Ben Crew (vocals) In Defence
What is your name and band/label/etc?
My name is BEN CREW. I'm the vocalist for IN DEFENCE and work at PROFANE EXISTENCE RECORDS.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
To answer this question honestly I haven't had a top anything list since 1986. Seriously fuck new music. I'm old school and I need to protect my reputation as a jaded curmudgeon. But that said I really like everything that PROFANE EXISTENCE RECORDS put out this year...and they didn't just hand me an envelope filled with cash. Or did they? Who cares. Fuck you I'm punk!
- DEVIATED INSTINCT - Liberty Crawls LP
- WAR//PLAGUE - On A Darker Dawn LP
- OILTANKER / NO TOMORROW split LP
- WARTORN - Aftermath Of A Severed World LP
- THE SHAME - The World Is Ours 7"
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
I'll remember 2012 as the year I discovered our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Without him we are nothing but through him we can move mountains. Think about it! Also there is a band from Minneapolis called BRAIN TUMORS. They are the saviors of all things punk and the best part is they don't give a shit. Look em' up. Maybe they'll put something out on Profane. We'll see.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
This is the year IN DEFENCE still didn't make it big. I figure we'd be playing stadiums by now but we're still playing basements for spare change and broken cigarettes. Some things never change.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
PROFANE EXISTENCE is going to release one new 7" each month this year... on various limited edition colored vinyl. The singer from HARD SKIN already signed up to get one of each and you should too. Oi! IN DEFENCE is flying out to Hollywood to play a show with the CRO-MAGS. Maybe I'll get stabbed or maybe we'll get discovered and be in movies who knows. Also I take back that thing about getting stabbed.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Aside from IN DEFENCE making it big I'm stoked for that PE Limited Edition Singles Series. There are gonna be some real gems in there...on some awesome colors.
Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?
This is a thing?? I want that!