An Interview With Blessed By A Broken Heart
Blessed By A Broken Heart is finally back home after completing their Terminatour of the United States and Canada. The screamo turned hair metal band released their second album, “Pedal To The Medal,” in 2008, and since then have been on the road promoting the album. But it hasn’t been an easy trip. Arrests, stolen laptops, and a trip to the emergency room put a few kinks in the plans for these fun-loving musicians.
In fact, my original interview with bassist Tyler Hoare was put on hold when lead vocalist Tony Gambino was rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be meningitis. Fortunately, doctors determined Tony actually just had a bad reaction to antibiotics, and was released in time to finish the tour, and I finished up part two of my interview with him a few days later.
Nichole Nash: Where did the name Blessed By A Broken Heart come from?
Tyler Hoare: Wow...its a very long story, but basically the first singer of this band stole my girl that I had been with for 6 years and was gonna marry. They got engaged a month later, I thought my life was over, and when I realized that there was more to life than just her, it opened my eyes and I was blessed through this broken heart. Plus, in like 2002 it was cool for hxc bands to have long emo names. We’ve tried to change it since then because obviously the name doesn’t really fit the music anymore, but the fans and labels are very against it.
Nichole: Your sound has changed a lot since "All Is Fair In Love and War." "Pedal To The Metal" had a lot less screamo and more dance rhythm. You now refer to yourselves as a hair metal band. Will you keep any of the metalcore and screamo elements on future albums?
Tyler: I’m sure the next album will still be heavy, but yeah, we are definitely moving towards a more mainstream pop sound .
Nichole: How's the Terminatour been going?
Tyler: Really good. We’re having lots of fun. Tony took a dump on Kiros’ van yesterday ..that was cool.
Nichole: Who's been your favorite band to tour with so far?
Tyler: Well, I have to say that Love Hate Hero is like my new favorite band, besides Phil Collins. They make me cry every night!
Nichole: I know you had a laptop stolen at your Montreal show. Any luck recovering it? Have there been any other catastrophes on the tour?
Tyler: Naw, we still didn’t get it back. Well, I got arrested again, but it really wasnt my fault. It was a misunderstanding between me, the cops, and a bag of cheetos.
Nichole: Ok, I just have to ask. Cheetos? Anything more you can tell us about that?
Tony: Yes, Cheetos. That’s all you need to know.
Nichole: (laughs) Ok, moving on. So far you've toured in Europe, Canada and the US. What's been your favorite venue?
Tyler: My favorite venue was this place in Italy. They had roller coasters and babes in bikinis that fed us grapes.
Nichole: What's been the biggest difference, if any, between the fans in Europe and North America?
Tyler: Well, the kids in Europe are a lot more accepting towards new styles of music. But they dance sooo funny.
Nichole: What are your plans for when the tour ends in March?
Tyler: We are probably all going to Hawaii for a bit to write the next album, and then we have plans on playing Japan, Australia, and Costa Rica.
Nichole: Has work started yet on the new album?
Tyler: Yeah, we have a bunch of ideas, but we just haven’t had time to sit down and put them all together.
Tony: Keep your eye out for new Blessed material coming soon!
Nichole: What music do you listen to in your spare time? Any favorites?
Tyler: Mostly just Journey and Avril.
Nichole: "Pedal to the Metal" has been described as a modern day version of Motley Crue. Do you think that's an accurate description? Do you think Blessed By A Broken Heart has anything else in common with Motley Crue?
Tyler: Yeah we do... we have the same tour bus that they do. Slater’s also working on a rotating drum kit.
Nichole: How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn't heard your music?
Tyler: Turbo metal...Journey with breakdowns.
Nichole: Any final words for our readers?
Tyler: I love dirt bikes, lasers, and silly string.
Nichole: Any possibility of a show that would combine all three of those?
Tony: Every single one of our shows includes lasers, silly string and dirt bikes. Come check it out!
Nichole: So Tony, you had a meningitis scare, and then discovered it was actually a reaction to some antibiotics. I hope you're feeling better after the whole hospital trip.
Tony: Thank you. Yes, I’m feeling much better. And yeah, I’m very relieved that it wasn’t meningitis.
Nichole: I saw that you are unfortunately one of many of us who are uninsured. If people want to make donations toward your hospital stay, how do they do that?
Tony: Yeah, unfortunately I live in the United States where the medical industry is run by money hungry politicians. So yup, my bill was very outrageous. My family and I might just have to starve for a little bit while we pay off the bill. We did receive some donations from some really awesome fans, friends, and family. So far it’s covered about half of the bill, which is a huge blessing. If you want to help, here is the link....http://ryfo.org/blogs/news/canyouhelptonykelly.html
Nichole: Any final parting words?
Tony: Thanks for the interview. I hope it is entertaining for the readers.
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