Minneapolis musician and writer Nate Gangelhoff has an impressive CV. He’s played in Off With Their Heads, Rivethead, and Banner Pilot, as well as a band that’s recently put out their third full-length, The Gateway District. The quartet’s remarkably well-known for a band that rarely plays outside of the Twin Cities area, but their pedigree is enough to interest anyone familiar with the current punk scene, with members of the Soviettes, Salteens, and Dear Landlord (to say nothing of Gangelhoff’s laundry list of bands).
Gangelhoff was kind enough to take time out of his rather busy schedule to do an e-mail interview with us about the new album, Old Wild Hearts, as well as his many other musical projects.
As October winds down and we get closer to November, music geeks start going through the albums released in the past year, and “best of” lists begin to take shape. One of the contenders being floated around as best punk album is Crusades‘ The Sun Is Down And The Night Is Riding In, released last month on It’s Alive.
Is it the best album of the year? Potentially. It does things with pop-punk, hardcore, and orgcore that flips genres. The melding of clear, catchy sing-along choruses with powerful stoner rock riffs is a breath of fresh air. It speeds up the sludge, but there’s still that rumble in the gut you get from bands like Torche or Kyuss. The harmonizing isn’t limited just to choruses – Crusades operates with multiple voices at all times, making the songs seem like a choir of angry angels taking up electric guitars.