Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have a Q&A with BLOTTER.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
BLOTTER: We are BLOTTER! We’re an American rock and roll band from Newport and Manteo, North Carolina. Currently, we consist of three core members: Timmy Pollock, lead and rhythm guitar. Trey Bennett, lead and rhythm guitar. And Jimbo Wainwright, bass guitar. Between the three of us we all share lead and backup vocal duties. BLOTTER is a family affair because we are actually all cousins! We’ve all been performing together for a little over 10 years, and have released one EP, and two full length albums.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
BLOTTER: We are huge fans of bands like KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Pantera, Dio, the list goes on and on! We draw out a lot of different aspects of bands like that to form our own unique songs. KISS is a big one for us just based on their energy they put out playing live. They always give 100% every single night they play, and that’s something we try to emulate. Van Halen also influences us a lot with our singing. Think of all those badass back-up vocals that made their songs really pop. We utilize a lot of that sort of thing in our songwriting.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
BLOTTER: Our newest album is entitled “New Horizon” which we just released on March 1st. This album was a milestone for us because it’s our first record that features material contributed by all members of the band. There is a more diverse group of songs on this record than most bands try to do. Vocal harmonies, breakdowns, heavier songs, slower songs; the sound on this album can span a few decades, so there’s a little bit for everyone on this record!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
BLOTTER: People can expect us to give it our all every show! We try to keep the energy high, and make people feel like they can forget their problems, and just enjoy themselves for a little while. That’s what it’s all about! We’ve also been known to get theatric with fog machines, smoke bombs, and fireworks. Whatever it takes to make it a memorable show.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
BLOTTER: Currently we’re working on building up our catalog with new music. Recording sessions for a new acoustic album are about to begin, and we have plans for another album to be started later this year! In the next few years the plan is to establish ourselves as a regularly touring band, and to build a road team to help us realize our vision. There’s always lots of work to be done, but we’re ready to keep the ball rolling; the future is ours for the taking!
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