Static Tension draws upon influences stemming from classic rock, 90’s grunge, and progressive metal to craft a unique musical blend best referred to as “Progressive Grunge.” The Cincinnati, OH based band combines powerful riffs with melodic vocal harmonies, thought provoking lyrics, and intricate musical arrangements to generate their sound. Some influences include artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Tool, King’s X, Dream Theater, and Fates Warning.
XS ROCK: So tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Greg: Our first full length album, “Ashes To Animation”, is set for release on January 11, 2019. We’ve been working on this album for about a year and has consumed most of our energy. We will be promoting that heavily over the next several months and have a cd release show planned shortly after.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Greg: Approximately 4 years.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Greg: A passion for music and art, and an outlet for creativity.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Greg: I’ve been playing guitar since age 7, and developed my technique from 70s classic rocker guitarists like Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, and David Gilmore. I took private lessons for about 10 years when I was younger and continue to learn from instructional videos and by covering a variety of songs with with band.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Greg: Thought provoking with a somber mood
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Greg: Continue to grow our fanbase, draw larger crowds to our shows, and increase album sales.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Greg: To be able to fund all band expenses through revenue generated by the band itself.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Greg: All of these are important parts of the creative process. I enjoy them all equally when well executed.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Greg: Many of our songs are about feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and depression. Music is sort of a form of therapy for us, and we feel it’s helpful for others struggling with these feelings to know they aren’t alone. The sense of community helps people to cope.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Greg: We’ve been asked a few times to travel pretty ridiculous distances to play for free. As much as we’d love to tour the world, that’s a expensive proposition.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Greg: Yes, but also taught me to proceed cautiously and have backup plans.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Greg: I enjoy playing different songs every show. It keeps things interesting and challenging.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Greg: Led Zeppelin was the first band I fell in love with and the reason I picked up the guitar.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Greg: Alice In Chains, Mastodon, and Tool
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Greg: Ashes To Animation. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece in my mind.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Greg: That’s easy because my band is not my career. I spend far more money funding the hobby than what we make back. My career is in logistics management.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Greg: Marshall JCM 800 Head, several guitars including a Les Paul Studio, Ibanez JS1000, and most recently a 7 String Kiesel. These are my main guitars right now.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Greg: I think mainstream music is for the most part awful. The best bands out there are harder to find. We’re struggling to breath life into a dying genre.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Greg: I have 2 bachelors degrees – one in business management and one in psychology.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Greg: A mix of grunge, classic rock, and progressive metal. We describe our sound as “Progressive Grunge”.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Greg: Don’t underestimate your importance to an artist. Fans help motivate artists to achieve new heights and give their very best. It’s hard to care if nobody is out there caring with you.
Static Tension is:
Rob Rom – Lead Vocals
Greg Blachman – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Brian Spurrier – Bass Guitar
Anthony Sager – Drums/Percussion