Profile: California’s Grey Metal Trio Bloodmoon

Bloodmoon

Bloodmoon aren’t trying to coin a new genre — Grey Metal — it’s just that their brand of doom metal is more than meets the eye on their recently released full length Supervoid Trinity and Grey Metal fits perfectly. Over the course of 46 minutes, the three tracks contained cover anguished doom, avantgarde and jazz-like song structures and atmospheric reflection. The band has been around since 2010 and have a handful of releases under their belts but Supervoid Trinity is the most accomplished and best sounding album they’ve done to date. Through a random email and a love for what the band is doing we had the opportunity to ask them our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and show them some support from the links contained within.

Bloodmoon - Supervoid Trinity

How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?

Peter Tomis (guitar, vocals): I faced a lot of adversity as a child and because of this discovered this space within myself that was infinite and completely separate from the reality I knew, but I lacked a significant vehicle by which I could explore this space as much as I possibly could so around 7 years old I started asking for a guitar and was instead given a violin. I did that for 3 years until there was nothing more I could learn from the modest public school music program and at this point had proven to my parents this wasn’t a passing thing so they gave me my first electric guitar at 10. We couldn’t afford lessons so I was given a chord book. I had a computer and access to high speed internet so I soon learned about tablature and would spend all my free time learning Black Sabbath and Metallica riffs. I consider the fact that we have been a band for 8 years and constantly pushed ourselves harder and further an absolute success. We have cultivated a loyal fanbase which continues to grow that understands our approach and vehemently supports it. This is more than I could have ever hoped for.

Jason Goldie (drums, vocals): I first got into playing music after my sister passed away in a car accident when I was 15. I needed something to pour myself into and turn a negative into a positive. The only success I desired was to become better at my instrument and to make positive progress always and never be complacent where I was musically.

Patrick Mullholland (bass): I found Napster, discovered Sunny Day Real Estate, heard their song “Pillars” and that bassline wouldn’t leave my head. Bought my first bass and practice amp at 13. As far as success, once I played my first show, level of success was achieved.

What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)

PT: There was a period where for exposure and due to inexperience we were playing any and every show we could possibly get on without being assertive about compensation. I was under the impression that we were “paying our dues” which I guess still remains and was good for us as a band, but we have been doing this for about 8 years now so I definitely have no qualms about declining shows if we can’t be assured we are going to at least break even, whereas before a younger me would have deemed present me a poser sell-out. Dear younger me: You’ve got a lot learn bud!

JG: I can recall many times driving home late at night after playing a show and not getting paid, missing out on work, not seeing my kids, but it’s all worth it because I get to hang with my dawgs. Playing music to me is like church, it’s transcendence from the shit we are sometimes immersed in.

PM: I used to book a lot in my local area. One of my first, bigger shows I booked was Black Cobra and Intronaut with Bloodmoon opening, naturally. I thought FOR SURE it would be a super solid turn out because those bands frikin rip! So, when they told me their guarantees I thought no problem let’s ride! We had maybe 20 people show up and I owed a lot of money because our area was seriously lacking a scene for heavy music at the time but it was totally worth it because those bands together on the same small, shitty stage was rad and we got to play.

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?

PT: It’s great that many more people have opened up their minds and ears to metal and its various forms, even furthermore that metalheads themselves have opened their minds more to experimentation beyond the framework established decades ago. Worst is probably all of the formulaic cookie-cutter garbage oversaturating every corner of the genre. I will leave it at that as I could go on for hours about it and it really doesn’t even matter.

JG: Some of the cool things I see happening in metal right now are bands like Sleep are touring again and possibly making music and it seems a lot of people still haven’t lost interest in them. With recording becoming easier and easier to do from home there are a lot of people releasing really cool music. Some of the worst things happening I think are how some bands are riding this “doomtrain” all the way.

