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JULY 21, 2017
ROCKWiRED HiGHLiGHTS - SiGNALS OF BEDLAM
TAKEN FROM THE MAY 2017 iSSUE OF ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE!!!
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ESCAPING VELOCITY is a fantastic album and now that's it's out there for people to take in how do you feel about the finished work?
CERO:
If you're doing your job right you're always going to look back on the things that you've done with glasses that allow you to see all of the mistakes. So for everything I've ever done it's hard for me to look back and kind of enjoy it. I always look back on things and think about the things that I could improve. So I think we're all really proud of it but at the same time we use it as a tool for things that we want to develop in the future and improve upon.

And how about you TOM? Do you look back on what you've released with a critical eye as well?
TOM:
I don't know. That's kind of a hard question to answer. I'm really proud of it. I was like a ton of work and it's the firs thing that we've created as a band that I feel was distinctively the product of all of us. It's funny looking back on it now too because we're not quite the same anymore and we can hear all of the things that we did and you might go "Oh, I might do things differently now." It's not just a reminder of things to improve upon. It's more like it a snapshot of us at the time and that was how we approached things then. And now I'm wondering how we do things differently now.

And who all helped you guys behind the recording console for this album?
CERO:
His name is FRANK MITAROTANA. He recorded it and gave us in-studio advice on the songs and he produced and mixed it. He did just about everything except mastering it.

And so far what kind of reactions have you guys been able to gauge form the release of this album. Have there been any reactions that have surprised you at all?
RICH:
We've gotten a lot of support. It's been pretty surprising to me. I wasn't sure if there was any demographic for the kind of music that we're releasing which is pretty busy and intricate.

CHIKA: It's been great. We've been getting a lot of support form friends and some fans who we don't now. We had a guy messaging us form Russia telling us that we would like a CD sent to him in the mail and that was just mind-boggling. We played a show in Maryland at some random bar on a Monday and a guy came up to us after our set and told us that he drove two hours from the other side of Maryland just to see us. He had heard about us online. That was amazing to me. It's been really great.

And bring me back to the beginning of SIGNALS OF BEDLAM. How did this whole thing get started?
TOM:
I posted a demo of some guitar stuff online to try to find people to work with and I got a bunch responses and CERO was the only one who bothered showing up and talking about it with me. He and I were on the same page as far as bands that really get us excited such as TOOL and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. From there we just started working together.

And before this band what was the musical history for each of you?
CERO:
Before this, I spent a lot of time just doing classical stuff. In college I did singing. I have a large choral background. It wasn't until after college that I started getting into electric guitar based music. Some of my earlier influences were RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RADIOHEAD and TOOL. As far as projects before this band there really wasn't much in the way of contemporary music. It was more classical kind of stuff.

TOM: This is really my first concerted band. A couple of people that I had found through CRAIGSLIST just kind of fizzled. We just weren't right for each other for one reason or another.

CHIKA: Before SIGNALS OF BEDLAM most of my musical experience came from school-related stuff. I played throughout high school and college doing various percussion instruments which I think is cool. It gave me a good foundation for understanding music in an academic sense. When I got into college I started learning different instruments. I started learning bass and I joined the college jazz band. Through that I met other musicians and I had these opportunities to jam on some rock and jazz stuff with other people. I was able to develop as a musician in that regard. One of the drummers that I knew form jazz band found CERO and TOM on CRAIGSLIST at the time and that was how we got connected an this has been my primary focus since then.

RICH: I've been playing ten years throughout school and then I started my band experience with power rock. It really wasn't for me but being from Arizona there wasn't much of a music scene for metal. Most of my experience was through playing in various cover bands.

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Within this band, explain the songwriting process. How does it happen for you guys?
TOM:
One of us will bring a skeleton or a blueprint for a song even if it's just a couple of sections that go together. From there we will just rip it apart and rebuild it over and over and over again. It's all about what inspires CERO and what he feels inspired to sing to. The song is going to be about whatever he chooses to sing about.

And being a band based in New York City, describe the music scene that you guys are surrounded by. Is it indifferent? Is it supportive?
CHIKA:
This is an interesting question. The scene in New York is strange because there is so much and a lot of it is pretty good. I don't think anyone in this band was actually born in New York. We all lived, at some point, in different states. People come to this city and they gather here so you get the best of other places that come here. There is indie music, there is hip ho and there is R&B music. We just finally started finding success getting into the metal scene. A few years ago when we started out we weren't as heavy. Finding the metal scene in New York is difficult because it is very secretive but once you find it, it's very robust. There are always people going to other people's shows. You see someone and then you see them again at different places and being supportive of other bands.

TOM: I'm struck by the fact that there are these musical communities but they don't really talk to each other that much. It's like everyone has there own little pool that they all swim around in.

RICH: I think it's more easier than in other states. Like back in Arizona, it was very difficult to have people come out and support you just because there is one thing to do a month there. It's either go watch the tumbleweeds or see a band. That's been the big thing for me. There is just so much going on here at once. It's pretty tricky.

What song off of the album has each of you the most excited to get someone to hear and why?
CERO:
For me, the song that I feel is most representative of us as a band is probably THE FIX. It's just very representative of a lot of our different tastes and influences and it has a lot of the energy that I tend to gravitate toward. It has this break neck speed and this intricate harmonic stuff going on. For me, when I go back to listen to the album, that is one of the songs that I gravitate toward the most.

CHIKA: I think for me it changes but I'd have to say that THE FIX is probably one of my favorites as well just because of the variances that it goes through. When we started out we were a very live-focused band but then we got into the studio and started doing more studio-based things which is something that we are still growing into. I think that song is cool because it captured our live energy. My other favorite song might be SIGNAL. It's a quieter song but I really admire the sweetness of it among the rest of the tracks. I think it's a nice counter balance.

RICH: I'd have to say that THREAD, the second song on the album, was the most fun to write and I think it really shows when you listen to it. We tore apart every section and rebuilt it. It' shows off the varying styles and influences that we all have. It's a weird song definitely but I think it's one of the more easier songs to listen to. More accessible.

And with this album behind you guys, what's next for you guys musically?
TOM:
Right now we're in the process of trying to play as much as we can. We have taken a certain amount of pride in basing ourselves in live performance. We would like to be a live band. That is our focus for right now but at the same time the writing process can be pretty intense. We're trying to get started on the writing process. We've got a lot of led time to develop the ideas for the next album which we hope that we will be able to release in a year. SO right now we're hitting the ground with live shows and branch out into other States. We have a mini-tour coming up in May and we'll be going up to Connecticut and Rhode Island. And in our past few rehearsals we have tried coming up with new material.

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