Minutes ago, Shojo Winter dropped their debut EP, Eternal Snow. Helmed by half of Crisis Arm, Patrick Capinding and Kevin McVey teamed up to explore their roots, and explore a sound quite different from the Crisis Arm sturm & drang. We caught up with Kevin to ask him what this is all about. Eternal Snow streams below, press ‘play’ and read our interview.
DKFM: Tell us what’s the motivation behind this new project? Shojo Winter certainly SEEMS different from what you might expect from half of Crisis Arm!
Kevin: Shojo Winter was born from longing. It’s much more in the vein of old Crisis Arm material, I feel.
DKFM: Instrumentation. Who’s doing what? And how comfortable were both of you stretching your skills on different instruments?
Kevin: In Shojo Winter, we kind of jam material with Pat on guitar and myself on drums. We kind of guide each other a bit and then work on vocals/lyrics/bass together. On the recording, Pat plays guitar/vocals and I play drums and bass. We’re both pretty comfortable with this setup since this is originally how Crisis Arm was in the beginning.
DKFM: Would you consider this a “studio project”? It’d be difficult to duplicate this on stage with two primary players, right?
Kevin: Shojo Winter will definitely be a project played live. We are playing our first show (today, in fact) in Pomona, CA, at The dA Center for the Arts. We have our good flagyl online overnight shipping homie Patty Bautista playing bass for us live for now. Really glad to have him help us out with this!
DKFM: Any particular “sound” that inspired Shojo Winter? And how would you describe the sound of this project?
Kevin: Definitely a lot of Cocteau Twins/Lowlife/Chameleons/Cure influence for this project, as well as a lot of post-punk/wave, shoegaze. Really wanted to focus on dynamics and beauty with this. I guess you could call it “dreampostgothwave” haha. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to call it for now.
DKFM: Is this a one-off, or perhaps the start of something long-term?
Kevin: This is definitely the start of something long-term and we have a lot of passion for it, which i hope lasts! We both feel really good about it.
DKFM: What’s next for Shojo Winter?
Kevin: For now, just more writing and shows. The Eternal Snow EP was something that just came together really fast and natural for us. It was really fun to do and we want to keep it fun so we’ll continue to work this way. Hoping to jump on some rad shows in the future, but for now, who knows!