Manic Bloom Blog
Posted by Andy on Mar 25, 2013 @ 9:38pm
Hey Bloomers, Just wanted to send a quick update to let you know, even though it has been several months since the initial Kick Starter video and your generous donations, we are still plugging away at the new album. David is laying down vocals as I write this and each day we get closer and closer to the GREATEST MANIC BLOOM ALBUM TO DATE!
We have been putting final touches on the writing, getting new equipment to make the songs sound even better, and enjoying some Easter candy to keep our energy hype!
We are starting to fulfill some of the rewards such as the personal training sessions (getting fit!), video games (getting owned), personal thank you calls (getting appreciated), Manic Bloom Voicemail (getting reminded), signing keyboard keys (getting noted), Skype drum lesson (getting learned), Chess Board from the video (Getting props), and Hand Written lyrics (getting inked), and several more.
Please know, as some of you remember, some of the rewards can't be completed until the album songs, art work, photo session, website get finished on our part. And believe me when I say, we want them all completed as bad, if not more than you do right now! Some of these rewards include- T shirt design, posters, album and artwork, new songs/album, back stage passes (until we book more shows after album is complete).
All of this to say, thank you for your support and please know we are working as hard as we can to get this album done. We are very thankful for you and will be keeping you updated as more music is made. Bloom Responsibly!
PS. if you haven't yet, here is the MB app for iphone
Posted by Andy on Feb 03, 2013 @ 2:28pm
Bloomers...Happy Super Bowl Sunday! So, who is going to win...Manic Bloom is betting on Harbaugh!
Just a quick update...even though we are recording right now, we are still going to get our fill of chili, wings, pizza, guac, and some healthy celery for Andy...ha, ha (Psshhh...personal trainers)
Anyway, Matt is tearing it up...seriously guys, it is amazing how happy and exciting this new album is going to be! We can't....CANNOT...wait to get it in your hands. Stay tuned for more as we rock some more of the vocals and bass this week.
We love you all! And remember, Bloom responsibly!
Posted by Andy on Dec 07, 2012 @ 6:19pm
What up Bloomers! We're in the studio, and I wanted to just make you all aware....the new album WILL be worth the wait. It is always so fun when we put all the pieces together that we have each individually worked on so hard...We have been talking all day about how great it is to feel like a Rock Band again and not a "Chemical Web Electric Financial Trainer" (Our day jobs)
Brink has been rolling with the punches and completely slaying the drum parts...3rd song almost complete and shooting to get 5-6 done this weekend!
Matt is laying some good stuff down too...he looks so cute in his headphones...ha, ha.
Anyway, just giving you a little taste of our experience as we rock out today!
Posted by David on Nov 26, 2012 @ 4:07pm
Happy Very Late Thanksgiving! And that includes all of you, because I'm thankful for you and your support of us, no matter what part of the world you're in.
Today is known on the US interwebs as Cyber Monday, because most online stores give discounts, so we're following suit... All of our tshirts are on sale! While most other stores are halting their sales at midnight, we're going to let it roll into an old-fashioned Christmas Sale. (Can something on the internet be old fashioned?)
By now, all Americans have woken up from their turkey induced comas, and are back to work - but there's something different in the air.
We in MB have long discussed making a Christmas song or two, but we just haven't had the time yet - we're still focused on making the new record. So, while I'm hoping that we'll be able to release a rough mix of a song or two before the end of the year, it will not be a Bloomified version of "Little Drummer Boy." It will, however, feature our very own little drummer boy, Jeff Brinkley. Maybe next year, after the album is out and we can take a break from the dungeon (the basement - where we record just about everything), we'll add a little epic caroling music to our repertoire.
Hopefully more very, very soon!
Posted by Andy on Oct 09, 2012 @ 4:11pm
AndiRoo here! Things are moving right a long with the new album, "Slow and Steady wins the Race" is our motto right now. We are truly getting something written or recorded every day though, so it is good to see progress.
Last week we were lucky enough to fulfill one of our big Kickstarter house parties. We did the trek up to Northern Indiana (Wabash) and played an outdoor show that was incredible. We had an amazing show, Brad knocked it out of the park with lights and sound, and Hildee and I even were able to compete in the bouncy house obstacle course...I slaughtered him,.... but I also may have tackled him at the last slide for my own personal gain....ha, ha
We have to say a special thanks to the Guenins for opening up their house, yard, and gym for such an spectacular night. We hope to make Bloom Bash an annual thing!
