Q & A With Bad Blood

Q & A With Bad Blood
Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? 
 

Chad Cherry: Word on the street is that the Bad Blood creeps are about to unleash a debut full-length record. We’re gearing up to do some videos, some interviews, photo shoots and all the fun stuff that goes along with releasing new music.

 
Chris Clemence: Yes! Our debut record drops on July 26th. We’re throwing a big exclusive release party for it with our first public live performance. We’re also doing something completely different with this record. For the first time ever, fans will be able to own a piece of the record and share in the profits with us. There’s an amazing new music app we partnered with called Vezt. On the 26th fans can go on the app and “buy in” to own part of our song rights. The more they listen and promote the song, the more money they’ll make. Instead of buying a song, you’re buying ownership which you profit off of. It’s truly a revolution for the music business.
Kenny Borill: We are just full steam ahead with everything.
How long has the band been together?
Chris Clemence: This is our debut release! I was in Adelita’s Way with Chris (Iorio) previously, but this band is so much tighter and has a way bigger sound. We’ve been together as Bad Blood for almost a year now. I’m excited to get the music out to everyone.
What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Chad Cherry: It’s in my DNA. I don’t know any better. 
 
Kenny Borill: The chemistry we all have musically and it’s a group of amazingly talented people.
 
Chris Iorio: Music is my life. I live for being in bands and creating music. You could say it’s “The Drug That I Need.”
Chris Clemence: If you’re gonna write songs you have to share them with the world. Otherwise, what’s the point? I always loved creating original stuff and seeing people’s reactions.
Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Chris Clemence: Both! I feel like they are two completely different modes you have to transition back and forth too, but each is a vital part of what we do. Coming up with a great catchy hook is super exciting, and it’s even more exciting playing it live and having everyone sing along.

Chad Cherry:  If you write a bunch of songs you’re obviously going to want to play them live. It’s amazing to create a piece of music and then have it become a part of someone’s life soundtrack. It’s equally satisfying to hear a roaring crowd singing along to something that you have put a lot of your soul and passion into.

 
Chris Iorio: That’s a tough one because those are my absolute favorite two things about being a musician. There’s no feeling like being on stage, but also no feeling like creating a song from scratch. I’d have to call that one a tie.
Kenny Borill: I want it all and I want it now!
Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? 
Kenny Borill: Being arrested in Paris for destroying a hotel room and watching objects hit the ground from the eighth floor.
Chad Cherry: At one point in my life I was on the road for about 6 years solid. Touring with maniacs like Guns-N-Roses and Motley Crue. You could say I’ve seen and done some messed up shit. You can use your imagination from there.
Chris Clemence: I don’t feel like sleeping on the couch tonight so I’ll just let everyone leave it up to their imagination as well haha
Chris Iorio: Ha! Not going into anything specific, but I have had quite of a few from my personal experience that includes cops, border patrol encounters, having a gun pulled on me, girls, fights. All that good stuff.
What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Chad Cherry: One time on the road with Motley Crue a fan gave my bass player and I a suicide letter and requested to talk to Nikki Sixx.
 
Chris Iorio: You don’t even want to get me started on this question haha, pass!
Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
 
Chad Cherry: My mom was never really that cool about bailing me out of jail.. so… yeah.. anything besides me going to jail my mom supports.
 
Chris Iorio: My parents were and continue to be %100 behind my musical endeavors. I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for them.
Chris Clemence: Very. They were always super cool about it. I remember having them come to see me and Chris (Iorio) opening for Chris Cornell and I think that’s when they really got it. That’s when they were like “ok, he’s actually doing it.”
Kenny Borill: My mother has always supported me and continues to. If it wasn’t for her I would never get my first drum set.
What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Chad Cherry: I’m digging We Will Prevail, I Am The Hero, Rise Up, Light ‘Em Up, Reason To Live and Bohemian Rhapsody.. wait.. we don’t play Bohemian Rhapsody and that’s not our song. Damn it.
Chris Clemence: Right now I’m really loving the single Drug That I Need. I Am The Hero is also super fun.
Chris Iorio: I love to play them all, but Drug That I Need, We Will Own The Night, Light Em Up are three of my personal favorites.
Kenny Borill: Drug That I Need and Light Em Up rip!
Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
 
Chad Cherry: Alice Cooper. Why? Because ALICE COOPER, that’s why! 
 
