Blood and Water is a 4-piece alternative ska/rockband based in Fremont California. Drawing from influences like Weezer Relient K The O.C. Supertones Jimmy Eat World Mad Caddies and Foo Fighters: the band aim to present a diverse yet accessible sound. Early in 2010 the band will be heading into the studio with Masaki Liu (Five Iron Frenzy The W’s) to record their debut release on Eden Records.
So I’m Bryce Your Brad. Tell me about your band. As you can tell I excel at introductions.
Brad: The concept of Blood and Water began roughly 8 years ago in a poorly ventilated room at our local Chevys. We all had some minor experience playing music and at age 13 thought being in a band would be a great way to spread the Gospel and impress girls at the same time.
Bryce: check and check. ha.
Brad: We definitely thought we were onto something epic. The band definitely developed sonically over time. We initially started as a wannabe ska band consisting of a sax player (myself) a trumpeter (my brother) a keyboard player (Jason) and an acoustic guitar player (Jason’s brother). Obviously that didn’t last too long.
Bryce: The best laid plans of mice and men…
Bryce: So in Blood and Water version 2.0 what do you do?
Brad: I currently play guitar sing lead and play a little piano on occasion.
Bryce: it’s sad how Ska has basically gone by the wayside. One of my fav tracks on your new CD “In Character” is “Sleep It Off” the decidedly ska anthem.
Brad: Ska sadly has definitely fallen by the wayside. it’s slowly becoming cool again in the underground scene. I was watching Zack and Cody: Suite Life On Deck the other day on Disney Channel. The theme song? Totally ska.
Bryce: Maybe not something you should admit (Zach and Cody)
Brad: It shall return. When it does we’ll be there!
Bryce: You said your sound has changed over time. Comparing your last self titled cd to your newest release “In Character” what can fans or newcomers be expecting?
Brad: The last record was essentially a freshly-recorded compilation of songs that span form the beginning of our career to 2008. This new album definitely retains the ska and punk roots of the past release but delves further into the alternative rock and power-pop side of things. We are all big fans of the 90’s. A lot of these songs hearken back to bands like Nada Surf Weezer and The Supertones while attempting to stay relevant to today’s trends.
Bryce: It is good and fitting to blend old with new. A hat tip to our influences and looking forward to the future.
Bryce: Tell us about your recording. Was this self recorded and produced our did you bring in some big guns?
Brad: We actually enlisted the help of our long-time friend Aaron Madsen and childhood hero Masaki Liu. Aaron really worked hard with us finding tones developing songs and keeping realistic expectations for the record. Masaki worked hard on the drum tracks mixing mastering and helping to ensure that our vision for the album was realized. Masaki also worked with some of our favorite bands (namely Five Iron Frenzy) so there was a bit of a geek-out factor there for us.
Bryce: Dig deep enough into the history of a group of Christian dudes and a love for Five Iron seems to be hidden there.
Brad: Five Iron and Ghoti Hook son!
Bryce: “Walking on Sunshine” by Ghoti Hook was such a rad cover
Brad: a masterpiece indeed.
Bryce: ha but we digress…
Bryce: Before we move on where can we go to get your new album?
Brad: Thanks that was definitely the mission. Something that adults and teens could enjoy simultaneously. You can buy the album on iTunes Rhapsody Amazon and Zambooie. We are working on physical distrobution but it seems like digital is where it’s at!
Bryce: Tis true. Who has cd’s anymore? it’s funny that the “vintage kids” of the future will have CDs and think they are way cool.
Brad: Indeed. I think it’s great that kids are buying vinyl again too. The Vinyl/Digital combo is killer. Vinyl is so much cooler to look at (art-wise) and digital is easier to process and organize.
Bryce: Yeah for sure.
Bryce: So Blood and water is on Eden Records based in the Bay Area region of California. Tell us a little about Eden and how you got hooked up with them.
Brad: Eden actually found us through an Indie Vision Music compilation. One day we happened to be playing a show with Jerome Madigan (ex-Nifty Tom 50 and our current label mate) and they decided to start talking with us about a deal. They had a much simpler approach to music in mind and it seemed really smart to work with them especially considering the current state of the ever-changing music industry. We’ve been able to develop as a band and help develop the label in the process. it’s been a great relationship.
Bryce: Yeah in speaking with James he seems to have a very organic grassroots mentality with his label. He is also full of great promotional ideas.
Brad: Yeah we are definitely entering into a post-label era where band can truly experience commercial success with little or no backing. James has a very realistic idea of where things currently sit and how to survive as a company.
Bryce: You need be able to adapt in this quickly changing world
Bryce: Do you have any upcoming tour festival plans??
Brad: We plan to hit all of the remaining West Coast festivals this year and we’ll be hitting the road on-and-off this Fall with our friends I Am Empire. Generally speaking though our touring schedule (God-willing) will start in January. We’re really focusing on radio promotion reviews interviews and soldifying our lineup before tour hits. We’re all in school right now too. Everything we’ve done thus far has happened while maintaining a full-time college schedule.
Bryce: Very impressive. Gives me hope. My fiance is going through 18 units at a junior college while planning a wedding.
Bryce: What are some bands you love right now that others should check out?
Brad: Transit Abandon Kansas Sleep For Sleepers I Am Empire Bleach Jack’s Mannequin Title Fight and of course the single greatest band of our time…The Aquabats.
Bryce: I thought you were gonna say Coolfield for sure…
Bryce: What are your favorite TV shows? That is if you’re one of those people who watch TV.
Brad: Chuck. Everyone needs to watch it. I will blatantly promote that show until my lungs cave in. If I don’t surely these rocks will cry out.
Bryce: it’s Biblical.
Bryce: God uses many different things to draw us to Him in life. What is your story?
Brad: God used music in my life…particularly the music of The O.C. Supertones and a band called Last Tuesday. I was raised in a Christian home went to public school did the whole teenager thing. God used the message and testimony of these bands to really minster to me and I felt like He met me in my situation. Though I had few Christian friends I found comfort in solid Christian music. One of the biggest moments for me…really wasn’t even a huge deal. I remember meeting Carl Brengle (bass player for Last Tuesday) outside of a concert once. I was obviously a huge fan. He took time to talk to me and it made me feel like I mattered. Like I wasn’t just a nameless face in the crowd. We didn’t even talk about anything spiritual I just remember having a normal conversation with the guy and how God used it in my life. To this day I hope that I can be a Carl Brengle to somebody. As odd as that sounds…
Bryce: Not odd at all. As much as people deny it we all want to matter to someone or something. God uses us to be those people all over the world when we are obedient to Him. The smallest things can mean the most.
Brad: Yeah I think bands (and Christians) today often forget what a huge influence they can make with such a small act of obedience. God is bigger than we think!
Bryce: Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Bryce: As we are both running short on time. Is there anything you would like to say in closing???
Brad: Our roadie Derek looks a lot like Robert Pattinson.
Bryce: Not a bad gig for him… ha.
Bryce: Alright man well have fun at your upcoming show knock em dead metaphorically….
Brad: Thank you clarifying 🙂 It was great talking to ya!