Neal Middleton, the front man of Royal Bliss, spoke with Uinterview their new album, The Voice and his long unlucky streak. "We were just really open and together on this one," Middleton said of the band's new album. "We did it at home, we were relaxed. We got to go sleep in our beds at night. We got to go home and get a little nookie every once in a while to ease the stress."
The band funded their album through Kickstarter. "It was coming in the final week and we were still way behind. We started getting nervous, but the fans came through at the end," Middleton said.
Middleton thinks that the band's hometown of Salt Lake City is underrated as a rock destination. "There's a lot of really good rock & roll out here," Middleton said. "We're not Mormon! We definitely party."
Middleton also spoke about his time on NBC's The Voice. Middleton labeled it a "strange" experience. "It was a fun experience, I met a lot of amazing musicians, but I don't think I'd ever do anything like that again," he said.
Royal Bliss's new album Chasing the Sun is now available.
- Q How has the band's sound evolved with the new album? - Uinterview
- A It was a record that we went into without labels or management or anybody really telling us what to do. It's the first record we did with Dwayne, our bass player, and Jake wrote the song "It Haunts Me." It was the first time him really bringing a song to the table. We were just really open and together on this one. Where there wasn't any outside influence. Where we were just writing our songs and everybody was really into this record because everybody had the most say that they've ever had on an album. We've always been through a lot and every year that goes by, the band evolves even more and I think in return our music evolves so all the experiences we go through and the hardships, the struggle of doing music in today's music industry world. It's tough. This record we did it at home, we were relaxed. We got to go sleep in our beds at night. We got to go home and get a little nookie every once in a while to ease the stress. I think it's the most mature record we've ever done and without influence from labels and other people that are looking or wanting us to sound a certain way. This record, we were able to be ourselves and sound like we want.
- Q What was it like to fund this album through Kickstarter? - Uinterview
- A It was cool. We were really nervous to do it. We were hesitant to actually reach out to the fans like that. We were nervous that - what if it doesn't happen? What if we don't fulfill our goal? We were just like, oh man. It was coming in the final week, and we were still way behind. We started getting nervous, but the fans came through at the end. It was just one of those things that really justified what we've been doing for the past 16 years. The fans are still there and they want to hear more from us and we're doing the right thing. Plus, involving them, the fans got to pick out the album cover. So, the fans got to be really involved. We ask questions. We built a little secret group on Facebook that we could all be a part of and they can be a part of and a secret part of our website that they can be a part of to be able to download the record and get bonus tracks. So it's been really cool where we give them the album, and almost they've invested in the record, so they're excited about it and they want to see it succeed. It's cool to make them even more of a part of it than they already were.
- Q What's your favorite track on the new album? - Uinterview
- A "Drink my Stupid Away," is my favorite one. I don't know. It's a really deep song actually. When you look at the title it sounds like it's just another drinking song. But when you listen to it you're like - whoa! - it's heavy. Here I am a married man with two kids and being out on the road is tough. I wish I could tear myself in half and leave half of me here with my family and the other half out there playing shows for the fans. It's two things that I love, and that I love being a part of and it's hard to deal with it. So, sometimes I just drink my stupid away and drink all my worries and everything I've been stressed out about and just kind of lose my mind. So I just focus on being where I'm at at that moment. That one, it just kind of came together real well. I wrote that one with Joel Pack here in Salt Lake City, and I don't know it's one of those songs that I listen to and it hits me where every once in a while. On tour it'll be hard not to choke up singing that one.
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