By Nicholas Jason Lopez
An ever-present topic in today’s world, Indianapolis-based hip-hop trio 81355 (pronounced “Bless”) won’t shy away from the Black struggle in a pandemic-ridden, democracy-faltering landscape, which fans can expect to hear on their forthcoming debut LP.
Already highlighted by singles “Capstone” and “Thumbs Up,” the LP – entitled ‘This Time I’ll Be Of Use’ – will drop on May 28, 2021 via 37d03d.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with members Sirius Blvck, Oreo Jones and David Adamson about the LP and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Indianapolis to someone who has never been there before?
Oreo Jones – Indianapolis is the best city to visit when you are truly looking to explore the unbeaten path. What makes this city beautiful is the people who are creating behind the curtains. There are over half a million humble people that live here with their own completely different story. I think it doesn’t matter what city you live in. Sometimes, you wake up and feel like it’s a miserable scene out of a movie that you want to shut off, and then sometimes, you wake up and it’s paradise on Earth. It’s all how you make it, but there are a lot of people doing amazing things in Indianapolis. Low key.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Moose – We developed our own style over the years and it feels special hearing it back.
Sirius Blvck – We draw from so many different sounds and influences and it pushes us to think outside of the box when it came to writing the album.
Music Bugle – What inspired the group name?
Moose – Feeling grateful for life.
Music Bugle – What was it like making your debut LP ‘This Time I’ll Be Of Use’?
Oreo Jones – It was very organic, intuitive and effortless when we came together.
Moose – The three of us have been collabing together for years and it felt really special locking in as one unit in the studio.
Music Bugle – Given that your music covers the landscape of the current political climate, how far do you feel the #BlackLivesMatter movement has gone in making change?
Oreo Jones – The credo of what the movement stands for is not in question. The Black Lives Matter global network took in over $90 million this past year. Mike Brown Sr. and other family members that fall victim to police violence are still looking for help to this day.
Sirius Blvck – Until the grassroots BLM organizations on the frontlines, or any family members of folks who have lost loved ones to police violence are taken care of and the network helps foster communities and change, our community is going to be skeptical, not of the movement as a whole, but at the foundation fueled by capitalistic intentions.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Moose – We were all stuck at home a lot, missing live shows like crazy, but the silver lining is that we were able to focus on making a record together.
Music Bugle – What made you want to put out “Capstone” as the first single?
Sirius Blvck – We feel that it is a strong cohesive representation of the group and the record, with the video included we felt like it was a great first look into our world.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Sirius Blvck – In our case, it helps, we are able to connect with fans across the world and it’s helped us grow our movements and adapt to the future. We’ve used the internet as a tool to help book tours, collab and meet with musicians, etc.. We love cruisin’ the internet superhighway.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need an escape?
Oreo Jones – I like to read books and write.
Sirius Blvck – I like to go into the studio and look at the trees.
Moose – I like to go to the park.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Moose – We’ve been listening to Sports Coach, Del Roy Edwards, Vegyn, Oneohtrix Point Never, Night Tapes, Orchid Mantis, Freddie Gibbs, Thundercat, Teenage Wrist, Whetherday, Sen Morimoto, Yves Tumor and 645AR.
*Photo Credit – Anna Powell Denton*