By Chad Pope
As the year in music comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on what music will define 2015. Earlier this year Mikal Cronin released his third record under his name, MCIII. He has progressed from his first album rooted in fuzzy garage rock to adding more complex arrangements bringing in numerous new instruments. Lyrically, he is also mastering his craft. The songs are personal and full of emotion. MCIII is split into two parts with the second half an autobiographical narrative structured around a particular time in his life.
For me, 2015 will be the year I had the pleasure to meet and to interview Mikal Cronin. I recorded this interview earlier in the semester with a friend. Armed with a recording device we sat down at the patio in front of the venue where he was preparing to perform later that night. He was very charming and personable which made for an easy conversational discussion. The show that night was packed and loud. His band made up for the complexity of the record by bringing an energetic raw take on the songs.
In the interview we discussed his writing processes, splitting time with Ty Segall’s band, and stories of his travels on tour.
Disclaimer: In the recording I mention that Ty Segall has been quiet with releases, which is odd because he’s usually extremely prolific. He has since proven me wrong and after I recorded this interview has released a ton of new projects and is still most certainly still alive.