BackBlast came together in 2015, since then have released their debut concept EP "The Ringmaster", and are currently in the process of writing their all new record! For the mean time, they will be playing some shows on and off, with their sights on going ever so further with newer music and more shows to come soon! The band discusses all of these matters and more!
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
BackBlast came into existence in 2015 originally as a studio project started by Dan Cunningham, Chris Tamberella and Marcos Eguia. After 6 months of writing and recording, we knew we wanted to take it to the next level and decided we would evolve into a gigging/touring band. We added Adam Pritcher in 2016 on guitar. and brought in Wilsen Rivera on bass and Jake Ford on guitar in 2017. Our lineup is Dan Cunningham (Lead Vocals), Chris Tamberella (Drums), Adam Pritcher (Guitar/Vocals), Wilsen Rivera (Bass) and Jake Ford (Lead Guitar).
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
BackBlast is a cone-shaped area behind a rocket launcher, rocket-assisted takeoff unit or recoilless rifle, where hot gases are expelled when the rocket or rifle is discharged. Dan, Adam and Wilsen are all prior military. It is a way to bring our pasts into our present in a way.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Our band is based out of Manassas, VA (Just outside of Washington D.C.). Our music scene is best described as spread out, loyal and eclectic. The Washington DC area is different than most scene's that we've been a part of due to the fact that it is spread out over 4 states (Virginia, DC, WV and Maryland). Some bands that I can recommend is Silence The Blind, One Slack Mind, Omnislash, Alluvion, ZFL, Division. There are so many talented bands, we really could go on for a while on this.
4. How would you describe your style?
I would describe us as a mix of Power, Hardcore and Progressive metal. All 5 of us are all over the place for influences, and when we write we never have a genre in mind. Whatever sounds good and happens organically is what you’re going to hear.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
We recently released a 4 song concept EP called "The Ringmaster". It tells the story of an evil being who was tortured throughout his mortal life and has now come back is a supernatural being to raise an army of the damned to gain his revenge on the mortal world.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
Absolutely. We are in the process of writing the new record right now. We are looking to hit the studio in October, and have a December release.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
2018 has been a great year so far. We have a good amount of dates on the books already. You can catch us at:
5/19 - Martinsburg MAYhem Festival - MJ's - Martinsburg, WV
6/16 - L&B's - with One Slack Mind and Marshal Fuzz - Woodbridge, VA
6/30 - Bluefox - Breakout Band Showcase - Winchester, VA
7/13 - The Black Squirrel - Vienna, VA
8/4 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ
8/11 - Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD
10/12 Harvest of Metal Festival - Sparta Inn - Sparrows Point, MD
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Right now, our true focus is finishing the new record. We are looking at 2019 as the year for us to hit a national tour and do some overseas dates. We've had the opportunity, but we wanted to have the new album finished prior. We cannot wait to hit the road.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can find our music on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, etc. You can get it from us direct on our website at www.backblastmetal.com.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Some of the best feedback we've gotten from fans is that every song is different. Meaning, just when you think your listening to a hardcore track, it floats into a power metal based influence. Best advice I can give a listener is to listen to every track as if it was a new experience each time.