RGM Introducing: Our Interview With American Band Noise Blossom
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Thanks! These virtual seats are comfy. Do you have any virtual popcorn?
Sending it across 🙂 What made you decide to start the band?
The desire to be the biggest rock band in the world.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Michael Mullens is our singer and guitar player, John Kerhulas is on drums, and Travis Velasquez plays bass and guitar. Our musical histories are quite a bit different. Michael grew up in Florida, where his only escape from the fish farm life was playing the guitar, given to him by his deceased grandfather, Poseidon. John is the descendant of a line of great Spartan drummers that used to perform in ritual drum circles. The aftershock of these drum circles was so strong it can still be felt today in what scientists have called, “earthquakes”. Not much is know about the musical history of Travis Velasquez, but there are those who refer to him as, “The Shredmaster”.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
It’s hard. When we were young kids, picking up an instrument for the first time, we didn’t do it to become rock stars. We did it because we felt connected to something. I think it’s important to hold onto that feeling- the reason you’re doing it. The rate of failure is so high, you really need to know why you’re doing it, otherwise, you might quit. Ignore all the bullshit and just make music that inspires you.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Well, this is our first interview, so probably this question.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
A problem with conspiracy theories is that some of them have turned out to be true. And once something becomes truth, it is no longer a conspiracy, it is a truth. And as time moves on, we only remember it as a truth. So conspiracy theories are always seen as conspiracies, and truths are always seen as truths. So in a way, we all “sign up” to these once conspiracy theories that have turned out to be truths. All that being said: The Earth is round.
How did you hear about RGM from the states?
We read about RGM in a blog from the UK. In a lot of ways, Noise Blossom is still a really new band, so we went looking for ways to help introduce our band and our music to people, and happened upon RGM.
What support is out there for new artists in San Diego?
We are pretty new to the San Diego scene, so we aren’t really sure. We moved here from Los Angeles, CA last year.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the San Diego unsigned scene?
John’s other band Red Lettered is phenomenal! John’s brother Alex sings and plays guitar, and they’re incredible together. They have this heavy hard rock/metal sound, similar to the band Tool. Check out their song, Void!
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Making music is a pretty cool talent… Also, Michael can turn his right leg completely backwards.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We had this one show at the Viper Room in LA, where we were just really together as a band, and connecting on every musical level. It was a powerful performance. We’ve had those nights before, but that one was special.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We are thankful to just be up there performing. It’s a special thing, so we try not to take it for granted. The only negative experience we’ve had is when a sound engineer turns down the guitar amps to an inaudible volume. Noise Blossom’s sound is important to us, and volume is a part of the way something sounds. If you change the volume, you change the sound.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Michael was born dead, John is a pro mountain climber, and Travis invented mac n cheese.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
If we met an alien, and that alien was capable of communicating with us on any meaningful level, and our only common reference is the cosmos, and if it was possible for sound to travel in outer space, we’d say, “our music sounds like a supernova exploding into a black hole.”
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Definitely, John, he likes rock climbing and jumping out of airplanes. And whenever we play chess, he always makes risky moves.
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
Probably, Michael, the band is his baby. Don’t mess with mama’s baby.
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first?
We changed our minds. This is our least favorite question.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper laugh while you were all together?
We tend to laugh a lot when we talk shit about each other, or when John makes a funny face when we are in the middle of a song.
What’s your favorite song to play live and why?
There are a few, but I think we all really enjoy playing Live Loud and Noise And Sound. They both have a lot of memorable moments. When we play them, we all lock in with each other and we can feel the energy of the music coming from each person. It makes a compelling noise.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Live Loud is the first song the band ever recorded along with 9 other songs intended to be the bands first album. The album was never finished though. Michael didn’t feel confident enough in his vocal performance because he was not a singer. He was a guitar player that just decided to sing in the band because we couldn’t find the right singer. It took 7 years, but Michael revisited the songs and finished recording the vocals for Live Loud and the rest of the songs for our new album, Louderage. It’s technically Noise Blossom’s second album, but first recorded songs.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Live Loud captures a lot of the interests of the band when we first got together. It’s a rock song with honest lineage to the music we love like Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, and Led Zeppelin. Lyrically, think it really represents what we were feeling at the time, the discovery of a new way to express yourself and feeling overwhelmingly compelled to do so. It’s a good snapshot of what the band, and in particular, our new album, Louderage, sounds like.
What was the recording process like?
The original instrument tracking for Live Loud happened in 2014 at Pawnshop Studios in Van Nuys, California with Patrick Burkholder. Pat was our recording and mixing engineer for the whole album. We tracked the main instruments in a few hours, but the song was never released because Michael wasn’t happy with his vocal performances. But Michael rerecorded the vocals earlier this year. Now we have a brand new song and album. It’s really exciting to hear it all come together like this so many years later. It’s really exciting.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
To be patient. Sometimes the song isn’t ready for the artist, and sometimes the artist isn’t ready for the song.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, we are really happy with the songs and recordings. This album is a really great snapshot of what the band sounds like when performing live. We will say, songs and the recordings of those songs are never really finished. They just reach a point where you don’t continue working on them. There’s always more you could do, so we like to write different variations of previously recorded songs for live shows.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We will be promoting our new album, Louderage, with new music videos and some possible shows. The band has really been getting into videos, so we have some exciting things coming to our YouTube channel in the near future as well. We’ve also started writing our next album. Not much to say about that yet, but it’s coming.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Humans evolved from shrews.
Thanks for doing this today folks, all the best and keep in touch.