Beau opens up.
We spoke to Blessthefall frontman Beau Bokan on this week's Rock Sound Podcast in an open, honest and candid chat about EVERYTHING.
Here's what we learned...
THEY GOT LEFT IN THE DARK WITH THEIR LAST RECORD
"It went very under the radar and we took a hit from that. With our band, we go up and down. We have one record and everything goes great, and the next record kinda slumps a little bit and that’s sort of been us. In a nutshell, we just kind of powered through it, but with our last record we got left in the dark a little bit and I think [our old label] were focusing more on other bands that were big on YouTube or some shit! So, we said, ‘Y’know, it’s fine, let’s part ways’."
BUT ALL'S GOOD NOW
"Rise Records hit us up and were very, very excited that we were free agents. [It was great] to just find someone excited about your music, about your band. There were a few other labels interested as well but they were the most excited...they treated us like we were commodity and it felt good, I think they have a lot of faith in us and what we can do, they’ve been watching us over the years and it’s a fresh start, so here we go!”
AND THEY STILL STAND BY 'TO THOSE LEFT BEHIND'
"I felt it was a great record and a great follow-up record to ‘Hollow Bodies’, there’s a lot of awesome songs on there, it’s pretty heavy! It’s funny because kids always want us to sound heavy and I’m like, ‘Yo, those are some of the heaviest fucking songs we’ve ever written on that album!’ And that was that, you can’t really dwell on it. I think that it’s made us stronger as a band, where it’s like, ‘Hey, we’ve overcome this thing that seems like any other band would maybe have called it’."
THEY COULD HAVE SPLIT UP...
“You know what, I would be lying if I said that we were all very overly optimistic, because I think like anyone else, the reality of it was, ‘Hey man, we’re all getting older, the scene is changing, the climate of music is changing' and I think there was an option of like, ‘Fuck man, maybe this is it, maybe this is the end of the fucking road, we’ve hit a wall or whatever’. But I think after we all sort of collected ourselves and when Rise was very excited about signing us, it breathed some fresh air into us, sort of a breath of life."
AND THEY FELT TAKEN FOR GRANTED...
"Yeah you can definitely say that. There’s a lot of bands in our scene that we tour with that might be bigger than us that always tell us, ‘Yo man, you guys were my first show or your record was the first metalcore, screamo whatever they want to call it, album I ever listened to’ so we’ve been pioneers in a sense and we’ve been around for so long. Not trying to sound like Liam Gallagher here! I don’t want to be the Liam Gallagher of metalcore!"
...BUT ALL OF THAT WAS CHANNELLED INTO 'HARD FEELINGS'
"There’s so much emotion in this record and I feel like I really channelled those feelings of feeling like no-one gave a fuck about us anymore, feeling like our label didn't give a fuck about us and feeling like the scene didn't give a fuck about us anymore into it. All these bands are coming through and getting big and everyone’s jumping on the hot new thing, so all of that was channelled into the record."
AND NOW IT'S THEIR TIME TO SHINE
"I do truly feel like things are changing. The music scene is riding this weird moment where everything’s sort of in limbo and it’s like, ‘Okay, what’s next?’ and I watch a lot of bands in our scene get big and everything else and it's like, ‘You know what guys, it’s our fucking turn now, we’ve put in the work, we’re the fucking veterans here, we wrote an amazing album and what I feel is an important album for the scene and for rock in general’."
"Even like last year when it was one of our lowest years as a band, we were still able to stay afloat and a few of us own homes and cars and everything else, we’re married and that’s amazing that we can make a living and thrive off of the type of music we play, which isn’t very popular in most circles, so we’ve just been very determined and stayed consistent and we stay hungry, I think that’s the most important part.”
THIS FEELS LIKE AN AMAZING RESTART
“I think this is the restart, it could be the rebirth, we’re sort of rebranding as a band and we’ve got a fresh start, so we’ve got to take advantage of that. You’ve got to believe in the music you’re writing and that’s been one of the greatest parts of writing this record, that we believed in every single song, there wasn’t a song where we were like, ‘That’s kind of a b-side’ we believe in every fucking track, front to back and that’s what makes me feel so optimistic about it.”
You can listen to the full chat with Beau here!