On the heels of their album release tour for Empty Plinths, Sarah catches up with Calvin Sewell, frontman of hardcore thrashers Grand Collapse. Hailed as one of the best hardcore band in the UK right now, we dedicated time to talking about Grand Collapse’s lyrics as an outlet for Calvin’s anger at the state of the world.
We discussed the politics and current affairs, including Sarah Everard’s murder, the petrol ‘shortage’, the Nation, the National Detective Program where the police asked neighbours or spy on one another, and migrant crossing and continuing refugee crises. We also touched on the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue that inspired the album title Empty Plinths.
Grand Collapse had also just finished their album release tour, so we also talked about DIY touring and whether the landscape’s changed after the pandemic and Brexit.
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Cover photo by Hold My Pint.
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