We May Have Been Locked Down, But That Hasn’t Stopped Crown The Empire Opening Their (Closet) Door…

Over the last few months of lockdown, I’ve watched Billie Eilish scrolling through the messages her fans have posted on Instagram, Mike Shinoda making music in the comfort of his own home and Hayley Williams talking on the phone. I feel like I’ve spent more time in YUNGBLUD’s front room than my own. Yes, we’ve been living in a state of lockdown but in a weird roundabout way that’s meant all our favourite artists opening up more than ever.

I’m grateful that these people are willing to share their lives with us. I would absolutely not be able to let anyone look at my life in the way Kim Petras, for example, lets me look at hers. And, yeah, I get how that’s kind of a ‘moo’ point (yes, I’ve been watching way too much Friends) because no one in their right mind would want to examine my existence too closely anyway, but you know what I mean.

The fact is, we’re so lucky that bands like Bring Me The Horizon and Bury Tomorrow are willing to expose their inner selves. It must feel pretty squirmy, knowing that so many people have access to your deepest fears and darkest thoughts – but when, say, Taylor Swift tells us she feels anxious and awkward, doesn’t that make you feel less crazy about your own anxieties and awkwardness? When you find out that Lynn Gunn’s life is gooey too, don’t you breathe a little more easily?  

Crown The Empire are the latest band to share themselves in this kind of intimate way. In their Out Of Focus documentary, the four-piece talk about their own struggles in a manner that helps me understand how to manage my own, and when they discuss the monsters in their closet, it makes me feel less frightened by the ones in mine. The film might only be ten minutes long, but it’s connected me to Crown The Empire in the most permanent way. I can’t wait to see them back on stage.