Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Mike Petrasek of Bedlem.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
PETRASEK: The coolest thing about Bedlem is we’ve all been friends since we were kids in elementary school. So we don’t walk on egg shells around each other. We say it like it is and there’s never really push back from that. It’s like working with family.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
PETRASEK: My influences are many. Iron Maiden is a religion in my household (one of my brother’s name is Eddie!), so of course Bruce Dickinson is a huge influence. Growing up though, I couldn’t hold a tune. I would belt out Megadeth, Maiden, Corrosion of Conformity, etc. and it probably sounded like a cat dying. I got into oldies, specifically the Temptations, and I think that helped mold my voice. 90’s grunge came around and I started throwing more “gruff” to my voice. Myles Kennedy as well; Sam Smith. On top of all of this, I love hardcore music. So there’s quite a bit of everything in my vocals.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
PETRASEK: Our latest release “Back To Bedlem” arrives on October 31, 2018. A lot of time was put into this album. I think there’s more to this with the “Hard-Rock/Metal” tag. There are time signatures in there that aren’t in your typical hard-rock structures. The catchy choruses that defines pop music. Joe’s 80s inspired solos that again, aren’t in your modern rock/metal as well. Paul’s heavy, groove-infused hits. Metal Injection said we are “Groovy as hell”. I thought that was cool and it’s kind of stuck; Groove Metal.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
PETRASEK: Me personally, I’ve lived at concerts for years. One of my favorite bands was Dillinger Escape Plan. Watching Greg abuse his body; most people were watching him worried. I was there taking notes! It’s definitely a party though. Like I said, we’re all friends/family. We want our shows to have the same vibe.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
PETRASEK: I’ve said it from day one, I want to take over the world man. I won’t stop until Bedlem is at every festival possible and headlining stages. So in 5 years, I’m hopeful we’ll be exactly there and not flipping burgers!