DECEMBER 9, 2018

http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalTTimes.jpghey always say that persistence pays off. No one needs to remind a band like BLUE MOVIE of the rewards that go with sticking to one's guns. Of course, the reward for this band has been a dedicated following and not the kind of public embrace that greets a competitor from THE VOICE. Early on, we saw the the musical and aesthetic charms of the band when they released their album DELUSIONS IN TECHNICOLOR back in 2012 - a mixture of DARK HORSE COMICS-styled imagery with the very progressive metal flourishes that have made DREAM THEATER a big deal.  With two albums behind them, the line up for the band changed drastically with the departure of  their bassist and lead singer, leaving guitarist TONY PARIS and drummer LISA FOERDERER to fend for themselves. In the midst of putting together their 2014 release SYNTHETIC III, they found vocalist ANTHONY NOTO. It was one this release that BLUE MOVIE adopted their second moniker BLACK MOVIE - a band alter ego that has stayed with them ever since. Now, the band has come together for their new release BROKEN MACHINES which embraces a welcomed raw, rock approach which contrasts with the more electronic nuances that were heard on SYNTHETIC III. The band's feel for progressive goth is spot on, and they even manage to get some butts shaking with their mash up covers of the DEPECHE MODE songs IT'S NO GOOD and PRECIOUS.  Perhaps the title of this collection has to do with the fact that they've eschewed synths in favor of simply coming together as band? That was one of the questions I forgot to ask them when I spoke with TONY PARIS, LISA FOERDERER and ANOTHONY NOTO regarding their latest release. Here is how the interview went.


This is a band that has gone through a lot of changes in the years since we first got to know you, but you guys are sticking to your guns and you've got this new album BROKEN MACHINES. How do each of you feel about the finished album?
I think that the final product is unlike anything that we have done before. We had a lot going on when we started the album and it took a longer span of time to get the album finished. We had a lot of tragedies here and there within our personal lives and I think that everything we were going through and overcame ended up coming out in the music.  When I think of all of the albums that we have done, this is the only album that we finished and went "Oh my God! It's done! It's different! It's unlike anything that we have ever done before!"  We have a special appreciation for the amount of blood, time, sweat and tears that went into this particular album over the others.


TONY: It was very trying.  It was something that took forever to do. Everything took forever in post-production. We wanted to go as raw as possible with this one, with  minimal sequencing. It was definitely the more challenging in terms of production even though it has less tracks. We're always trying to evolve our sound, but we were doing it without all of this other electronic stuff like we did on SYNTHETIC. We started touching on the same approach as we had with the album DELUSIONS IN TECHNICOLOR.  I'm happy that this album came out as well as it did. This album definitely came out the way we wanted it to. There is a raw energy to it.

ANTHONY: For me, This album is quite special.  It's the first album that I've been involved with from the ground up. I joined the in the midst of the creation of the previous album and a lot of the stuff for it was already there.  With this album, I got to be there from the inception. There is way more of my personal touch to the proceedings, just because we were all there doing it.  It's the first complete work that I've done with this band. The three of us, or I should say the four of us, put a lot of work into writing these songs and tried to make them authentic and real while trying to grow as a band. It's special to me because it has my ANTHONY-ness all over it.

ANTHONY, you are a pretty recent edition to the band. From the time you joined this band up until now, what has been the biggest surprise for you?

ANTHONY: Wow! That's a tough question! I didn't really have any delusions of grandeur when I joined the band.  I kind of knew what it was going in. I've been in a bunch of bands before and I'm used to everything that goes into being in a band. The most surprising thing for me has been my band members and the type of people they are.  It's cool! We're alike and we're also not a like in a lot of ways. It's surprising to me how we've all managed to come together and create cool albums and make music videos and still manage to keep this whole thing going. These people are my friends now. I may not have met them if I hadn't joined this band because our personalities are slightly different, but the music brings us together and that has been a pleasant surprise in a way.

LISA: I need to go with ANTHONY on this one.  It's really surprising how we can be so different on so many different levels. When we create, all I can picture is PIG PEN from PEANUTS with a bunch of dust around him. That is kind of what we are. There is no sugarcoating amongst us.  We all have different opinions and ideas and we all throw down and there is this big ball of dust, but regardless of what we agree with or disagree with, in the end the dust settles and we have a beautiful creation that came from that and then we can share that with everybody else.

TONY: I'm surprised that we've made it to four albums now, to be honest with you. The original plan for us was to do three albums that were going to be completely different from each other and then we had some major changes happen between the first and the second album. I thought that SYNTHETIC was never going to get done but it did. I never thought that we would've been putting out an album like BROKEN MACHINES with all of the things that have happened to us as a band.  As a band that does the kind of music that we do, there are a lot of things that are against you.  To be able to release four albums independently is still a surprise to me.


