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Band Interview: Chelsea Grin’s Alex Koehler

We have another treat for you Blue Banana fans! Chelsea Grin, who recently gave us an exciting in store signing, was happy to grant the Blue Banana blog an awesome interview. We spoke to lead singer Alex Koehler about their new music, plans for the future, favourite bands and their experience in our store.

Q. How do you feel about Ashes To Ashes and how have the fan’s responded to your new music?

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Chelsea Grin’s Alex Koehler

Ashes To Ashes is by far the best music this band has ever put out. We were finally able to capture all the things we love musically, and put it into one album. The reaction so far has been great!

Q. What are your plans for touring and festivals this year?

We will be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long!

Q. How do you feel the band has evolved over the years from your debut album?

We’ve all just gotten better at what we do. We started this band at such a young age, so it was all a big learning process up until now, and we’re still continuing to improve, and learn new things to date.

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The band’s latest album, Ashes To Ashes

Q. Do you have any interesting, weird or funny stories from when you were playing a festival or attending yourselves?

I personally love seeing a random kid in the pit, wearing some sort of costume, or jump suit. It cracks me up.

Q. What advice would you give to festival virgins attending their first festivals this summer?

Drink lots of water, and prepare yourself for an awesome day!

Q. Which bands would you say have most influenced your music?

This band listens to everything from Paramore, to Slipknot haha! We don’t limit ourselves to one genre of music.

Q. Do you have any tips to give to young aspiring musicians?

Just get out there, and work your ass off! Never let the haters get to you, and continue to pump out music, and play shows!

Q. Did you enjoy meeting your fans in the Blue Banana in store signing?

One of our awesome Chelsea Grin tees

One of our awesome Chelsea Grin tees

I really did enjoy the Blue Banana signings. The fans were awesome, and the store overall just had good vibes.

Q. What future plans does the band have for new music and which sort of direction do you see yourselves heading in musically?

We’re going to head wherever the wind takes us, so to speak haha! Our musical taste just keeps changing, and changing, so I don’t even know what to expect from the future. One thing is for certain, you can definitely count on us staying aggressive, and heavy.

Q. Are there any new bands out there you like that want to give a shout out to?

Night Verses, Upon This Dawning, and The Browning. They are good friends of ours, and I feel like they’ve just scratched the surface of the scene. Look out for these guys!


We hope you guys enjoyed our quick little Q&A with the band, and if you missed out on actually meeting them in person at the store signing, then you can always cheer yourself up with some Chelsea Grin merchandise!

Written by Laura Swift

Laura Swift


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