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BOMBAY BLACK: "Bullets and Booze"
BOMBAY BLACK's 5th album 'Bullets And Booze' is right around the corner with a May 2012 Triage Records release. Those familiar with BOMBAY BLACK know the previous albums were often centralized around the core theme of "Get Mad Get Even". BOMBAY BLACK's new album is instead a reflection of the partying mayhem that happens on their tour bus. The fans and fellow musicians who have walked on (and crawled off) the "Rock 'N Roll Pain Train" know well that the band does not mess around when it comes to cranking up the music and matching you shot for shot. 'Bullets And Booze' invites fans to live life to the fullest all wrapped up in one rowdy and raunchy package. Find out more about the album, here yto answer the q's are singer Erik Johnson and bassist Ty Sims, its... BOMBAY BLACK...
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
We're at the very beginning of promotion but so far response has been
great! I think this album is as fun to listen to as it was to make.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
TY: Well, I own a recording studio and we self produce all of our own records so the recording process for a new album usually starts shortly after the last one was released. We're lucky enough to not have to worry about how long we are in the studio so we've been working on this for almost 2 years.
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
All we knew for sure was that we wanted this to be a party record. That is the inspiration for most of the songs and we wanted that vibe to
come through. This album has a more "live" feel than our previous records and I think that helps add to the spontaneous tone of the
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
TY: Erik and I co-produce the Bombay Black albums together so we don't have to worry about a producer understanding where we are coming from artistically. We've only worked with an outside producer one time and that was on 2008's "Psycho Magnet". It was produced and mixed by mega platinum producer Beau Hill. Beau is a great guy and we had a blast working with him.
ERIK: Considering he's also the bass player, entirely too much.
And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
TY: I'm very pleased with the way this album turned out! This is my favorite Bombay
Black record to date.
Did the producer (you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
TY: We always try to do something new on each album. If you listen close on "Let Me Be" there is a vocoder doing a harmony with the lead vocal. It's low in the mix but it's there. We got a lot more experimental with the drum recording this time. There are no artificial or digital reverbs used on the drums. All of the ambiance comes from Eq'd and compressed (and sometimes gated) room mics. In most cases there are 3 sets of room mics, close, mid and far and all 3 sets were treated differently.
How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't
TY: This is the first time that we've really tried to capture a live sound in the studio. I think it mostly comes from working closer together and letting things happen naturally. Capturing a performance more than trying to make things perfect.
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
One of my favorite lines on the whole album is "You'll lose more than just your pride on The Rock 'N Roll Pain Train". We named our tour bus "The
Rock 'N Roll Pain Train" and that song is about some of the after show parties that happen on, around and sometimes under the bus.
Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
Not consciously. At first, the album was of a dual mindset and we started to realize that there were too distinct themes at work. We
culled the songs into separate blocks and kept writing and found that the theme of “Party songs that sound good live” tended to win out over
the other. “Let Me Be” was the last song written and mood was very
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
I think so. As you collect new influences over time it changes the way
you do things. Lyrically there are a few songs on this record that are affected by current events and trends, "All The Same In The Dark"
mentions the TV show Jersey Shore and "Take Another Picture" is about texting nude pictures back and forth with your
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
TY: We started our own label a couple of years ago so we don't have to worry about things like that happening.
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
Most of the crazy behind the scenes stuff happens at shows. I remember (well, I don't actually REMEMBER, but there are lots of pictures and
video) one night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We were playing with Bret Michaels and Lita Ford and the weather had gotten bad so the promoter
had moved the show times up to beat the storm. When Lita was done with her set her and the band loaded up on our bus and we started drinking
Jagermiester ( we have our own Jager machine on the bus). In less than 2 hours we went through a gallon of Jager and half a gallon of whiskey
and it was still daylight.
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
TY: I think the easiest way to sum it up would be "Modern Rock in the Old School
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
TY: I've been a huge fan of KISS since I was 5 years old. I'm also a big Mötley
Crüe fan. There's just nobody cooler than Nikki Sixx. As far as newer music goes I like Nickelback and I love Hinder's "All American
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
Thank you to the guys at Rock United for taking the time to listen to and
review our album and do this interview, and thank you for taking the time to read it. If you want to find out more about Bombay Black visit
us at www.bombayblackmusic.com
Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,