Fri, Jul. 26th, 2013
bree 's Birthday Bash
with The Paranormals and The Cultivation
Palace Of Rock Interview with bree
The new single All American Girl is a really good rock song, it feels a bit timeless. I read that you had a tough childhood with physical and mental abuse, with that in mind, how come you sound so positive and inspiring in your music?
When I met David on my 21st birthday in Palm Springs, California he asked me the same thing. I would credit my late Mother. I’ve always believed she’s watching over me and no matter how bad it got there was going to be happiness in the end.
Playing on a flying V guitar, puts you in the same fine family as Michael Schenker, Randy Rhoads and Jimi Hendrix. Do you think it´s the ultimate rocknroll guitar?
It is for me. I’ve always been attracted to its look and feel. In the studio, I play my Gibson Flying V and a pre-CBS Fender Telecaster.
When I listened to your debut album, I thought it sounded so alive. Did you aim for the band to sound as live as possible while recording the album?
Absolutely. The three of us kick ass live and I’m proud of it. Justin was impressed by our power the first time he heard us and he made it a priority to capture that in the studio. Except for some extra vocal harmonies and the occasional guitar overdub, what you hear on the CD is exactly how we sound live.
What´s a guy to do to make an impression on you for a perfect date?
Tell me his three favorite songs from the CD. I’ll know exactly where he’s coming from : )
I watched the very cool instructional video for your song You can´t take the heart out of me on youtube and that riff would make Status Quo proud of you for sure, it´s my personal favorite along with the catchy Dance all nite. Which song are you most proud of?
Status Quo? Wow, you nailed the rhythm! We were done recording the ten songs for the CD and then we rehearsed a song I’d just written, You Can’t Take The Heart Out Of Me. David stopped us and said, “I’m calling Justin. This song needs to be on the CD.” Justin booked us immediately into Ronnie’s Place (Ronnie Milsap’s studio - Roy Orbison’s before him) and we recorded the song live on the second take. That was such a perfect day and working with Justin is a dream come true. Dance All Nite (with my finger in the air) is the first song we ever recorded (House Of Blues Studio D Nashville in January 2012) and we open our shows with it. In other words, you picked the first and last songs we recorded for the CD. Very cool. I love all my songs and could never pick a favorite, but I Hope You’re Smiling is a tribute to my Mother and that song will always have a special place in my heart.
Whisky is another great song on your debut album, so are you a whisky drinker or do you prefer wine?
Whisky was written about an ex-boyfriend who seemed only interested in me when he got drunk. Great for the ego, right? I grew up in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon and learned to love my pinot noir at an early age.
If someone recorded a cover of one of your songs, what artist would you love to hear perform one of your songs?
I would be excited by any artist who did a cover of one of my songs and put a whole new spin on it, especially if they were from a different genre.
And finally, can we expect a 2nd album next year?
We just started promoting our debut CD and it doesn’t hit the street until June 18th, so we’ll be riding this one for a while (I cannot wait to hit the road). I love Quentin Tarantino and we have a new song called Some Days that I wrote with his movies in mind. I’m a huge fan of his work. David and Mayrk love the song and we’re adding it to our set. Can’t wait to go back into the studio to record it with Justin and the next thing you know we’ll have our 2nd album.
Birmingham bred and Nashville re-united, The Paranormals muscle their way through riff-driven rock and roll.
Fusing the sweat and grit of classic rock with the catchy hooks and infectious melodies of ’90s alt-rock, The Paranormals have developed a sound that is simultaneously original and familiar without being derivative.
Though only in their mid twenties, each member of The Paranormals is already a veteran to the music scene. Guitarist Jarrod Randall, and drummer/lead vocalist David Sutton started playing music together years ago in high school. “We basically grew up together in Birmingham, and well, I kind of married his sister,” says guitarist Jarrod Randall. And the band’s tight-knit history translates to their sound in the studio as well as onstage.
In addition to manning the drums, David Sutton pulls double duty as the band’s lead singer, adding a rare and tricky element to live shows. According to Randall, “It was challenging at first— you have to figure out how to write with that in mind. But now it just happens. Some shows, I’ll turn around and [Sutton] is sweating like a pig and I just smile, thinking, ‘Man you are doing all the work here.’ It’s a challenge to make sure the energy translates when your front man is behind the kit. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
After releasing their EP, American Spirit, in the summer of 2012, The Paranormals received considerable critical acclaim for their debut release. The lead single, “Feel So Tired,” received heavy airplay on radio stations throughout the Southeast, including Nashville’s own Lightning 100, and American Spirit landed the band on the Lightning 100 and The Nervous Breakdown Best Of 2012 year-end lists. In addition to the recognition of their EP, The Paranormals gained additional praise after earning second place in The Deli Nashville’s Emerging Artist of 2012 poll. As of now, the band is writing and recording their way to their first full-length album.
The Paranormals voted The Lightning100 Best Of 2012.
American Spirit nominated in The Nervous Breakdown 2012 Year-End Music Awards.
“As a band we try to make music that plays to the honesty of our songs. Blues, rock and a retro vibe are standards to the music we have created so far. We are always searching for new influences into fresh genres and opportunities to grow musically as a band.”
The Cultivation formed in the summer of 2012. Bassist Jay Averitt and drummer Tony Thompson met while working at the same restaurant. At the same time Kevin Martin and Emerson Wells met at work and began collaborating and writing music together. Tony eventually met Kevin and Emerson, and the three decided to collaborate and practice songs and create new ones at Tony’s house in East Nashville. An immediate spark grew and the need for a bassist was met when Tony invited Jay to a practice session. In a very short period of time, the band decided to search for a studio to record their E.P. East Side Manor was chosen and after three full days of tracking, an E.P. was created. The band is pursuing live venues and creating a fan base for music they like to call “fun rock n’ roll“.