INTERVIEW: BLOODLINE ON DEBUT FULL-LENGTH INSOLENT.
A revolving door of human emotions.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with frontman Joseph Todd of BLOODLINE alternative metalcore outfit hailing from Dallas, Texas.
We are catching up with the band after the independent release of their debut full-length INSOLENT, on March 23rd, 2018. We had the opportunity to chat with their singer and get deeper into the outfit, sound and having a detailed discussion on the record.
Our track by track review for INSOLENT is available at: www.sickandsound.it/bloodline-insolent-pericolo-emozioni-umane-estremamente-infiammabili .
- Hello Joseph and very welcome at SICK AND SOUND. I would love to start by getting a deeper view on your outfit. How was Bloodline band brought together and how do you describe yourselves?
We describe ourselves as alternative metalcore. We feel like that really sums our sound nicely. Bloodline came together basically just by all of us playing in the same music scene for a long time. Matt started the band and started finding members and writing, it took about a year or so to lock in our current lineup.
- Let’s talk more about your influences and soundscape you fall into, alternative metalcore.
We are all very into heavy music, obviously, but we wanted to bring in elements of the music we grew up on or at least set ourselves up to be able to move more in that direction in the future while still maintaining the aggressive and heavy sound that we started with. Our influences range all the way from Chevelle to Linkin Park to The Acacia Strain and even hip hop influences such as A$AP Rocky and BONES.
- INSOLENT is your new full-length out last March 23rd This is following up your previous III EP. In what way has the songwriting process progressed since your first record and what new elements or differences have been introduced?
Pretty much everything changed from III. That EP was wrote pretty much just by Matt and myself. This time around we had Titus writing with us and that was the real game changer. Titus and I have been playing in bands together for almost 10 years so we already had chemistry, I had a year of working with Matt developing chemistry together too so once Titus joined him and Matt were able to get a good work flow going almost immediately. They both have unique writing styles that blend together very nicely. Having Titus also allowed us to add singing which is something we didn’t have at all on the EP.
- Let’s discuss the lyrical themes in INSOLENT belonging to a very personal and psychological sphere. I would enjoy going in depth into the intimate and intricate experience chosen for the record. Are there any specific messages that Bloodline wish to bring forward with INSOLENT?
My main objective with the lyrics on this record was to write something that people could relate to. The worst part about going through any kind of adversity is the feeling that no one knows exactly how you feel. Sometimes instead of hearing “it’s going to be ok” you really just need to hear “yeah I’ve been there too and it sucks”.
- While reviewing your record I found a main focus on emotional heaviness in terms of combining pure heaviness with some anthemic and catchy choruses. What’s the formula of combining fiery heaviness and catchiness to achieve such a balanced result?
In my opinion that comes down to the song structure, which is one of Titus’s strong points. Matt is also very good at writing tasteful heavy parts that transition well into big choruses.
- What was the most challenging aspect you had to cope with while working on INSOLENT especially from an independent release point of view?
The hardest part is finding people that want to work with us that hold themselves to the same standard we hold ourselves to. If you aren’t an established band a lot of people just don’t give a fu**. It’s honestly kind of a joke how people treat you when you aren’t on that level.
Money is also quite a challenge, it’s no secret that putting out a CD is expensive but when you’re independent what you have is what you have. It’s not like we could just turn to a label and ask for help, thankfully a lot of our friends helped us out getting stuff done by keeping things affordable.
- INSOLENT is the titletrack and the opening song. This is a very powerful outstanding piece packed with both heaviness and catchiness burning the past from a very personal point of view. Tell us more about the inspiration for this track as for the approach to its songwriting and topic.
I wanted this song to be the final chapter of III in a way but also begin the next chapter of our band. That EP was basically just about my ex wife leaving me but Insolent took it in a new direction. While it has a reflective tone to it, it also speaks on the growth from that experience with the line “I’m moving past all the memories that kept coming back to you”. All in all I felt like I still had a little more to say about the situation with my ex wife and I wanted a song that would really set the emotional tone for the rest of the record.
- N.S.T.B. and SCHIZO as being two of my favorites off the record. Let’s spend a few words on the mindset and creation of these fabulous anthemic tracks.
N.S.T.B. is one of my favs as well. I was kind of feeling down about certain people in my life constantly passing judgment on my way of living when they really aren’t doing much better. It honestly felt like I had no space to breathe because someone was always trying to tell me how I should be living.
Schizo is a song I wrote for a very dear friend of mine. It’s easy to feel trapped in your own head and this is something him and I have both dealt with for a long time.
- LIFELESS. I would love to know more about the virtuous inspiration and message that you have diluted this intimate fragile track.
This song is for my little brother Alexander. Born on March 21, 2005, several weeks premature, he passed away shortly after on April 30, 2005 due to a congenital heart disease called hypoplastic right heart syndrome. I wrote this song as an open letter to my brother about what dealing with his death was like for me.
Alexander is my motivation and I try to live my best life for the two of us but this song isn’t just for us. This song is for anyone that has lost a loved one too early. I hope you can find peace and growth in loss.
- Any most memorable moment or the overall experience you gained when sharing the stage with such bands as The Faceless, Bad Omens e Kublai Khan you are willing to share with our readers.
Bad Omens are our MF BOYS so that was sick. We played with them again last April 23rd at Gas Monkey bar and grill in Dallas on a free show.
- What anticipations or revelations do you have for us regards any forthcoming tours or interesting projects ahead?
As far as touring goes there is a lot up in the air right now. A lot of people associate us with the hardcore scene so we get more offers in that realm but we see ourselves fitting into more of the warped tour scene of bands so that’s where we are trying to focus our efforts.
As far as music goes we are always stacked. Pretty much the only time we aren’t working on new songs is when we are touring and even then I’m still working on lyrics and song ideas.
Thank you for your time and all the best for the promotion of INSOLENT. We are longing for more music to be dropped from Bloodline and fully support you into Europe!
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