The thing is, I've been playing music for a long time.It's coming up on fifteen years that I've been making music and ten that I've been touring.There, surrounded by "cool East Coast people," Crutchfield remembers being self-conscious about her Southern drawl ("I felt like such a bumpkin"). As Crutchfield worried about fitting in, her newly formed group Waxahatchee was taking off.
I want to be making records for a really long time, so I just want to explore and see where my ideas take me.
AH: Your new album is autobiographical and centers on you realizing you're in an unhealthy relationship where you said you weren't being honest with yourself. KC: That's something that's been a pattern for me in my life, where I find myself in these situations that are comfortable and look around and don't recognize anything.
It's the relationship of my life, my creative relationship with my sister.
We do still collaborate a lot and we're talking about starting a new band. Like her opinions about it and the feeling that she gets from it, that's the most important thing.
I feel like I've just sort of gotten myself into this corner, [like] I let myself fall into a situation rather than have that agency and select certain things for my life.
I don't want to call it a break-up record, but it was a romantic and professional relationship that fell apart.
People lose themselves into relationships sometimes. AH: I think the lyrics are likely relatable for a lot of people, but they're rooted in such a personal experience. It's an interesting theme because you seem so self-assured.
Is it something you struggle with behind the scenes?
I have good days and bad days, but mostly I'm fine with it.