A Thousand Cranes: Philosophical, Confessional And Loud

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com.

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Before you get into this, you should know these two things:

  • A Thousand Cranes is an awkward, woozy, surreal band that's probably a band in only a liberal sense of the word. The first time you listen to them, you're either going to say that they might be the greatest thing going on in the city right now, or you'll put finger quotes around the word "music" when you describe them to someone else because you think really its just a bunch of weirdos making noise into a microphone. (We're of the thinking that it's the former.)
  • We fully intended to hate these guys when we initially heard about them.

Oh, you probably need to know this too: The interview below is long as shit, more than 1,200 words. And that's after it's been parsed down to the most important parts. Mostly, we try to keep these interviews somewhere in the vicinity of 600 words, because anything beyond that is usually uninteresting. But this time we couldn't cut it any shorter without thinning out some of the brilliance behind the music.

Keep it moving to read about a lotus, a really expensive fishing net and the greatest single answer to a question in the history of the Artist of the Week column.

Rocks Off: Standard AotW Opener: Tell everyone everything they need to know about A Thousand Cranes in exactly six words.

A Thousand Cranes: That lotus always rises from shit.


RO: You have a song called "Diamond Net." Would an actual diamond net be the greatest net of all time?

ATC: The name is taken from Indra's Net of Jewels, which is related in the Avatamsaka Sutra. It is a parable that there is a net covering the universe, and at each intersection or node of the net, there is a jewel. The net is infinite in every direction and every dimension, so the jewels are also infinite.

The jewels are precious and beautiful. However, if you look closely at only one jewel, you will see reflected in it all of the other infinite jewels, and each of these infinite jewels in the reflection of the one jewel reflect every other jewel as well. So the reflecting is infinite.

Indeed, this does sound like the greatest net of all time.


RO: You went with the name A Thousand Cranes for your band name. Why? Did you feel that 990 cranes weren't quite enough cranes to represent your band's awesomeness?

ATC: Thank you for the compliment. We named ourselves A Thousand Cranes because it is poetic and pretty. There is a Japanese legend that if you create A Thousand Cranes you will be granted a wish. Also, the quantity 1,000 is overwhelming in magnitude.

A Thousand Cranes, "Pop It"


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9 comments
Travis
Travis

Hi Chaosface, This is Travis, of the band. I understand your confusion. When we made our humble myspace page, we uploaded the songs we had made up to that point, and as an action of homage to the bands we love we took their own myspace images that they had as their profile pics at the time and used them as the icons for the songs we had uploaded. There was Dead Roses (icon for the song Prana), Rusted Shut (icon for Bardo, a song we took off our myspace years ago.) Nectarine - Together We Are Instruments (icon for Land of the Dead,) Indian Jewelry (icon for Nectar.) To be fair to us, we have asked each of those bands to be on bills with us a number of times, and jumped at the chance to play with them when they have offered. As well as we mention each of those bands in our other internet interviews as inspirations and/or bands we love. I would like to thank you for visiting our myspace page, I also appreciate your observation, which means you have looked at the page with a discerning eye. I would also like to thank Shea again for the interview/ encouraging words, all the artists that played the show last Saturday and everyone that came to the show last Saturday, as well as the people of the Mink. Thanks

Chaosface 1 week agoAw man. You should have asked him why he stole a local musicians cover art and passed it off as his own.

Chaosface
Chaosface

Aw man. You should have asked him why he stole a local musicians cover art and passed it off as his own.

La Strada
La Strada

Is that an authentic A Thousand Cranes photo? Awesome. This is probably one of the deepest interviews from a musician that I have ever read; I can't wait to attend the 01/29 show!

Thurogood
Thurogood

Nice to see this guy getting some shine. Good job TK.

-Thurogood

patrick
patrick

Is the diamond net kind of like the gilded cage? Good stuff. Nice work Travis.

Shorty
Shorty

these comments are written by the short(er) family members

King Hamibi
King Hamibi

i foresee a 2010 as the golden year for a thousand cranes. 1st 7" out soon soon soon on the exciting new early astronauts label.

Locodel99
Locodel99

Although I have A thousand cranes on my I-pod ..er i mean mp3 player. I am always taken back by Travis Kerschen's poetry and intrinsic insight into the world of the unknown

itchyandscratchy
itchyandscratchy

Good article. Good interview. Thanks for interviewing one of Houston's most interesting bands!

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