By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Still fresh off the momentum from their 2018 album ‘Chrysalis,’ which spawned the singles “What You’ve Become” and “Hurricane,” French alternative rock group Blowing Silence Down look to follow up and work on new music as soon as quarantine concludes in France. Before the lockdown, the band had played shows around France, England and Germany.
Influenced by acts like Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars, Pearl Jam and System Of A Down, the quartet of Blowing Silence Down are Vocalist Thibaut Saint-Yves, Guitarist Clément Déhays, Bassist Jean-Philippe Boireau and Drummer Clément Prudhomme.
The Music Bugle recently had the chance to talk to Saint-Yves about their music and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe the “scene” in France for your genre of music?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – We can see a lot of places closing and not a lot opening for rock acts often considered too noisy and our genre is not well represented in France. We are either not heavy enough or too heavy. Sometimes, it gets tricky to play somewhere, or sometimes, we get to play in some places we know we don’t belong to! (Laughs)
Music Bugle – Has the COVID-19 outbreak affected the band in any way?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – As you may know, we are on quarantine in France, so we cancelled a tour and a few shows.
Music Bugle – Looking back on it, how do you feel about your album ‘Chrysalis’ and would you change anything about it if given the chance?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – Our album was a fantastic journey and we were blessed to work on it. I don’t think any of us would change anything on it. We are excited to work on new materials as soon as the quarantine ends.
Music Bugle – Which of your music videos was your favorite to shoot?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – Both our music videos were made with talented directors. They have different vibes and different meanings.
Music Bugle – What are your future plans, as far as the rest of 2020 goes?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – We are hoping to go back on tour as soon as possible and maybe we will have the time to record new tracks for the next album.
Music Bugle – What has been your proudest moment as a musician?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – To be able to connect with fans during our first European tour. It was amazing to share our passion with fans from various countries that we never played in before!
Music Bugle – What’s something you feel people should know about the band?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – We love music, not just metal or rock or whatever. We listen to a lot of genres and I think you really can feel it in our songs. Each song is different and I do believe there is one for you in there!
Music Bugle – What was your most memorable moment while onstage/at a show?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – In Germany, we were playing “This Is How It Ends” live on stage and I do believe it was like the first or the second time we were playing that song. People went nuts and started a circle pit. That was awesome to watch and pretty cool!
Music Bugle – Which of your musical influences do you feel show the most through your songs?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – I do feel there is a heavy Linkin Park influence, as Chester Bennington is my favorite singer and as I have been part of the LPU for a couple of years, but also artists like Nirvana, Chris Cornell, Muse… as we all grew up in the 90’s-00’s., I think we were pretty much influenced by those artists.
Music Bugle – What is the most frustrating aspect of today’s music industry and can it be fixed?
Thibaut Saint-Yves – I feel it’s hard to catch people’s attention. Like, your music gets streamed, but they don’t like your Facebook page or subscribe to your YouTube channel. That’s just the way people consume music now I think, but you know, just a comment, a like, a share, always helps and puts a smile on our faces!