Sometimes things take a while to perfect. No one knows that better than Sylmar rockers Blakvoid.
As a band, it took a few incarnations to find the right group. Once that happened and they started to jam and play local clubs, they decided to work on an album. That also took a while to compile, but after two years, it’s complete and it hit the streets on June 3.
If you think finishing the album means they’ll slow down, think again. They’re currently writing songs for the second album and they continue to play for local audiences, with their eyes on some out-of-state dates in the future, but you can catch them on June 28 at the Canyon Santa Clarita, when they open for Mr. Scary, himself, George Lynch and Lynch Mob.
Singer Johnny Blade is looking forward to playing a show with Lynch.
“He’s a great guitar player,” he said. “And Jimmy D’Anda is an awesome drummer. It’s going to be a really good show.”
Playing with Lynch is something to which Guitarist Ted Kerr is looking forward.
“He’s my guitar hero,” he said. “We’re gonna have a damn good time playing with one of our heroes. He was in Dokken and he was very bad ass. His guitar playing was amazing. He’s amazing.”
Bass player Rob Barba said he always looks forward to rocking out on stage.
“I’m always looking forward to playing live,” he said. “And meeting George Lynch.”
If you missed Blakvoid’s last show at the Canyon in April, and can’t make it to the upcoming show, you can download their album on CD Baby, Spotify and iTunes.
The self-titled album was a labor of love for the band.
“Perfection takes time,” Guitarist Tony McCabe said.
Kerr agreed, saying they wanted to “make it right.”
Making it right meant finding the right mix of style and personality, which for Blakvoid, meant going through five guitarists before they found the right ones. Now, the combination of Blade, Kerr, Barba, McCabe and Drummer Toby Swinehart seems to be the right one.
“The hard part was getting the group together,” Blade said. “We did one EP, but we could never do an album because we never had the right guys.”
But even with a solid group, making an album had its challenges, especially with certain songs.
“‘Father’ was challenging because we had all those different tempo issues,” Swinehart said. “We changed tempo in the middle of th song. We didn’t realize until we started recording, that it wasn’t quite right. We had to go back to the drawing board and rewrite it.”
McCabe said they changed a few things on “Suspect,” too.
But according to Barba, this album is a lot heavier than the EP they released a few years ago.
“The next album will be even heavier,” McCabe said. “We know what we’re doing a lot more now. It’s going to be a lot better than the first one.”
Practice and continuity are key when trying to perfect anything. This is especially true for musicians.
“We’re getting more dynamic as a band,” Kerr said. “We’re finding weird places to go as a band. We’re exploring tempo changes and melodic things. Where we’ve always wanted to go, we’re starting to go there.”
They will continue to explore different styles and push the boundaries with their next album, for which they are currently writing songs. As they work on that, they’ll keep playing shows, but plan to be more selective when choosing a venue.
Through their live performances, they hope to pique the interest of people in the music industry, who might be able to help them with the next album.
“While we’re playing shows, maybe someone will hear us and want to help us and get us into a space where we can spend more money,” Kerr said. “Because we did that whole album on our own change and our own time. We did it because we love to do it.”
They’re also looking toward the future and thinking about what they want as a group — it’s something they plan to focus on after the Santa Clarita show.
“We’re gonna try to do a little tour thing,” Kerr said. “We need to get out in the world ... We’ll probably play Vegas, from there to maybe, Arizona. We haven’t really even gotten to that yet. We’ll finish this show then we’ll think about the business of the band.”
Regardless of what the future holds, they are building a following.
“We want to thank all the people that come and support us,” Blade said. “The same people that come to our shows all the time ... and we welcome the new people that come our shows.”
Get the CD at the June 28 show for $10, or download it for $9.99. Singles are also available for download at .99 cents apiece.
Tickets for the show are $24 and available through any of the band members via Facebook.