Have there been any reactions to the new album that have stood out for you?

TONY: Well we really haven't gotten out there yet to actually support the album. We're going to be playing our first show on November 6th with DEVIL'S RIVER and GINGER up in  VA and we're going to be playing all of the songs on the album. Outside of that, we're not really going to start supporting this album until next year.  We just want to get everything set. But  in the meantime, we have received responses from people who have followed us for years and the consensus seems to be that this doesn't sound like us.  People are saying that the music is harder and more aggressive.  I'm glad to hear that it doesn't sound anything like our first three albums. That's really satisfying for me.

And with ANTHONY being more involved with the songwriting this time, how does the songwriting process work within the band?

ANTHONY: There is no definite formula for the songwriting. A lot of times, we just throw stuff against the wall to see if it sticks. It starts from all different points. I like to write lots of little poems and little nonsensical writings on my phone. TONY likes to come up with different synth lines or guitar lines and LISA will come up with a drumbeat. That was how the song PRISONER got started.  LISA had a drumbeat that I made a vocal line to. Songs can come from any direction and we naturally let it flow that way and then we see what is going to stick. The songs that are on this album have definitely gone through some changes to get to where they are right now.  In particular, the title track BROKEN MACHINES had like three different versions before we settled on the one that you hear on the album.

LISA: Of all of the albums that we've done, this one probably had the most revisions. We wanted this album to be better than anything that we've put out before. I think we were more meticulous and picky. If we recorded something and didn't like it, we went back and fixed it. I think that also led to this album taking a longer to make.


What moments off of the album stand out for each of you the most and why?
TONY: What stands out the most for me is the title track BROKEN MACHINES.  From a musician's point of view, playing the song is a bit on the challegning side. I like it because it's got so many different parts to it. I also like the remake that we did of DEPECHE MODE's IT'S NO GOOD and PRECIOUS. We always do a remake for every one of our releases, and we decided to do DEPECHE MODE for this album.

ANTHONY: We're like really big fans of DEPECHE MODE. And I also think that the songs that we covered by them are in line with what we are trying to do both aesthetically and musically.

LISA: BROKEN MACHINES stands out for me not just because it's the title track but because of all of the little details with the drums. It was one of those songs where that came int he most for me. It has a nice variety of double pedals and there are parts in that song where there  are a lot of toms. If you listen to a lot of the songs on the album,  the drumming is a little different.  You get a variety of drum patterns. It's more tom driven and I think that was set up by the song BROKEN MACHINES.  So that song really stands out for me and I happen to really like the breakdown. When I write songs, I go for a variety of sounds. I like to keep things interesting and I think that BROKEN MACHINES does that.

TONY: This is hard for me. I spent so much time on these songs that I like all of them.  If you ask me this question, I would say PRISONER and if you ask me the question tomorrow, it would be a different answer. Sometimes I like COLD SONG the best because it's so weird and so different.  Sometimes I like the DEPECHE MODE cover the best because it's so much fun to play and it's so dance-y.  I'm sorry man! I don't think I can pick one.  They are all our little babies that we grew from nothing.

With the album behind you, what's next for you guys?
ANTHONY: Touring.  We're going to try to play as many shows and spread the word and get this album out there to as many people as possible.  And TONY has been talking about some ideas for some news songs that he's been keeping in his pocket. We might get a chance to look at some of those.  In the immediate future, we're just trying to get out there and spread the word as much as possible. 


http://www.rockwired.com/CapitalB.jpgrian Lush is a music industry professional and entrepreneur. In 2005 he launched the online music site Rockwired.com to help promote new music artists in conjunction with the weekly radio show Rockwired Live which aired on KTSTFM.COM from 2005 - 2009. In 2010 He launched the daily podcast series Rockwired Radio Profiles which features exclusive interviews and music. He has also developed and produced the online radio shows Jazzed and Blue - Profiles in Blues and Jazz, Aboriginal Sounds - A Celebration of American Indian and First Nations Music, The Rockwired Rock N Roll Mixtape Show and The Rockwired Artist of the Month Showcase. In 2012, Brian Lush and his company Rockwired Media LLC launched the monthly digital online publication Rockwired Magazine. The magazine attracts over 75,000 readers a month and shows no signs of stopping. Rockwired Magazine also bares the distinction of being the first American Indian-owned rock magazine. Brian Lush is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Brian Lush's background in music journalism, radio and podcast hosting, podcast production, web design, publicity, advertising sales, social media and online marketing, strategic editorial planning and branding have all made Rockwired a name that is trusted and respected throughout the independent music industry.

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