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Corrections House
The other week I shot some interview questions over to the guys in Correction House in an e-mail through the fine folk at Earsplit PR. It didn’t take too long for Seward Fairbury, the band’s minister of propaganda, to get the answers back. Check out what Seward had to say about the debut album Last City Zero, touring plans, and more.


First of all, what prompted the four of you to create this supergroup called Corrections House, and has it met those initial expectations, if not surpassed them?

Seward:
It was an accident. The whole started in a car ride. A conversation and an opportunity. It has far exceeded initial expectations but what comes next will be held to a higher standard then the original thought.

Were there any other individuals you were hoping to include in the project either as full time members, or perhaps guest musicians or any other form of collaborators?

Seward:
Yes.

Last City Zero has a pretty cold and oppressive mechanical feel to it. Was this a natural environment that came about from just working together, or was this the intent and purpose for the album, and everyone focused on writing material with this sort of atmosphere?

Seward:
It is organically mechanical.

Does Corrections House plan on keeping to this sleek oppression musically, or will there be plans to change things up to not be as grim on future albums, or perhaps even more than Last City Zero already is?

Seward:
We don’t waste our time planning for futures that we most likely won’t see. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Whatever we do it will clear.

Last City Zero sounds like it has some kind of running concept through it. Is there, and would you mind dicussing it a bit? If not, given the final product of this album, would there be a chance of something like this on future albums?

Seward:
No this isn’t a concept album. We’re just reflecting and spewing our collective experience.

“Run Through the Night” definitely sounds out of place. How did this more early Folk influenced track come about, and how does it fit in with the rest of the album outside of the wasteland touch the guitars and vocals give it?

Seward:
It definitely doesn’t sound out of place to us. It fits our vision perfectly.

How about the title track? Why did the band go in a spoken word direction with it, and do you think the point of the message it has gets across better this way instead of being a regular track like “Dirt Poor and Mentally Ill” or even “Bullets and Graves”?

Seward:
Its something that Mike does, it was natural and it is effective.

I absolutely love the posters you guys have for live shows, especially the one for Chicago on November 30th. I saw a few different artists listed though. What made you choose to go with a variety of different artists to push the visual propaganda of Corrections House instead of just one?

Seward:
I do not recall the genesis of this approach but we believe that our vein is filled with something that many artists are tapped into so we are very comfortable having their interpretations represent our work.

Is there talk of sticking with just one of them in the near or distant future, or do you think it would greatly limit the band in some way?

Seward:
No there isn’t I think I explained why in the previous answer.

What is a live Corrections House performance like? Does it usually reflect the kind of poster you use to promote it?

Seward:
The live experience is loud and volatile. As you may know these brothers are very psychical and venomous performers. There is no thought as to the content of the gig poster when are planning a live assault.

I know you guys hit the US earlier this year, but is there any talk about hitting the road again in 2014, or perhaps even heading overseas at some point, or will touring for the album be a little more limited this time due to previous obligations? Please explain if possible.

Seward:
We will hit Europe in December of ’13. 2014 will bring more live assaults. We will see what comes our way.

Is there anything else you would like to mention before I let you go?

Seward:
Thank you for the opportunity to spread the word. Words are seeds and seeds grow into.

Corrections House: Last City Zero
Interview conducted thanks to Earsplit PR.