Photo credit: Emily Utne
Bad ass rock duo Bloodnstuff are throwing a party at the Turf Club tonight to celebrate the vinyl release of their self-titled debut. Kicking it all off are their friends Red Daughters, Fort Wilson Riot, and host Tecon. These guys have been blowing minds with their live show; come see what all the fuss is about.
MFR spoke with Ed Holmberg about the album, the future, and Minnesota music. His thoughts are below.
You released your self-titled album earlier this year, and it’s awesome. After all of the hard work rehearsing do you feel it turned out the way you expected, or did it change directions during the recording process?
We’ve [Dylan and I] recorded a lot of times in our friendship, in our studio. This album is like the best thing we’ve ever done. It turned out pretty much exactly how we wanted it to— there was room for things to change, we dropped a few songs right beforehand, added a song or two right before we recorded. We love the album. It’s one of the few things that I’ve done that I can listen to multiple times and never for a second get weird about it. There are a few small, tiny spots on the album where there is a quick little mistake or something but it’s the first time that we haven’t lost our minds about being perfectionists about it because it turned out so well. It adds to the life of the album. We’re really happy with it; we worked really hard on it.
Kickstarter played a part in this— how was that process for you? Would you do it again?
It was a lot of really nice, helpful people. We made a few fans from it actually. It was positive all around. It’s one of those things where we didn’t think we were asking for anything crazy; we had already paid for a huge part of the album and we needed the last little bit to finish it up. Overall, positive. It was kind of embarassing to make one of those videos though. Swallowing the pride, that was the hardest thing.
So you have the album, you have the vinyl, what’s next— tour plans?
We have a few things that were working on. A couple really quick little midwest tours. Then the east coast this year, and probably west coast this spring? West coast is something we’re still trying to work out. A lot of it is still being worked out. I am not the one booking these shows, thank god, because that just wrecks it for me. I have people working on it; things will happen.
Who would you say your ‘dream’ band to tour with would be?
My ultimate dream band is At The Drive-In. That’s the dream band. Nothing realistic at all yet, but if we could ever get some type of tour with Big Bidness somewhere that would be amazing. Or Helms Alee, they’re fantastic and kind of similar to Big Bidness. They are one of my favorite bands right now.
As far as local stuff we’re friends with a few bands that we really love. I know Buildings is just getting back from tour right now but they’re one of our favorite bands to play with. To be honest I just want to get out there.
You guys are somewhat of perfectionists— does that mean you are already secretly rehearsing new stuff we won’t hear for quite some time?
I’m always writing new stuff. I really want to do a new album soon, but at the same time, for how well this is being received, we kind of have to sell it for a little bit before we can put something else out. We will be playing new stuff at shows eventually. We are still holding back a little bit because of the perfectionist aspect of it. We don’t really practice anyone elses stuff, it’s always writing; that’s the most fun part about the whole thing. It’s a huge high— that first time you play a new song that you have worked months on and have made perfect is pretty great. Or if you had that hurdle where you made it sound way to complicated and then you simplify it and it becomes exactly what you wanted. Those moments are kind of our favorites. There will be new stuff, we’re not done, that’s for sure.
I would like to do a split EP at some point with somebody.
The Twin Cities are known for a strong music scene. How has that played a part in everything that has happened with the band?
I don’t know, it is hard to say. We have been friends with a lot of people on the scene for a long time, but we’re not the most… social people. We took like a year and a half off to figure out how we were going to do a two-piece band and try to make it something different. We were hiding for a little while. Seeing other bands be able to play is a bummer when you have to start over. I think that there is a part of the scene where everybody does know everybody else and if you are a part of it for a while and sort of come out of nowhere it can kind of work out for you. To be honest we weren’t expecting it to go so well right away. We thought it would be an uphill battle for people to pay attention. But I guess if we play loud enough you can’t not. I think that there is so much great music in Minneapolis too that people become kind of a snob about it, but at the same time there’s the other way where you could go a long time just listening to bands from Minnesota. There are so many great bands— there’s not enough time.
It’s summer in Minnesota! What are some of your favorite summer shenanigans?
Most of the time in the summer my favorite activity is avoiding sun. That’s kind of how I get through it. My favorite [actual] thing to do in the summer is playing shows.
Where are some of your favorite (local) places to eat?
I feel weird saying it because it seems like the thing that a lot of people say, but I really love the Bachelor Farmer, that place has amazing food. I [also] really like Tilia a lot, at night.
McDonalds and Taco Bell, our favorites (sarcastic).
Interview by Laura Yurich
w/Red Daughters, Fort Wilson Riot, & Tecon
Saturday, August 4 2012
9pm // $7 // 21+
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