I got a chance to talk with A Clear Blurr, an up-and-coming band from Edison, NJ, this week and the members answered some questions for us. They’re good kids in a good band, and they’re still in high school, so watch out!
Can you give us a brief introduction to the band members and how you formed the band?
We are a pop/punk and rock band out of Edison, NJ. There are 4 members in the band. Tom Kenney is the lead vocalist and guitarist. He is 16 years old and a junior at Edison High School in Edison, NJ. Kevin Nicotera is a vocalist and guitarist in the band. He is 16 years old and a junior at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, NJ. Karl Pearson is the bass player in the band. He is 17 years old and a junior at Edison High School. Cole MacDonnell is the drummer. He is 17 years old and a junior at Edison High School.
The band was originally formed about 2-3 years ago. The original members were Tom, Karl and Cole. We all knew each other from school and were good friends and still are. Some of us went to elementary school and middle school together. We broke apart and then started back up again back in the spring of 2007. And we have been going strong ever since.
You have released a debut EP “In The Bedroom.” When was that released and how long did it take to put together?
Our debut EP “In the Bedroom” took us a couple of months to put together. Tom had been writing songs that we had been performing at local shows and we decided to take the next step and go to the studio to see how we would do. We had a lot of people asking us for a cd so we decided to make one. We went to Portrait Recording Studios in Lincoln Park NJ. We worked with Chris Badami – Owner/Chief Engineer/Producer/Mixer and Tom Suhey – Producer/Engineer on the EP. We were in the studio for about 40 hours and we released it in the summer of 2007.
Any current plans on another album release or upcoming tours?
We are actually planning on heading back to Portrait Recording Studios in April to finish our cd. We have had such a good response to our EP and people have been asking when we will be coming out will a full length cd. We hope to release it early summer of 2008.
Right now we don’t have an out of state tour planned. We do play all over the NJ/NY/PA area. We were thinking that we may just expand that area this summer but things can change.
You’re using a lot of online services (Myspace, PureVolume, SonicBids, MyYearBook, NumberOneMusic, Snocap, etc.) Are you making any connections with these sites that you wouldn’t have if you used Myspace alone? And would you recommend them to other bands that are starting out?
We actually have an overwhelming response on all the websites we are signed up to. Myspace has to be our most viewed followed by MyYearBook.
All of the sites we are on give us exposure. That is really important. We really just want people to hear our music and to give us a chance. We just figured the more you see us the higher the chance we have of you clicking on us and listening. So our advice is put yourself every where and any where. The more people who see/hear you the higher the chance you will get discovered!
I read that you are all outstanding high school students… do you currently have plans for college, a career in music, or something else?
Right now our plan is this, we all decided that becoming the next big thing in music can be really hard. So we are going to put ourselves out there and give it 200% until the end of high school. That is another 1 1/2 years. Hopefully someone will see us and want to help us grasp our dream of becoming the next Blink 182 or Green Day. If not we all plan on still doing the music thing but attending college and planning another path for our future as well.
To be honest, we all know that eventually even if we do get discovered we have to have the education and tools to help better ourselves 2 years from now and 25 years from now. So no matter what we will be attending college. And that is why we all take school so seriously.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?
Well in the past several weeks a lot has happened for us.
We were recently featured on G Rock radio 106.3/106.5 in the NJ area on their specialty show G Rock Rising. You can check out our interview and two acoustic songs we did by going to www.grockradio.com and clicking on G Rock Rising. We had such a good response from that webcast that they played our song “Make You Happy” which is on our EP, on the radio twice.
We just recently found out that the store Hot Topic will be carrying our finished CD in all of its stores this summer.
Direct TV approaches us and asked us if they could use our music in TV commercials for their show “The 101”.
And we were just asked to be on the TV show Fearless Music. It is on every Saturday night at 12:30 am on Fox 5 NY.
But even with all of that going on all of us think our biggest accomplishment is that we all manage to keep it together in school and in life outside of the band.
Any “final thoughts” you’d like to share with the world?
Well, no matter what you’re doing, music or anything else you can’t let other people talk you out of doing what you believe in. A lot of people doubted us and said we would never go anywhere. That there were thousands of kids just like us who wanted the same things. That may be true but it is not going to stop us from trying to reach our goals. So just don’t listen to what other people are saying if you think that you can make it in what ever it may be keep trying and it will happen for you.
And even if we are not the next Blink 182 or Green Day we had the best experience in the world and it has taught us a lot about life in general.
Thanks for asking us to be a part of insidepunk.com,