PM: It’s all whatever.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

PT: I’d just like to see people really think for themselves instead of taking things other people say at face value without doing any research they can confirm or deny things with. I believe this is one of, if not the, biggest issues impeding the progress that must happen to make the changes that are necessary in the world because we have people taking stances on things based on half-truths, misinformation and shallow thought processes heavily influenced more by emotion than anything else. I am not discrediting emotions value and place in affecting change, but it only does so in a positive manner if there is some logic mixed in as well.

JG: For me everything comes from a place internally. Usually from a place of self loathing and not wanting to be myself . So through music I can change that voice and build confidence. Usually very little worldly issues get into my head, rather it’s my own self hate I’m trying to work through.

PM: I’ve never approached music with a message or mission. I have a passion for playing and watching live music because it creates an instant community and lets the audience and band forget about daily life bullshit; even if it’s just for a couple hours.

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

PT: My Uncle Jon was obsessed with record collecting so I was lucky enough to be around really good music from day one. He is an amazing drummer so I have always had a lot of respect for his music taste which primarily consists of Rock, Prog, Jazz and Metal. Later on around 8 years old I had these 3 brothers from Argentina – Rodrigo, Martin and Chris as babysitters that were all way into punk and heavy metal. They would throw stuff on when they were watching my brothers and I and we would have mosh pits in the living room jumping off of counters, couches and tables just going absolutely nuts. I am sure the people that lived in the apartment beneath us loved that. My parents were cool with it as they were into rock, punk and metal. Years later however my foster parents would throw my entire collection into a bonfire because it conflicted with their religious beliefs.

JG: My parents didn’t take it too well. Growing up in a Christian household my Dad would take all my cd’s and throw them away.

PM: Napster. 14. Parents were scared.

What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

PT: Be yourself and if you don’t have an all-consuming passion for this music and everything it involves just do everyone including yourself a favor and don’t do it.

JG: Just be honest and say how you truly feel.

PM: What Jason said.

What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.

PT: The overall goal is to never break up or alter this lineup and release as much music as we possibly can between now and our inevitable graves. We have grown so much together as musicians and individuals over the last 8 years and it just keeps getting better and better. Considering the fact that we can improv jam indefinitely, we still have countless bases to cover and plenty more music to offer.

JG: World domination would be cool, invading would be even better. But for now I’m busy starting a cult. Mainly I just want to continue making music with Peter and Pat and see where this path leads.

PM: I’m in the process of starting a really cool DIY pyramid scheme where I tell other bands I’m gonna make them successful for a monthly fee and the more bands they send me the more promotion they get and then one day they’ll be broke and regret everything. Should work out really well.

When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)

PT: We put out a split with Trapped Within Burning Machinery last year and I listen to their track “Abysswalker” from it at least once a week. A couple of my favorites from last year would be Necrot’s Blood Offerings,  Primitive Man’s Caustic, Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper and Hell’s S/T release. As far as non-metal I am currently highly addicted to Ghostemane and $uicide Boys. Both artists’ entire discographies are flawless to me.

JG: A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead has been one of my top albums. Also to second what Peter said, Ghostmane is always a good listen. Any Elliott Smith is good in my book.

PM: I’ve been obsessed with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard recently. They are on a whole other level than most. Five full length albums in one year and they even make their own guitars. Trapped Within Burning Machinery is always a good staple. And Russian Circles will forever be in my rotation.

What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?

PT: Once we have all the merch for our latest release, Supervoid Trinity, in hand we will do some sort of tour on it, all of this with the goal of raising as much funds as we possibly can to make our next release as best as it possibly can be which is the exact method we have done this from the start.

JG: Getting merch done and a short tour would be fun. I really just want to get back to Earhammer Studios and record another album.

PM: Looking forward to recording the next album and touring.

Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)

PT: Great

JG: Budz

PM: Fershure

Many thanks to Bloodmoon for their time!


Supervoid Trinity is available now on Bandcamp. For more information on Bloodmoon visit their Facebook page.

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