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"So flippin' excited", I believe were the exact words I used when I found out that The Classic Crime was coming back to Kansas. I first saw these guys when they were on the Tooth and Nail Tour last spring. Traveling with groups like: Anberlin, Emery, The Fold, Far-less and Jonezetta. I absolutely loved their sound! So I waited and waited patiently for that fateful day in May when their debut album was to be released. Just as I expected the CD was amazing, and has yet to leave my car. So needless to say I was rather ecstatic to hear that my favorite group would be making a stop on their tour in Kansas. I jumped at the chance to see them live again and to top things off, this time I got to sit down with Matt (lead vocals) to chat about the weather; sports and you know….music:

Hybrid Magazine: You toured on The Tooth and Nail Tour months before your album was actually released, do you think that had an effect on the album sales or an effect on fans that saw you at the show yet were unable to purchase your music?

Matt: I think it had a huge effect; we're constantly getting people who say "Hey, I remember seeing you guys on the Tooth & Nail Tour!" It helped with our recognition and sales definitely.

HM: Going with the last question, how has the industry response been with your debut release Albatross?

Matt: Great, or at least that's how we like to think of it. Tooth & Nail has really done a lot for us. And so did their Tour, it's been great.

HM: You've toured with Anberlin, Emery, and now the Static Lullaby and So They Say, but if you could put together your own tour, who would you have?

Matt: I wouldn't want to list certain bands, because I wouldn't want to leave anyone out. They're really all great bands that we've toured with, we've had an amazing time with everyone. And as long as the guys are cool, we're going to have fun with anyone.

HM: You just released your very first album; you've just begun your career in the music industry. Do you see yourselves doing this for 5 years, 10 years, as long as humanly possible?

Matt: Yes, I pretty much want to do this for as long as I can. I can't see myself doing anything else in this world, this just makes me so happy, I don't want to stop.

HM: What's in store for The Classic Crime? Are their goals that the band has set to achieve in say 2007? Is there any plan to attempt to break into radio (more than the Christian station)?

Matt: Touring mostly, coming up. We're also planning on releasing a single off of the record to radio and then seeing how that pans out. Pretty much just getting on the road.

Probably one of the most relaxed interviews I've done; it really more felt like 2 friends just hanging out. Granted, it was hanging out backstage before one of the friends was going to get up on that stage to perform. Still we were like friends: we had a little joke going on with some of the fans and we had secrets - well, not really secrets, but information that I'll keep to myself for Matt's sake. It was great interview, followed by an amazing show. And as far as the secret's concerned: you'll have to keep your ears perked on the radio, to see what I'm talking about.

-Rachel Fredrickson

The Classic Crime

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