Short and sweet for now, gotta get to CrossFit (awesome!), but know that we love you all and hope that you will continue to follow us through the new album and we can't wait to see you on the road soon.
Posted by David on Aug 10, 2012 @ 1:04pm
Bloomers! As most of you probably already know, our Kickstarter campaign was a huge success! Because of you, we are going to have something we've never had for our recordings: a budget!
We'll be getting in touch with all of those people to send the rewards that we're able to complete right now - but obviously the album is going to take a while to send out.
We've been in the dungeon recording a lot lately - I think Matt and Hildee are down there right now, actually - and I'm getting excited. These new songs are kind of all over the map, and because we're planning on making it a full length, we're able to get out of the box a bit more and experiment with things. Don't worry - you'll still recognize that Manic Bloom sound of Epic Melodic Rock. But perhaps you'll even hear some epic melodic hip hop? Maybe.... Matt screaming? If you're good.
I'm amazed at what has happened with MB since the beginning... When we gathered in a cramped living room and talked about what we wanted to create, we were honestly a little short sighted. Don't get me wrong - it seemed as if our heads were in the clouds at the time, but after 5 years writing/recording/performing together, the music I'm hearing coming from my speakers right now was really unimaginable to me then. We've pushed each other, laughed with each other, made each other mad, encouraged each other, bled with each other... I think you'll hear that on the new record.
We've also spent 5 years connecting with awesome people who have supported us, listened to us, encouraged us, pushed us, and also more people than I'd care to admit that literally just told us that we suck. Obviously I'm far more grateful for the Bloomers, but I'm also happy with the naysayers for two reasons... 1: It means we're not doing something boring if people go out of their way to tell us to stop. 2: It drives us even more.
At the beginning, I didn't know that we'd get to have such a connection with our fans. I feel like I know you, and you know me.
Man oh man oh man, I want to share some of the new music with you. But I want to wait... Hopefully the anticipation will make it sweeter. On top of that, there are still a lot of changes being made, so I don't want to make people wonder if we know what we're doing. Partially, we do. But - we're in the same boat as we were five years ago... Discovering more than creating. Chiseling away at a soundscape that starts as silence.
While writing this, I actually just started listening to songs I wrote in high school to compare this new stuff not just from the past five years, but even more. (I'll let you wonder just how much more that is!! :) One of the major reasons I'm able to see the distinct difference is because of my brothers in the Bloom. I almost have a hard time claiming my part in these new songs, because I feel like after the five of us start collaborating on something, it takes on a life of its own that is far greater than what we contribute individually.
I had a conversation with someone not long ago about the creative process, and he basically said that after he starts something, he doesn't know where to go with it, and never finishes it. Let me tell you: if you know exactly where you're going to end up, you're probably limiting yourself. If that's you - either you limit yourself, or you're just afraid of creating - JUST DO IT! Somewhere in between the best and worst that can happen is simply that you stand back (perhaps with other people), and realize that a piece of you has been fixed in what you've created. And most likely, you'll learn in the process and won't be able to stop. The world tries to get in the way and convince us we shouldn't do things, but the world is just afraid that we'll pass it up. I'm lucky to have a handful of people in my life that carry me along when I don't believe that myself.
This blog got a lot more introspective than I was planning... But what's your experience? Tell me about times that you either did or didn't do something like what I'm talking about...
You all rock, and we could literally not do any of this without you. THANK YOU!
Posted by Brink on Jul 21, 2012 @ 7:14pm
Hey bloomers, as I write this, I'm overwhelmed by your support for our Kickstarter campaign! We've broken over 10k today and that's so encouraging. We ABSOLUTELY couldn't do this without you all. We know y'all won't be disappointed in the album because all five of us are really digging it right now. If you haven't seen the second "Making Of" video on our page, be sure to scroll down a ways so you can see it! You might even see an interview with Death...
These last several months have truly been insane as we worked on the album and the Kickstarter at the same time. As things come to a close on the fundraising campaign, we couldn't be happier to see the support and encouraging words that you all have graciously shown us. Have you all seen that if you donate $50 or more, your name will be in the credits? Or that you can have a night out on the town with us? Sounds pretty sweet, huh?
