Interview with Bless the Dead

Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?

-BTD is based close to Atlanta,  Georgia U.S. We have all known each other for years and have all played together within our own, separate local bands forever. Everyone has been playing music since they were young lads and I’m pretty sure it was consistent for the most part. Background wise rock/metal has always been there, or at least a sub genre. We all had spoke at times about working with each other over the years and it finally fell into place. We are 5 guys that have a strong respect and friendship. Music is a passion that we can not live without and it keeps us grounded in life. We love to hang with anyone and everyone we can at shows. This band loves to celebrate with beers, make friendships, and have as much fun as possible. 

Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

-There were many names thrown for weeks before we finally settled. In the end we all came to the conclusion that BLESS THE DEAD represented tribute to a lot of our influences that have already pasted on. Secondly, we felt it was an action type statement for living for the day and trying to get everything out of life that we can. Our sound has stayed pretty consistent over the years. It really wasn’t a question of what type music we were going to build. The only talk was putting a southern feel in the mix.  What we love about this band is we write what we want and what comes out, we deliver. We are very happy that we have formed into a band that crosses many genres as well. 

What can you tell us about your latest record?

-It represents a lot of different styles. It’s an album about how influences, personal fixes, and life cravings can take you down some different roads and paths of life. There are results to every move we make. Energy but groove run through the veins of ‘The Boars Nest’ album. Vocally we feel that everyone can get there own feeling and story of the tracks. That’s something that we think is cool when listening to music ourselves. It also has melodic but heavy vocals at times. The drums and bass lock in and set up the band to jam freely influence wise which gives the album that groove from start to finish. The fills Mike gives on bass give it such a warm, deep, rich feeling full of depth. You get lead licks in every track and can tell that the guys are having a good time playing together on the album. 

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?

-Well we would love to get solid, positive, and respectable feedback that says this album rocks from start to finish. We really are curious of what influences other people hear as well. We hope the album can set in a place with people that they get something from every instrument and many genres. These tracks sat for a while before being recorded and we already have another one just about done. We hope ‘The Boars Nest’ paves a way that BTD is heard in every country, and everyone will be ready for the next.

Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?

-Hell yea! Let’s go! Bags are packed! Let’s turn a hangover into a hang on! Where is my beer? We haven’t left yet? We will go as far as opportunity takes us. Everyone in BTD has a great deal of respect for each other and enjoys the progress within each other and within the band. For us to really hang it out, just like any band, we have to sell albums.  If our message spreads, we will be there to back it up. We’re gonna keep playing and that’s what it takes to do anything with a band. Availability to tour the world is 100% there on motivation. So if your reading this, buy it so we can get in route! 

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?

-Of course, we don’t have money right now. We do this because we love everything about it. We would say that hard working, growing, local and regional acts have some of the most grueling schedules out there. Working a full time job, having a family, and still putting in the time for your passion doesn’t leave a lot of time in life. If your not in it for the love of it, why would you do it? We all notice when we run across bands that truly love what they do. That is what you get with BTD. 

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

-The internet, social media, music media sites, and any other finger clicking way of communication is here to stay. We love that all bands can get there music out there on a broad scale. We just wish that people looked at it as an art that you paid for not sometimes, but all the time. Giving away music is not a problem. There are many other ways to support a band. We hope to earn respect and the love of our music enough that purchasing is a given. Buying albums, merch, going to shows, that is what makes you a true fan. Not only to your favorite band but your love for music in general. 

Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?

-Pantera, Clutch, C.O.C, High on Fire, Faith No more, and Motörhead to name a few. Anything is possible with popularity for any band if they want it bad enough. To be as big as some of our influences would take the perfect storm. We would love to just play shows and tour with them. That would be enough for now. 

Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?

-Any type of education on your craft helps. The long road of experience and that feel of music is when you get the good stuff. You don’t want to think about it to much. If your in a band, you can play for the most part. It’s also according to what instrument or type of music we are talking about as well to what degree that matters. A band that stays together for many years is where the bar can be raised and you can be a level above. That’s what means the most. Musicianship and education of music covers a very broad spectrum. 

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

-Lots of coffee, naps, patience, and communication within the band. Guys that stay close with each other gives that main fuel and motivation. We have a schedule and walk that line. It’s our second job that we have to take full advantage of. BTD is so lucky as well to have the support system we do with our family’s. They back us 100% and we love them and are forever great full to them.   Everyone in this band burns the candle at both ends and lives for the day. 

How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

-Laugh that shit off and keep pushing! Nobody is perfect and we are all there to support one another. If there are no mistakes we’re not having enough fun. That is why we do this. Playing out of your element makes you a stronger musician also. We wouldn’t say we get so much on the nervous side as much as the excitement side before a show. Damn we have a good time up there and crave it so much! 

What’s next? Thank you!

-We play this album as much as possible in front of as many people as we can over the next year. Beers and much hell raising is to be had. Then we record this next album and do it twice as strong. Thank you for the opportunity.