Tim Edwardsvocals - Guitar, Piano
Danny Saitua - Lead Guitar
Gary Rugala - Bass
John Vitellaro - Drums
Rob Bezanson - Piano
“In life I find we work really hard to get our lives on a parallel. It
is my belief, that when we get close, a crash occurs to keep life both
challenging and emotionally driven. The crash is where I found a lot of
my inspiration for writing the songs on this record. - Tim Edwards on
naming the band
Drawing inspirations from their musical influences Pearl Jam, David
Gray, Coldplay and Counting Crows, Crash Parallel's major label debut
World We Know features 11 tracks that flow through melody and rock to
create a promising release for SONY BMG MUSIC CANADA INC. on May 6th,
Having penned the entire album, World We Know is a testament to the
band’s passion and talent for writing songs. “We wanted to create an
album that everyone can relate to by writing songs that evoke feeling
in people. Essentially the album is about the way we cope with different
situations in the world we know today,” explains lead singer Edwards.
“It’s storytellers with a bit of an edge.”
The album was recorded at Chalet Studios in Ontario, produced by Dan Weston
(City and Colour, Attack In Black), who also helped co-write “Not That Simple”
and “Save Yourself” on the album and mixed by Mark Makoway (Buck 65,
Sarah Slean, David Usher, Mat Mays).
How it all began, the writing team…
With a history spanning over a decade, vocalist Tim Edwards and guitarist
Danny Saitua didn’t start writing together till 4 years ago. Edwards had
been working on material on his acoustic guitar and called upon Saitua to
help him add more elements to the songs. “At the time I was producing
hip hop and I had no interest in working on rock songs, but agreed to one
session as a favor to Tim,” admits Saitua.
But there was no way for the two to predict what would happen next… The
reunion was explosive and after only one writing session together the
two completed the song “Long Night Dreaming”. It became immediately
evident that they had a similar vision in musical direction the style and
chemistry was undeniable. In fact, that first song the duo wrote ultimately
caught the ear of Global Television Executives and landed the full song a
spot on the Season 1 Finale of the hit drama Falcon Beach.
With their natural ability to pair lyrics with music the two set out to
compose more songs. “The songwriting process for me starts with a mood, a
thought, a lyric, a story or an idea that has inspired me or touched me in
some way” claims Edwards. “It develops with the intent to deliver a final
product that really tells the story, not just in words and melody, but also
in all parts and all instruments.” For Saitua “it is imperative that the music
fits the mood of the lyrics. Tim and I agreed that the key to songwriting is
to use our instinct and to never compromise.”
Crash Parallel is born…
As the songs grew, Edwards called upon Johnny Vitellaro, a talented drummer
he knew from high school, and Gary Rugala a local bass player. “When Tim called
me up I didn’t think I was going to have enough time to commit to the project,”
admits Vitallaro. “But when I heard the music I knew that I had to be involved.”
Time passed and before long the band had more than enough content to choose from.
“Collectively we wanted to achieve an album of songs that were relatable to one
another but each had their own voice. There were songs we loved but we felt they
fell outside the box of this record so they didn’t make the cut,” says Edwards.
The end result was World We Know a collaboration of songs that showcase Crash
Parallel’s diversity in range of emotion, melody and tempo.
The band’s first single and title track “World We Know” is a heartfelt rock song
that issues a call to action for listeners to take responsibility for the
destruction-taking place in the world. “I started thinking a lot about the world
and how people are connected whether through love, hate, beliefs, sympathy or
disaster and I asked myself: Why weren’t we taking action to protect our world?
What are we waiting for?” explains Edwards.
Having drawn many of the songs from personal experiences, “Rain Delays” is song that
is very personal to Edwards. “This song was a metaphor for my life at the time, I was
working at a bar and it was as though I was waiting out a rain delay before I moved on
to the next phase in my life,” claims Tim. “I also love Danny’s kick ass guitar solo
at the end of the song, in the studio we would all play air guitar along with him.”
The band also slow things down on the album demonstrated beautifully in the intimate
piano ballad “Autumn Leaves” a striking depiction of the emotional cycle that people
go through with the change of the seasons.