By Blood Alone Announces East Coast US Tour Dates and Discusses New Album
Portland, Maine progressive gothic metal band By Blood Alone has announced the following East Coast US tour dates:
April 1 - Ralph's Diner, Worcester, MA
April 2 - The Fuzebox, Albany, NY
April 3 - New Wave Cafe, New Bedford, MA
October 30 - Furfright 2010 - Cromwell, CT
Guitarist John Graveside comments, "If you're new to By Blood Alone, you'll get 45 minutes of breathtakingly dark progressive rock, unlike anything you've heard before. If you HAVE seen us previously, you know to expect the unexpected. For some reason when we are onstage people really study our music. They watch very quietly and only make a sound when they cheer at the end of songs. It's sort of like a classical concert or a scene from 'Monterrey Pop', and after 5 years in the band still a tad unnerving."
Guitarist John Graveside comments on the upcoming album's artwork, "Cruella is a visual artist, and I am a graphic designer, so the packaging was very important to us. We licensed the painting from a museum in the UK, and I 'doctored' it a bit and did the overall layout. The cover is getting lots of compliments. I see a lot of indie CDs with very mediocre artwork, and as a graphic designer it pains me to look at some of them. Even though the world is moving away from CDs to downloadable files, artwork is still an important point of expression for any band, and usually a dull cover means a dull band. And if there’s no artwork at all…well, you get the point." Cruella adds, "Artwork is extremely important. I didn’t want it to be an afterthought with the album. I am constantly thinking and creating with pictures, so when it came to choosing an image for the cd I already had tons of ideas. Luckily, Graveside and I were on the same page."
The band plans on releasing their new CD in the Fall of 2010. "These are all the songs we wrote during or after Cruella's breast cancer battle in the fall of 2007," John Graveside explains. "It was a pretty trying time for both her and the rest of us, and it shows in the music. As soon as she started chemo I was determined to have the bulk of the next disc written in the next few months, and after I got done with writing each one the band started fleshing them out while Cruella wrote lyrics at home. So, I got 5 songs done (all about 8 minutes each), and a few months after we started gigging again I wrote a sixth song and Runtt brought in a song, so we now have 7, about 50-55 minutes of material. We're laying down basic tracks in our new studio as we speak (and hopefully we will be done with basics before the tour starts.) So far everything is coming out great and we're hoping to release the disc in the Fall."
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