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Fear is in the Water

by Archives October 30, 2007

With Cassandra Ford’s powerhouse vocals (reminiscent of an early Gwen Stefani and Save Ferris’ Monique Powell) backed by the Kirkham brothers (Robbie on guitar, Chris on bass and Anthony on drums), together The Vincent Black Shadow is packing a punch with their debut album Fears in the Water.
From the stages of the Vans Warped Tour and the Virgin Festival this Vancouver quartet is well into their own headlining tour. Between American tour dates and preparation for a European tour, Cassandra Ford talks about the horrors under the sea and the demon behind their smash single “Fears in the Water”.
“There’s something scary about the sea. It’s big, deep and there are things lurking in it that we don’t know about. It’s not folklore. There literally are horrible monsters under the sea. A lot of deep sea fish look like something out of a horror movie. I’m sure crypto zoologists have field days thinking about all the weird, evil, slimy, horrible, ugly creatures that are hiding at the bottom of the ocean.
“In Asian culture there are all sorts of spirits. Water spirits, tree spirits, stuff like that. They all have their own “customs” attached to them. Some are good and some are bad.
“My friend had some sort of water spirit that had become attached to her when she was a baby. “Fears in the water” is loosely about that. Whenever she was in the bath something weird would happen. She’d scream at something that wasn’t there, splash around and freak out like something was pulling her under.
“Her mom got her a crucifix to wear and the weird stuff stopped for a while. But then a maid lost it and weird sh– started going down again.
“I’ve had some supernatural experiences myself while in the Philippines. I was thrown off my bed at 2 a.m. by something that was violently shaking it. I thought it was an earthquake but there was a glass of water next to my bed that was completely still. I still can’t explain that. I’m a logical person and I inspected the bed after it happened. It was so heavy that it would have taken two people to shake it that much.
“That’s about all I’m willing to share. I don’t want to look like I’m possessed.
“Just don’t go to the Philippines alone! I should really work for the tourism board.”

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