Bone Dry System have established themselves as one of Boston’s must hear/see bands. Drawing inspiration from various musical styles, Bone Dry System has never fit neatly into one particular musical category. Combining pure power with a blend of both aggressive & subtle melody are key factors within the foundation of Bone Dry System’s songwriting. With the release of their new EP Bardo (featuring the single “Take Her Home”) combined with an aggressive touring schedule, Bone Dry System has their work cut out for them for 2009. The band has matured but the members have managed to stay true to themselves. They’ve never tried to follow trends or sound like anyone else besides Bone Dry System…listen for yourself.
Today I would like thank The Rocking band “Bone Dry System” for taking some time out to do this for us their Fans …
Welcome guys and before we start I just wanted to say You really do RAWK!!!! Wicked tunz’s guys !
Shaz: What’s the name of your band and what’s the origin of that name?
Bone Dry System. The name came from our singer Kris, who at the time was suffering from a case of ‘writer’s block’, so he decided to write a song about being devoid of ideas, hence…a Bone Dry System.
Shaz: Could you please list the name, and respective instrument of each band member.
BDS: Charlie Hill – Guitar, Dave Leitch – Bass, Jason Nute – Drums, Kristian Pedersen – Vocals/Guitar.
Shaz: What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who are your major influences?
BDS: We’re a straight up rock band w/ varying influences. AC/DC, The Police, Jeff Buckley, Soundgarden have all had an influence…but, we feel it’s important to emulate rather than imitate.
Shaz: How did you guys meet and what was it that inspired you to become the Band you are today….
BDS: It was as simple as getting together to the first time & realizing how comfortable & easy it was to create music we were all really proud of. The bonus is that we’ve been together for a while now & have only become better & more confident in what we do as a band.
Shaz: Are you a member of any music organizations?
BDS: We support the local scene here in Boston, MA as much as we can, but it’s a tough city to thrive in. In the past year we’ve been very succesful in putting together shows that can showcase local talent, hopefully that will continue.
Shaz: What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
BDS: Bone Dry System currently uses G&L & Hamer Guitars, DW Drums & Zildijan Cymbals. However…we would never turn down the opportunity to ‘test drive’ new gear.
Shaz: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
BDS: We’ve performed throughout New England & the Northeast…played both good & not-so-good venues. In Boston, Church (the club) is a great venue, however clubs in Boston have been slowly fading away. The scene here in Boston is not nearly as strong & supportive as it was a few years ago. More bands, but a fraction of the venues to play. Check our website for upcoming gig info!
Shaz: Who is it that sits down and writes your songs? Or is this a joint effort….
BDS: Absolutely a joint effort. Kris will present most of the rough ideas (& all lyrics) & we then collectively will work through the tunes until we feel they can stand on their own. Everyone adds their ideas (good & bad) & we feel this is what makes our songs thrive.
Shaz: Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
BDS: As I explained, it’s an absolute collaboration. Our songs would not have the style & sound if not for everyone’s input.
Shaz: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
BDS: We’ve all grown as musicians, both independently & collectively which has added to our songwriting. We’ve discovered as we’ve developed to not try write ‘hits’ but to just write music that we can be proud of as a band. If you can’t stand 100% behind what you play, then you cannot expect anyone who listens to your music to get behind it…figuratively speaking.
Shaz: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
BDS: As with any band, trying to get your music noticed without killing yourself physically, mentally or financially. Fortunately, bands can be entirely self sufficiant if you can understand how to market yourself. With the advent of MySpace, Facebook etc…bands have a much easier time of getting their music heard.
Shaz: What are your touring and recording plans?
BDS: We plan to gig out as much as we can, & we have a handful of new songs we plan to record this summer. Aside from our new EP ‘Bardo’, expect us to release new material later this year that will be web-based only which will lead to a full length release early next year.
Shaz: What are your thoughts on rock and roll, and how would you define it?
BDS: Rock & Roll is what you make of it. There are too many labels placed on music nowadays…it’s all music regardless of what trendy catchphrase you add to it. As long as it is true to itself & has nothing but honesty & conviction behind it (regardless the genre)…that’s what separates the best from rest.
Shaz:What is life like as a musician in the age of the Internet?
BDS: Fantastic…it could not be easier to get the exposure that a few years ago would never be possible (hence, this interview). Of course, every other band in the world now has the same luxury…so you now have to have a bit more savvy as how to get a jump on the competition.
Shaz: Whom and what inspires you guys, musically and otherwise?
BDS: Any music that is true to itself. We don’t care if something sounds like this or that…if there is true meaning behind it, that’s cool with us.
Shaz: Which of your songs are you most proud of and why?
BDS: I think we’re most proud of the songs that just came together. One of those night at practice where someone plays a riff or hums a melody & POW…it just clicks. Those moments are priceless. Our song Take Her Home was like that for us, it just worked from the moment we first started to put it together.
Shaz: and last of all guys….What is the most way out thing that has ever happened to yous while playing a gig or on the road…….
BDS: I wish I could make up some fantastic road story about us, but alas…we have none. We’re a band of simple means, we share a fondness of Mexican Food & Tequila…which may explain why we can’t recall any outrageous road stories.
Shaz: Is there anything else you would like to add that we your fans would be keen to know about …
BDS: We play live with no gimmicks & our hearts on our proverbial sleeves, if you come out & support us, we won’t let you down. Plus if you come check us out, we promise to let you buy us a beer or 3.
Thank you guy’s this has been so awesome …..
You Rock My World ……
Have an Unreal week guys and rock for us all……
hugs Shaz (on Behalf of The Rock and Roll Report team)
On behalf of the band and The Rock and Roll Report download and enjoy Bone Dry System’s excellent track Take Her Home.
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