson Calamity were hanging out at a bar with friends, what three songs would you put on the Jukebox to get everyone revved up?

“Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin
“Fuzzy” by The Randy Rogers Band
“Cool Kids” by Echosmith
A huge thank you to Crimson Calamity for taking the time to talk with  me. Be sure to check out their debut album, It’s All In The Cards, on March 31st on iTunes! If you’re in Nashville, follow me on twitter @JukeboxMixtape so you know when they’re coming to town! Because you better believe I’ll be telling you.



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