XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Blake: We have some tours in the works. We recently hooked up with an amazing roster at Artery Global. We just released our EP AEONS on March 1st. You can get it on all music platforms.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Blake: and I have been in a band together since we have started playing instruments. Being brothers and best friends made it easy to always jam and write. We had a rebirth when we got William McIlravy on bass and Joe Nichols on drums. Truly brought the whole thing together.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Blake: The music… the music is what inspired us to be in a band. We were heavily influenced by bands like TOOL, Black Sabbath and Nirvana in our early years.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Blake: The thrill of playing in front of a live audience is something I hope everyone gets to experience. Putting it all out on a stage for your set is an amazing feeling. But writing and recording is also something I truly love. I get major butterflies in my stomach before the release of a new song. You never really know if people will love it or hate it.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Blake: Just the time our tour van broke down in Idaho. It was terrible to be stranded and have to cancel some shows. We had to sell our trailer to a lady that was going to use it for hauling duck decoys for hunting. The crazy part was. We got a hold of a buddy of ours that we knew trucked through the area to pick up potatoes. Turns out he came right through Burley, IDAHO where we broke down. We loaded all the gear in the back of his semi and hit the road. Thank you ED MILLER!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Blake: They want to buy my clothes sometimes. Idk why. But hey everything’s for sale.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Blake: Yes and no. They were always supportive but at the same time wanted us to settle down and get real jobs. Haha. So we did both. I started plumbing and working in the fields for a company that plowed manure. We worked crazy 100 hour weeks to afford new gear.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Blake: BROTHER and THE TOLL.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Blake: TOOL. They were my biggest influence at an early age. I just loved the sound that they made. One of a kind band and I wanted to be like that.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Blake: Saul, Nothing More, Sevendust, Slipknot.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Blake: With the release of BROTHER we have had so many people tell us how it has touched them on a personal level. It’s the greatest feeling. So I’d say my greatest accomplishment so far is being able to help people cope with the loss of their family member.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Blake: Honestly I’d be plumbing. It’s what I was doing before the band started taking off.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Blake: I think it’s amazing. Everyone is working hard to bring the best live shows possible.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Blake: I’m a father of one amazing daughter.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Blake: We say our genre is PROGRESSIVE MAINSTREAM. We take our influences from TOOL, Architects, Tesseract and try to put a mainstream feel to it.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?