Please continue spreading the word around about the project so we can hit our goal and continue to melt faces with our righteous jams! And don't forget to spread the bloom responsibly!
Can't wait to see all of you guys when we hit the road again.
Posted by Matt on Jun 26, 2012 @ 1:46pm
We are super excited to finally announce the BIG news we’ve been sitting on for months. As many of you know, we have been working feverishly on our new album. Well, we’ve also been working on the mother of all promo videos for it to be used in conjunction with our Kickstarter campaign we launched on Manic Monday LAST NIGHT!!!! http://kck.st/LY80Ny Go here to watch the video.
Many of us in the band felt equal parts of excitement and anxiety as we clicked the launch button ….but, alas, the mission is now officially underway. So, we need EVERYONE’s help on this because, to date, we’ve never done anything this ambitious. In fact, the album itself is the turning out to be equally, if not more, ambitious and easily the most progressive and daring music we’ve ever written. You can hear clips of the new songs playing in the background of the second video we released (located at the bottom of our Kickstarter page).
Regardless if you can’t make a pledge towards our campaign, we are asking that you pass this story around to as many people as you know…if anything, simply to show off the amazing cinematography and Oscar-esque acting we brought to the table. Matt worked his butt off to make this thing as mind-blowing and impressive as possible. So, on principle alone, we want the whole world to see the lengths we are willing to go to show that we are not only relevant in the world of artistry but that our creative endeavors are indeed worth your investment.
Press Release: http://www.manicbloom.com/3rd-record.php
Thanks again for all your support! We couldn’t do this without you.
Posted by David on Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:35pm
That's right folks! Two of our songs are going to be played during tonight's episode of Bad Girls Club! I just personally hope it's not during a scene that I'd be embarrassed for my grandmother to watch. Of course, my grandmother's favorite show is Two and a Half Men, so if she can deal with Charlie Sheen's shenanigans, she can probably handle hair pulling and the crying that ensues... She's a pretty cool 92 year old. Not to say that watching cat fights makes someone cool. But I digress.
Almost a year ago, we were featured on Channel One News, and now we're up for their Artist of the Year contest! There's a link right below this - it would super sweet if you could click it and vote for us! And then vote again in the coming rounds... I think there's quite a few of you out there that found out about us through Channel One, so you probably already know about it.
We ended up pulling in second place in the Music 2 Rise contest that Andy mentioned last time around - right behind some friends of ours in Nashville - Darling Parade. Thanks for supporting us in that!!
It's been a while since I've written an update - and a lot has happened since... We're still working on a new record, and I think we've got some really cool stuff churning around - hopefully we'll give you a decent taste soon. We've thrown around the idea of letting you hear a few clips in May. It's absolutely crazy that next month is May... Where does time go? We'd better hurry up on this record or the Mayans will take it from us...
As most of you know, I'm a nerd... I've been working on a website over the past 10 months or so that will basically reward everyone out there that spreads our music by giving them free downloads of some of our music - beyond the free stuff we give you for being part of the mailing list. It's not quite finished yet, but it's soooooo close. For those of you that are artists yourselves, it'll be something that will hopefully help you as well - after I get all the bugs out.
Also - last week I added a soundcloud player to our website so you can listen and comment on certain parts of our songs while you're browsing us online. Tell me what you think!
You're all AWESOME!
Posted by Andy on Mar 08, 2012 @ 9:41am
Hey Bloomers! Just wanted to give you a few quick updates.
1. Today we are featured on Music 2 Rise. Please go to the link here and watch and spread to your facebook and friends....please, please....please! There will be a contest starting March 29th to get us to win.
2. We have been working on a surprise video, as some of you already know from Manic Monday TV...but it is going to be awesome and scary and funny and a mind warp,...so get crunk for that!
3. I have gotten several comments and question on how the dreadies are coming and...I have to say, they are coming along nicely...sure, they take time right now to maintain, but in the end....oh, the locks will be what rocks! Check out my facebook page for an awesome pic from one of our fans at the last show.
We are working really hard in the studio and doing this video right now, so the shows have slowed down a little, but if you are in the Nashville area, we are playing 12th and Porter's St. Patrick's Day big show on March 17th and we are up for some nominations for Nashvilles rock award show - The Music City Mayhem awards. Come see us do a set on March 24th at the Rutledge and hopefully get to do some acceptance speeches as well.
Until next time peeps....spread the Bloom responsibly!
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