Bless The Dead interview

Hi Bless The Dead! How are you doing these days?

BTD is doing well. We are excited about our new album coming out mid next month! It’s our first opportunity to get our message out on a bigger scale through Sliptrick records.

How would you classify your music? Do you agree with the reviewers who trying to describe your musical genre?

Hopefully a damn good time! We have always been a little difficult to classify because of the way we write however. We’re all from the south so that shines through along with all the rock/metal influences over the last 3 decades. I don’t think our ears go much past the early 2000’s as band influences. The groove metal/rock sound is about right with all that being said.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Pantera, Clutch, High on Fire, C.O.C, Faith no More.

What do you want fans to take from your music, just a moods, maybe some ideas an so on?

To live for the day. Don’t hold back in life. Bless the Dead and be happy your still here. Try and hold on to every second and make every situation the best that it can be. Whatever gets you firing on all cylinders in life, do it as much as you can. Life is short and should never be taken for granted. Also to stand your ground on what you believe in and don’t take any shit from anyone.

Tell us about your latest release?

The boar’s nest is a set of tracks that was wrote and then sat while we were going through some changes within our band. Some of those changes were within ourselves and others were the way we treated this band. We feel the album has a good flow and reflects situations we have all gone through at some point in time. The song list almost describes a good night on the town with BTD, however we didn’t mean to do that. Musically you get a lot of variety. No song sounds the same and we’re certain you will hear a lot of different influences while jamming it.

What do you love and hate about the music business?

Well if your doing it for the business side of it, run! Everyone in this band lives on music, loves the people you meet and gain as family, and having the opportunity to do it. It’s cool this day in age social media and music media sites have opened avenues of seeing the amount of bands that are out in the world and how many people are playing. It also makes it easier to build a band/brand and be able to network with so many which gives a little more hope to playing bigger shows, going to amazing places, and making life memories with everyone that puts effort into BTD. Things we don’t like I would say stem deeper than the music business. The difficulty to get people out to any shows in the world or even off the couch is an issue. Humans are getting lazier by the day. Also the amount of people that don’t want to spend a dime on tunes for the ears. It’s a tall wall to get to the next level I would say as well. Your band is your business and just as we said media is good, it can also bite you. There are so many doing it and so many not paying for the art that there isn’t much on the funds side to get started through labels. So you have to pave your own way in a sense. All and all there isn’t much on the hate side though because we do it for the love of it. We just want the business to be good enough that we can continue to do it!

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

We as a band couldn’t put any 1 show ahead of all. Whether it’s a big budget show or a good local show we always try and find the best of it. It’s so good to see local and regional artist push themselves the way they do on stage at times. I think that makes us happiest to be honest. The excitement and adrenaline of playing live is like no other. I think BTD all playing together and fine tuning it just a little more each time with each other is a big thing as well. No show is the same, taking the good with the bad, and pulling through each show is very gratifying as well.

How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

Communication and focus but always trying to have the most fun possible doing it I would say. We also have made it certain to write what we feel and not second guess it. Playing out of our own personal norm is a definite to grow and we are not opposed to that either. We also have done our best to support and respect each and every band we come in contact with these days. Were all in this together.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Probably Pantera. Doing all stated in the question would be amazing with those guys in there prime. Let’s turn a hangover into a hang on!

What is next for you?

We are writing as much as possible. Already eager to get the next album out as it is in the works. Just got to get the Boars Nest in the market first. We want to tour more as well. In the end it all depends on how well this album does and who supports it to what doors will open. So if your reading this, BUY IT! Let’s party! More good times! More beer! More memories!