Blood, Sweat, Tears…and more sweat! For the four members of Blameshift, those words are much more than a cliche, they are real life. The story of Blameshift is as much about overcoming obstacles, letting go of fears, heartbreak and redemption as it is about the music they make. I recently had the chance to talk with Jenny Mann, lead vocalist for the band. If you haven’t heard Blameshift before, where have you been? They’re an incredible band that’s currently on tour throughout the U.S. After reading our interview, check out the video below and the tour dates to see if they are coming to a venue near you. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest news with Blameshift? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jenny: Well we just announced the Wake the Dead co-headling tour with The Nearly Deads that kicks off October 12th in Stanhope NJ. We are so excited to get back out on the road and see all of our fans.
XS ROCK: How long has Blameshift been together?
Jenny: We’ve been together for a little over 10 years.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Jenny: I’ve been a performer my whole life. I started out as a kid doing live theater and knew that the stage was the only place I wanted to be. So, that was definitely my motivation behind forming a band and touring.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jenny: I prefer playing for a live audience.The adrenaline rush and pleasure I get from performing live is like nothing else. It is indescribable. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in the studio too because I get to be creative and vulnerable…but I’ve always connected more to the live show.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Jenny: Every story we have from the road is outrageous. We have been through it all and then some over the years. From the guys dressing in drag to prank a band, to rockslides almost taking our bus out in the mountains of California, to pumping vegetable oil out of dumpsters behind restaurants to fuel our veggie oil bus, to clinging to the walls of a standalone bathroom at a campground in Illinois as a Tornado hit…we could write a book.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Jenny: Well it wasn’t exactly a request but the strangest fan encounter was definitely a fan giving us a picture frame with a heart made out of his own blood inside. He had a girls name tattooed on his leg. He decided to cut her name out of his leg in the shape of a heart, blot the blood with a paper towel and then frame the bloody heart in a picture frame for us to hang in the bus. Yeah, bet you never heard that one before! 😉
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Jenny: Yes and no. I think they always knew that this was my passion since I was a little girl but they also dreamed of me having a stable, “normal” career like everyone else. It took some time but they saw how determined and passionate I was about making music and eventually understood that this was my path.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jenny: I would say “Tell Me It’s Alright”. It’s upbeat yet heavy and get’s the crowd singing along.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Jenny: I think I realized I wanted to be a rockstar after hearing Alanis Morisette. She wasn’t your typical rockstar but she was fearless, honest and had so much to say. Her songs always made you feel something.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Jenny: Hmm..dream tour? I would say Papa Roach, The Used & 30 Seconds to Mars….and Blameshift of course!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Jenny: Being able to travel the country in a bus we built to play for fans that we made from hard work and dedication. There are so many bands out there that only dream of touring and playing music for a living. I can honestly say I did it. And I’m proud of that.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Jenny: I would probably be a radio DJ or do something else in the entertainment world.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Jenny: Well, since I’m the singer I have it pretty easy. I use a Sennheiser microphone and In-ear Monitors. The guys have more equipment than they know what to do with. We run a full light show too so that’s always fun!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Jenny: It’s unfortunate that the current music scene doesn’t really have a place for Rock n Roll at the moment. It’s more of an underground genre with Country, Hip Hop and Pop taking the lead but I hope that Rock slowly creeps its way back up.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Jenny: I have my own business that I started with my guitar player, Tim a little over a year ago called Strüng. It’s a music inspired jewelry line made from authentic guitar strings. We conceptualized this company while spending years traveling on the road. Since we officially launched in July of 2016 we are in over 100 retail stores. We continue to grow everyday. It’s fun because it’s related to music and a different outlet for creativity.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Jenny: I would describe it as high energy rock you can sing along to!
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Jenny: First of all thanks for always supporting us. Our fans are the best. But also, make sure to check out our tour dates for the Wake The Dead Tour. We will be hitting a lot of cities and we would love to see you.