These are the ingredients of each Loveblind track. Loveblind began weaving this unique brand of music on the tapestry of East Los Angeles county’s local scene in January of 2016. One year later and the world was being introduced to the Hacienda Heights-based group via Reverb nation.
Their upcoming full-length release, The Process, is a journey into the psychology of grieving. Each track is a highlight of the steps we go through when we experience loss, from the darkness of denial to the hope of acceptance. Co-dependency, addiction, obsession, and indoctrination are sub-topics that wend their way through these pieces.
Loveblind took time from their busy schedule to talk with College Underground Radio:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We don't limit our music to any one genre. Elements of jazz, classic rock, extreme metal, grunge, hip hop, country, alternative rock and metal... It's all in there. Every influence each member has in music can be heard throughout reach track. Our bassist, John Lucero, is fond of saying, "Let's record it, see what happens." We like what's happening with that approach.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
We picked our name based on how it rolled off the tongue. We didn't really think about any implications behind it until after we'd chosen it. Our singer, John Torres, kind of threw it out there, and everyone went, "ok, let's go with that one."
The name, after really thinking about it, is the concept of love being blind and blinding at the same time: An existential crisis. That's how the name strikes us.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Our musical influences cover a wide range. Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, Hank III, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, Napalm Death, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys. That list could go on for a minute...
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We're working on releasing two albums at the same time. Each is themed. The album we began is "The Process," a trip into the psychology of the grieving process. The latest group of songs is going to be included in "Philosophers Stoned," an examination of different philosophies from different time periods around the world, as well as covering sociopolitical philosophies that drive our personal experiences.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
At this stage, our goal in the music industry is to make our collective voice heard. By as many of our fellow humans as possible. If we make a little money on that path, that's fine by us. We put our product, and we move on to the next phase.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
"So Long" has a ton of energy that seems to impact listeners at a pretty fundamental level. "Everyday" and a new song, "Nihilism", are tracks that really push everyone in good ways. Those would be the top three favorites to perform live.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Getting a steady lineup is our biggest challenge. Lucero and Torres are the two founders, and only consistent members. Lead guitarist Larry Arrieta, an old friend of Torres, stepped up and really took the music to new heights. We're looking for a drummer at the moment, so feel free to put that word out.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Typical songwriting process is Torres showing up and saying, "I wrote a new riff" and then recording it. Arrieta and Lucero push the song in a new direction that wasn't planned for, everyone argues for an hour, then we finalize the song over a few sessions. Should sound familiar to fellow musicians....
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media drives our music career, in truth. There's no escaping how important it's become to the working musician. The advent of MySpace and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc., let's face it. Those platforms are all important to advancing a musician's career, like it or not
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Self Deconstruction, a Japanese grind/crust act. "Virtue" is a superb track, full of nonstop, full-throttle aggression. Great band.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Torres was a probation officer (yes, really), and now does skip tracing. Lucero is still in IT. Arrieta is a small business owner/operator. Weird, huh?
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
You wanna succeed in music, push your boundaries. Don't let naysayers get in your head. Pay your dues on the local scene. Tip your bartender well. And don't let anyone tell you that it's required for you to sell your body to get ahead. That's a fucking lie.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Image requirements. They're bullshit. Tons of talented, innovative musicians are passed over because they don't have "The Look". Get the fuck out of here with that.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
An original, fresh sound is always welcome. Napalm Death, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down... Those artists tapped into their originality and pushed music boundaries. Soundgarden and Alice In Chains brought metal back in innovative ways. Without originality, music stagnates. Fortunately, there's always a genius out there that gives us a fresh perspective and takes music to new heights. And that's a damn good thing.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Loveblind is here for the long haul. We're going to keep writing music we love and see how far we can push our own boundaries. And, to the young people taking to the streets for change, keep it up. Be relentless. We love ya.
Websites or Social Media Pages:
@Loveblind_the_band (Twitter and Instagram)