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!