Mike Krol recently released a new album Power Chords, which we rated very highly. We decided it would be fun to find out more about the man behind the music – check out our interview below!
By Jane Howkins
How was your 2018? Any particular highlights?
I finished my album in 2018, so that was a big highlight! I had been working on it since 2016, so I’m happy that it is finally out in 2019. Besides that, I paid off my car I bought in 2013 and did a tour playing a bunch of cities I had never played before.
Are you excited about whar 2019 holds? Anything in particular that stands out to you?
Absolutely. My record came out very recently, so I’m excited to get on the road and start playing these songs live. I hope to give the people what they want in 2019!
You recently released a new album titled Power Chords. How how has the reception been?
The reception has been great so far! I try not to read reviews or comments on articles online, but I’ve had friends read them for me and they’ve told me most have favorable. Europe is a little more tricky, but in time I think what I’m doing will catch on. The real test of time will be these shows I have lined up. Hopefully people will clap.
What can we tell about the album, and why should people check it out?
It’s loud, angry and catchy, but it also has hope and realizations soaked into it. I think It’s the kind of record that you can listen to from start to finish and not get bored or distracted, and also go through a range of emotions. That’s always been the goal for me.
Have you released any singles, or do you plan to release any in the future?
Yes, I’ve released 4 singles for this album. The first one was pressed as a limited edition 7″. I’ll have a few for sale on tour, while supplies last.
How is the writing and recording process for you? Do you find it easy or hard?
Both are hard. Well, writing riffs is easy for me. But writing lyrics is very difficult and takes a ton of time and self examination. I take lyrics very seriously. I’m fortunate that I hired people I admire to work on the recording and mixing process with me, so they make it easier, but I still fuss over every single detail and the process drags out for quite a bit of time. So it ends up being quite hard as well. It’s not finished until it’s perfect.
What sort of stuff influences you most, and what have you been listening to recently?
I love all kinds of punk and indie rock – a healthy dose of both. Lately I’ve been on a huge Nick Lowe kick. He’s probably my favorite songwriter at the moment. I’ve also been really digging the new Jon Spencer solo album and the new Pedro The Lion record. Both are fantastic.
Do you have any tour dates coming up? If so, when and where?
Yes, I’ll be touring across the UK in April. Check out my website for more information.
Why do you think people should come and see you live and what can people expect from a show?
I think the backing band I currently have is really dialed in. You should expect a fast flurry of a set with lots of me walking around the dance floor or rolling around on the ground. It’s a fun show, and we give it 110% no matter who is paying attention.
Any last words for the fans?
The new album is out now! Buy it!