Bill Stevenson Part 2: Only Crime
Only Crime began writing Pursuance--their third full-length--back in 2007. Each band member lives in a different city, so they typically meet up for five days at time at Stevenson's recording studio, and generally flesh out three songs per meeting. Song writing often entails one person bringing in a tune or idea, each member contributing their two cents, then vocalist Russ Rankin working out his vocal melodies alone. Things get tweaked when singer Russ Rankin [of the band Good Riddance] returns with his part.
While there's no formula or agenda for an Only Crime song, Stevenson admits "sometimes I think with Only Crime that we meet convention half way. The verses will be a little more adventurous in terms of the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic landscape, but then the chorus will be something that is maybe a little easier to handle on the first listen. I don't know if that's conscious for us--but we seem to fall into that a lot. Throw them a few wrenches during the verse, but the chorus is not such a difficult thing to digest."