How would you describe your music?
Our music is best described as a mix of Power, Progressive and Hardcore. Our sound has evolved over the past few yeas as we brought in new members of the band. We try to embrace all of our influences and not limit ourselves to any specific genre. When we are in the writing process, whatever sounds good to us organically is what your going to hear. I think there are too many bands right now focused on being one specific thing. The beautiful part of music is that it is a true art form. It can anything.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
We are based out of Manassas, VA (just outside Washington D.C.). BackBlast has been together since 2015 playing shows throughout the east coast. We first got together as a recording project only, but it evolved into a full time band after 6 months of writing and recording. We’ve had the pleasure of playing with some incredible bands over the past few years (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Kataklysm, Carach Angren, and more). Our band consists of Dan Cunningham ( Lead Vocals), Adam Pritcher (Guitar/Vocals), Jake Ford (Lead Guitar), Chris Tamberella (Drums) and Wilsen Rivera (Bass).
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Some of our biggest influences are Iced Earth, Opeth, Lamb of God, Jaco Pastorius, Dio, Sevendust, and many many more. All five of us are all of the spectrum when it comes to what inspires us, so we could keep going forever.
What inspires you?
What inspires us as a band is the response from fans who see us live. We play because we love writing and performing. When we see folks wearing our merch, singing along to our music and having a great time. It doesn’t get better than that. Musically, we are inspired by a lot of things. Whether it’s struggling times, things going on in the world, a story we read, a movie we saw, we really focus on not forcing anything musically. Whatever comes naturally is what you’ll hear in our music and at our shows.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
It’s a combination really. Musically, our process recently has been to take the bones of a potential song (guitars, bass, drums) and come up with the basic structure of the sing. Lyrically, Dan comes up with the melodies and lyrics on the road a lot.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Dan – My favourite song to perform is “Comb from the Back” – This is usually our closer, and has a fun Maiden feel that gets the crowd singing with us. There is nothing better than a 3 part harmony that includes the crowd.
Adam – Most fun on guitar for me would be “Bend The Knee” but the most fun overall would be “Comb From the Back” for the crowd interaction
Wilsen – “Comb From the Back”. It pushes crowd interaction and allows a strong connection for easily recited lyrics for the crowd.
Chris – “Uprising”. Great opening song for a set. Establishes a great pace for the set and is very fun on the drums.
Jake – “Crying Shame”. The dynamics are explosive and the song just has a great feel to it. Followed close to comb from the back. Who doesn’t like that woah part?
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Wow, great question! I think any tour that included Lamb of God would be amazing. They might be one of the bet Live Metal Acts touring for the past 20 years. Incredibly tight, So much energy and the crowds give every ounce of themselves to the show.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music in industry is at a crossroads. From the standpoint of the musician, It is very easy to get your music recorded and out to masses. However, from a consumer standpoint, Subscribing to a streaming service is cheap (google, Amazon, Spotify, etc) and not many people are actually buying music any more. Why pay $15.00 for an album when you can listen to every album imaginable for $9.99? Bands are only able to make any sort of revenue to keep going off of merchandise and Touring. But, what promoters, booking agents and venues are willing to pay have gone down, because they know that bands need the revenue more now. It’s a never ending cycle that negatively impacts the artist. Something is going to have to give eventually.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Recently we’ve had some funny things happen at shows. We had the pleasure of playing The Brighton Bar in New Jersey for a Don Jaimeson event. Awesome crowd! Their was one woman who was screaming at us the entire set to PLAY MOTORHEEEEAAAAD! DO IT FOR LEMMMMY! We had to gracefully decline her request. Our last show, we played a cool bar in Moorefield, WV for the East Coast Metal Confederacy. Small but cool venue. During our song “To The Grave”, a pit opened up and out of know where, The Green Power Ranger was throwing down. It was St. Patrick’s Day, and I am assuming that was the only green he had. It was hilarious! We got a picture with the guy afterwards and hooked him up with a copy of our EP.
What are your future plans?
2017 was very good for BackBlast. 2018 has already started strong. We are in the process of writing the new record and have dates up and down the East Coast through the end of August. We are aiming to record the album in September with a release in Late Fall/Early Winter.