Kenny Borill: Deftones for sure. Beastie Boys, Stone Temple Pilots just to name a few.
Chris Iorio: There’s honestly too many to list. I was pretty much smitten by rock n roll at a very young. I was always around music. As for guitarists, Eddy Van Halen and Randy Rhoads were the initial two that got me really into the guitar.
Chris Clemence: I’ve been partially influenced by every band I’ve listened to. You take pieces from here and there, the good stuff you like, and it kind of becomes your own personal style over time. Everyone I’ve learned and taken from is vastly different but each piece put together is who I am as a player today.
If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Chad Cherry: A dream tour would be each of us having our own bus with endless snacks. I don’t even care who’s on the bill just as long as there are snacks. Or I guess Bad Blood, Aerosmith, and The Rolling Stones would be ok.
Chris Clemence: I’d love to tour with Ghost right now. Their show is amazing.
Chris Iorio: Us, Shinedown, Motley Crue, and Guns n Roses
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
 
Chris Iorio: There’s a few I hold dear, but I would say co-writing “Invincible” by Adelitas Way which reached #4 on the Active Rock charts, and received a bunch of placements would be at the top of the list for me.
Chad Cherry: Music wise, playing Madison Square Garden was a big deal for me. I’ve rocked with a lot of my idols. I’ve been extremely lucky and I’ve never taken anything for granted.
Chris Clemence: Definitely my daughter Violet Skye. She’s already kicking ass getting featured in People Magazine, doing commercials, etc and she only just turned 2! Gotta watch my back haha! But music wise, having a few songs I was very fortunate to have done huge things, one of them becoming a sports anthem for all the NY teams. Being from NY and having written the anthem for the Giants, Rangers, and Knicks, is something I’m pretty proud of. Super thankful for that.
Kenny Borill: This record (Bad Blood) for sure. Everything I have ever played and recorded got me to this point.
If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
 
Chad Cherry: Why does everyone always ask this question? I would work for a primary branch of aerospace engineering or some neck down job like that, I guess
Chris Clemence: Something artistic. I wouldn’t fair too well at a normal 9-5 job. I feel extremely lucky we get to do what we do, and that’s because of the fans. We owe it all to them.
Chris Iorio: I’d probably be homeless! Haha no, but in all seriousness, I’ve been “all in” on playing music since I was 13. If I had to pick something else though, I would probably be involved in sports
Kenny Borill: Producing television shows.
What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Chris Clemence: I use Warwick Basses, Gibson guitars, Gallien Krueger amps, and D’Addario strings.
Chris Iorio: My go-to amp for the last 10+ years has been my EVH 5150 III. Guitar-wise, my go-to is my 08 Gibson Les Paul traditional Tobacco burst, but I also have a few really awesome custom built “Hamburguitars” built by the wonderful Bernie Hamburger that I love performing with as well.
Kenny Borill: Yamaha Drums, Zildjian cymbals, Pro-Mark sticks, and Evans heads.
Chad Cherry: Whatever microphone the joint has will do.
What do you think of the current music scene?

Chad Cherry: Honestly, I’m not too sure. I watch 70’s and 80’s horror movies.. which has nothing to do with this question. I should probably get out more.

 
Chris Iorio: It okay. It’s been a slippery slope for commercial rock music had whole over the past 10 years in my opinion, but it’s still very much alive and well. It’s tough sometimes surviving in the “digital age” of music so I think that’s causing more rock bands to branch out and diversify which is a good thing, but it’s also making them lean even more towards being “pop rock” and “alt-rock”. That’s cool and all, but unfortunately, some of the pure rock of it is sacrificed when that happens. That’s partly why there are less and less guitars these days in commercial rock which I understand, but it’s still sad to me since that was a fixture of what Rock music was originally built upon.
Chris Clemence: I agree with Chris (Iorio)
For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Chris Clemence: I’m also a visual artist and love painting. I’ve had my work featured in a few galleries.
Chris Iorio: I like playing video games in my downtime. I’m also am a big sports fanatic, mainly the NFL and the NHL.
Chad Cherry: That I’m actually Sylvester Stallone. It shocks the most.
If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Chris Clemence: The heavy, gritty bastard child of Muse and Motley Crue. Dirty, big, and anthemic.
Chris Iorio: Infectious songs with ripping guitars and soaring vocals, filled out by thunderous bass and drums.
Chad Cherry: Heavy hitting rock-n-roll music that makes you want to jump out of your skin and climb the walls. I would actually tell them to google that shit and figure it out themselves.
Kenny Borill: In your face Rock n Roll! You will be singing along after hearing it once.
Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
 
Chad Cherry: Yeah, a few things. Question authority. Don’t let any fucker try to hold you down or stop you from being you. Educate yourself and be truthful in life and you become a powerful and influential person. We gotta take care of each other out there. We’re all in this shit together.
Chris Clemence: New album drops July 26th and you can pre-order it for half price starting July 4th! You’ll get Drug That I Need instantly as well when you order. Also, download the Vezt app and buy a share of Drug That I Need. Mark my words. This is the future of the music business. This way you’ll actually be earning money every time you listen to us or promote the band. The bigger the song gets, the more money you make.
Kenny Borill: Add us on social media to keep updated with us!
Bad Blood is:
Chad Cherry, Chris Clemence, Chris Iorio, and Kenny Borill
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