Burning Jet Black is not the new name of The Whiskey Saints. Burning Jet Black is a completely new music project by a 4 pieces band from Santa Monica, CA. Renovate or die? Not really. It is not even a renovated project. This is about the same people with new ideas and new inspirations. A change of direction because they really feel like doing it and the result is brilliant. Good bye The Whiskey Saints. Welcome Burning Jet Black.
Guided By Voices, The MC5, Kings Of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Stooges.
In the future, robots will perform all the music we listen to. Thumping bass and electronic blips will destroy all the pure emotion and visceral experience of the music we once knew.
Meanwhile, in the here and now, Burning Jet Black is fighting hard against this automatic (re)/(de)volution. Fingers dancing on the fretboard, legs shaking on the kick drum...and sweat dripping
off their brows, and the genuine heat of the crowd. This is music with a pulse...and the heart to keep it beating.
"While your friends are growing up and taking vows, you're still giving all your body will allow..." is the declaration that ignites Magazine Girl, their first single. An apt observation of the tragic heroine of the song and of Burning Jet Black themselves. The industry is that model past her prime, desperately whimpering for your attention, but not offering anything in return. This band, however, is offering something real, something that screams for you to be immersed in it, and they're on the fast ascent, keeping in mind: "We come TOGETHER, or we fall apart."
Assuming it would be possible to start over again, knowing all the things you know now, would be a no-brainer. The band functions with this hypothetical ethic; only using the experience of the past to look forward, instead of back. Comprised of David Bloomfield (lead guitar), David Sparrow (vox/guitar), Jeff Bell (drums), and Rob Hughes (bass) you get a band that clicks. You'll hear it, it will sink down into the depths of your soul, and then you'll know. Burning Jet Black is alive and kicking and they will not quiet down.
The Modern Egotist (EP, 2012)
The Bootleg (EP, 2007)
West (Debut album, 2008)
24 Hours (Sophomore album, 2011)
"The Modern Egotist" was produced by Burning Jet Black, engineered by Todd Richards and Chris Allen and recorded at Studio Rev, Los Angeles, CA. Mixed by Joe McGrath (B.B. King, Ryan Adams, Morrisey, Green Day, The
Offspring) at Mod-o-Phonic, Hollywood, CA. Cover Art/Photography by David Bloomfield
"Magazine Girl","Bleeding Heart", and "No Soul" written by David Bloomfield.
"Waiting For Tomorrow" written by David Sparrow and Jeff Bell.
1. How did the band begin?
David Sparrow (lead singer/guitarist): A long time ago...in a galaxy far, far away. But seriously, Burning Jet Black is actually a rebirth of our original band The Whiskey Saints. After many years under this name we had some moderate success and played some great shows, but it was a time for a change. So, about 5 months ago, in response to the new tunes we've been writing we embraced the name "Burning Jet Black." (Oh, if you want the details on The Whiskey Saints, you'll have to find our original bass player. He "might" be willing to tell you the story).
Jeff Bell (drummer): Going back 7 years ago, Sparrow, Bloomfield, and I found each other on Craigslist. Thinking back on this, it's kind of incredible that we all had the same outlook on our approach to music considering Craigslist is patrolled by a majority of crazy people.
David Bloomfield (lead guitarist): I'd like to think the new band was a long time in the works, at least in my mind. We picked The Whiskey Saints initially because we had gone through a million names and couldn't decide on anything, it was just thrown out there. We're all sort of down to earth, normal guys, so maybe we thought it reflected the sort of working man attitude in the band. However, that name The Whiskey Saints never really fit us in the long run; we've just evolved too much over the years to sound like anything resembling a bar band. Recently Sparrow warmed up to the idea of starting over with a new name and I jumped at the opportunity.
2. How would you define the sound of the band?
Bloomfield: The heart of our music is dirty, high energy rock n roll, very accessible but also constantly changing and hopefully challenging the listener a bit. I've always highly respected musicians that are willing to try something new, even if it's to their detriment commercially. I don't think it's in our blood to make two records that sound exactly the same.
3. Talk us about your last work.
4. How are your concerts? What can we find there that we wont find on your studio records?
5. What do you think about the music industry and what do you think is your place within it?
Bloomfield: Besides the fact that even less musicians are making money these days, I don't think the industry from a band's perspective has changed all that much. You still have to be willing to give away something truly valuable to yourself and expect nothing in return. I'm sort of in agreement with Jeff here that you have to want to do it for your own self-worth, and maybe share whatever ideas you have burning a hole in your brain to benefit your fans and just culture as a whole. If some sort of financial return comes, good for you, just don't forget where it came from and use it to continue trying to make good music. I think this truly sums up why Burning Jet Black gets up on stage and steps into the studio as an independent band.
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