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They say that not all heroes wear masks, but in Ceiling Demon’s case they do. The masked alt-rappers from Richmond have used their artistic and energetic form of music to shed light on the darkness that can arise from poor mental health. On top of that they have put on numerous events to raise money for the various charities that are doing their utmost to help people overcome or cope with their psychological afflictions. Their live shows aren’t bad either and have brought a smile to many an audience member’s face as frontmen (and brothers) Dan and Psy Harrison go absolutely radged with the passion that their music emits.

The hip-hop hope-bringers are performing at Last Train Home festival on Saturday 7th September and so we fired across a few questions to get a flavour of them and the day.

How would you describe your live show?
A guided ghost walk on a knife’s-edge, mixing cathartic therapy and punk-tinged chaos with poetry. Every show is different depending on our line-up, but ultimately they are all artful rituals of passion that look for hope and praise love through the darkness.

Have you got any new releases in the pipeline?
We spent the early part of 2019 crafting some new sounds and demoing them in Swaledale, for a future release. These are getting nurtured and some are being translated into the live shows for the time being – with a vision to be released next year. In the meantime, we’re looking to contribute some tracks towards a special art-release with a local label later in 2019.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
As a band which lurks within the realms of rap, indie and folk genres we have been fortunate enough to be versatile within our line-ups and creation processes. There have been times of crisis and change within this, but we have managed to sustain the name and overcome logistical challenges by keeping the legacy firmly in mind. 

Give us a scary/funny anecdote about the time you caught the Last Train Home?
May Bank Holiday, Evolution Festival, 2007. After a day of getting lifted by music on the Quayside with acts like Bonde Do Role, Soulwax and (a then, acceptable in the 80s) Calvin Harris – we decided to round things off with headliners Maximo Park, only realizing mid-set that we were cutting the last train back to Darlo super close – the two drunk teenage twin brothers legged it back to the station, the last train was in sight, the doors were closing and one of the boys managed to narrowly make it on board – leaving the other exiled for a rather blurry/bloody evening in the Toon.

What do you like about a festival performance as opposed to a regular gig?
They’re a great way of bringing like-minded people together. With times usually being shorter than a headline gig – the challenge of crafting a more concise, impactful set is enjoyable to do and to witness. In general festivals are a fantastic opportunity to catch loads of artists, creating all kinds of music and we dig that a lot. 

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