PALE BLUE MOON are new to me but I decided to check them out a bit more. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
Jack Murphy (Guitars) – We were originally called Pale Blue Dot after the famous NASA picture but we realised that there was another band with that name so we changed it to Pale Blue Moon. I like the name. It’s unique. The right name is very important. It has to sound good being said or chanted by an audience and has to look good written or in a logo.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
JM – It’s hard to say because we all come from different backgrounds and because of this our sound is continuing to grow. Shane, our singer, was the main driving force for our first album so he created what I would describe as an American rock type sound. As we continue I think our sound will grow with everyone adding in their influences. For myself I’m influenced by a lot of rock and metal. Things like Metallica, Alter Bridge, Van Halen, Ghost and Black Sabbath so those influences will definitely play a role in our future sound.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
JM – Somewhat yes. For a slow song I feel it can go 2 ways. You can embrace the slow pace for the whole song and really use the space to your advantage or you can begin slow and then build to a change in the song and get faster. Metallica ballads are the perfect example of this. For fast songs it’s all about the energy and groove for me. You want the listener to feel it and move to it.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
JM – Our music definitely works live. We’ve worked hard on taking an album that is so well produced and very big sounding and translating it to our live show. As for stage size we want to be on the big stage. We are a band that definitely thinks about our image and as we grow and get on bigger stages we will continue to improve our stage design and production. We are heavily influenced by Ghost and how they have a huge production and image live.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
JM – I don’t think artists of any type are ever 100% satisfied. There’s nothing on the album that we regret or are unhappy with but there are things that we will do differently going forward. Like I mentioned before with all of us involved in writing I think that will change our sound.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
JM – We have really tried to use the internet to build our audience. From interviews and articles written up as well as social media presence we try to really push our name online.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
JM – I love the simplicity of our artwork. It’s a fine balance between being simplistic and busy but I’ve always liked simple. A great cover gets this balance right, It catches your eye but doesn’t overly distract you. You look at it and go “Wow that’s cool. I want to listen to this album.”
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
JM – I think we are slowly getting into the national scene. As a new band it can be hard to break that scene but we are definitely getting some traction nationally. I think it’s important that a new band embraces the national scene. It’s a great way to also become friendly with other bands in a similar position to you and help each other out.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
JM – There is certainly an element of people finding bands online now but I do think people still come out to bands. The way we like to use the live scene is we want to build relationships with other bands. By doing this both bands get exposed to different audiences. I know for me I find the majority of new bands that I like by seeing them open for a band I already know.
What does the future hold?
JM – The future is a bit unknown right now. We have plans to release more singles from the album and release 2 more videos. Unfortunately with COVID restrictions it’s become very difficult to schedule video shoots. So that is still in the plans but we have to wait for the restrictions to ease. In the meantime we are working on new material. Before the restrictions me and Mark, our bass player, were getting together once a week to write. Now that we can’t get together again I have been working on demos and sending them to the guys and getting feedback from them like that. I know Shane alson has lots of ideas for new songs. So whenever things open back up we will have plenty of material to use for whatever we decide to do next.