Rock forces are not to be messed with, when coming to Blasted To Static! The band has written and recorded for their debut album that came out in 2016, with a new album underway! Frontman vocalist Jeff Martian, discloses of all things music, both in this band, among other assorted projects, plans on new music for Blasted To Static, and touring as well.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Jeff: So far we've developed and recorded one album that was released May 2016 and has done quite well. We have gotten good reviews. The band started between my meeting with guitarist / producer Stu Marshal from Sydney, Australia (Death Dealer / Night Legion / Empires of Eden) with myself writing and recording the main bulk of the material and then adding on Rev Jones from MSG and Leslie West and Steelheart on bass guitar and Clay T who is a great session drummer also from Sydney.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Jeff: I was telling an old rock 'n' roll story to my daughter who loves hearing them. This one went way back to when I was a pimple faced paperboy learning how to play drums and just loving Black Sabbath, the "Paranoid" album had just come out and it was a constant rotation in my cassette tape player. I played it so much with the speaker in the tape player shredding, everything on 10 and one morning early delivering papers ,as I usually do at 5:30, I must have finally added the straw that broke the camels back. I came in the next day and was immediately fired due to a lady who called him saying to turn that shit down he's got it Blasted to Static. On telling her the story and realizing what a fantastic name that was, it was always in my hip pocket. So the band is named after a 10 year old metal head's love of heavy metal and having every thing on 10.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Jeff: I'm in Lake Tahoe California, Rev is in Oklahoma City Oklahoma and Stu and Clay are both down under boys in Sydney. My scene here consists of a great metal band I have with friends called Fortress, we do Racer X, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, etc. etc. and have a great time doing it. I know Rev has some fun bands he has back in his area. Stu and Clay have a band that is just in the Australian market called Night Legion with an album that has just come out and it is super heavy heavy metal.
4. How would you describe your style?
Jeff: We have some tones of Racer X but we really wanted to come out with this being a hard rock / heavy metal album. We wanted this to shadow albums like early Black Sabbath, Queen or Judas Priest.We wanted to hit you hard with a few and then give you a sonic pallet cleaner not unlike Sabbath who would have songs like Changes or Fluff or planet Caravan.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
Jeff: I have personally released over 40 albums and they differ from vocals to drums. A lot of the drumming I've done has been hard rock blues rock oriented along with Paul Gilbert solo albums and Badlands. I haven't really done a ton of other vocal albums other than my studio solo album some guest appearances, Racer X of course and Blasted to Static. Drumming you could expect vintage style 70's licks and feel, singing, early Priest, Deep Purple or Uriah Heep style of vocals.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
Jeff: Yes we are prepping for a second album, that work started in December / January. I just finished and it's now released on a Mike Onesko album of covers called Recoverd. I sang and drummed on No Quarter and sang on Fire by Arthur Brown. I have done many albums with Michael Onesko in the Blindside Blues Band and toured overseas a bit.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
Jeff:Not with Blasted but we hope with a second album that will change. We did a few shows in the U.S, with one at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Jeff: Second album and hopefully some touring.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Jeff: It's out on Metalopolis records via CD and vinyl. You can also get it digitally through Spotify or iTunes. I do believe you can also order through Amazon.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Jeff: Everyone in this band has been in a ton of cool bands and played with a lot of great people. We hope to mix this in and give you a bit of all of what we've been through with others and what we've learned from the greats of the past and that's what Blasted to Static is.