BLASTED TO STATIC

Vocalist Jeff Martin is one you all should know of if you want to call yourself a self respecting metalhead. BLASTED TO STATIC is his latest endeavour. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Can you please tell all our readers about the history and discography of BLASTED TO STATIC?
-I was put in contact with Stu Marshall our guitar player and really musical director, by Bruce Bouillet of Racer X fame. Stu wanted me to do a track for his Empires of Eden album and also six others for a possible solo project. By the time I finished a few tracks I contacted him in Sydney Australia where he resides , and said I’m really connecting with your music let’s make this a real band not just a project and there you go.

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-Obviously everyone in this band has some kind of lineage and that helps to not be a complete unknown shooting in the dark with your material. That of course would truly scare me but as a musician these days you either love to do what you’re doing or you just don’t do it at all. To me at the beginning of an album I’m so stoked to be doing it and caught up in the work of it that I have blinders on to how it will be received and just plow forward with the creativity .

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-As you know from working with Racer X ,I always have one theme song dealing with a hellbent for leather sort of theme ,either on a bike or car. I grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin three blocks from the Milwaukee Mile ,the 1st mile oval race track in United States and grew up with racing. Songs Lake Street lethal, Motor Man, Bolt in my Heart, Lucifers Hammer, and of course on the Blasted To Static album, Suicide King, which is a true hell bent for leather song and a salute to all the 2 wheeled road racing friends that put the balls on the line every time they hit the track ,they truly are the Suicide Kings.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Not not hard for me at all, I have a huge list of titles and I play the track of music ,whatever I’m sent or put together ,and find what fits with the title ,from there it all falls in the place like a glorious sonic puzzle. Truly one of the favorite things I do in life.

I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-I feel you there brother, I am old school as well. One of the biggest things of a new album project or any album project is the artwork, so you can visually project what sonically will come out of this Record, CD or electronic ones and zeros. Blasted will be coming out on vinyl with the CD inside and being the artwork is very cool in my humble opinion I can’t wait to see it.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpreted because of the music you play?
I’ve never given that much thought, I do what l do ,I put it out there , say a small prayer and hope people dig it. I’m not the kind of person who would contrive something together to win votes musically or otherwise.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-There’s nothing good about anybody being able to record an album in the backseat of their car. The simplicity afforded in these days of music recording leads any Jack off to put their ideas out there and clutter up the system with crap. Hopefully the listeners and fans can decipher what’s good and bad and push the good and flush the bad. It’s really up to them. As far as being true to a band, I still have fantastic Racer X and Badlands fans constantly tell me we were the biggest thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately most of the labels we were connected with wanted to wipe their ass with that bread and never gave either band a good shot at getting out there through push, promotion or tour support.

Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-Hate to sound like an old bugger, but if I was to pan through 50 tapes of new bands and somebody really had good things to offer ,it would stick out like a sore thumb. The hard part is weeding through millions of them. What I believe happened in the start of this whole rock ‘n’ roll thing is you had the guy like Brian Epstein who would find that band and help develop them into what is the Beatles. But of course they were somebody you had to see to catch their vibe and not just the sounds they were making, their personalities flew off the stage and that’s what stole the hearts of millions. Of course writing perfect songs singing and playing unbelievably great helped as well.

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Nothing could be more true. Once again you need tour support if you don’t want to go around in a small van with a bunch of stinky men and play rock ‘n’ roll. I’m much too old for that and our label has yet to come up with any tour support to get us overseas or to the east to tour. I do have friends that have said they would help but yet no help has arrived. Would love to get into some festivals this summer or fall as we not only have songs from Blasted To Static, we can do Racer X songs as well.

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-I do love the visual side of stage shows ,of course it depends on the band .If I’m seeing Led Zeppelin I want to see Led Zeppelin and I could care less what’s on the stage but them ,but that was back in the day. For myself, If money was no object ,i would love to have a huge visual set up using holograms such as the one you saw of Ronnie James Dio singing on stage but of course with themes to the songs .There was also a video of a whale at a basketball court at a high school jumping out of the court and back into the water it looks so real, I would love to put something like that together. If that was not possible,screens behind with visual cues telling the story of the tunes is one of my dreams.

What does the future hold?
-A pine box and a bunch of nails pounded in by the hammer, of course one of the titles of the Blasted To Static album. But in all seriousness, we are working at another album hoping to spark up enough interest for tour support ,get out there and push it before I have to wade into that box. Everybody in this bed of nails are seasoned professionals and on stage are beasts and would bring this to you the way it should be brought ,true , uncompromised from the heart heavy metal ,what could be better.

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