Exclusive interview with Blvetongve

To my readers, please give a warm welcome to Blvetongve

Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest, first off, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, could you give our readers a brief description of the group? Where is the band from?

Bluetongue’s members are band co-founders vocalist James Brison and bassist Pierson Scott, lead guitar Nate Abner, rhythm guitar Alex Gersna,, and drummer Josh Aemmer. We’re all from the New Albany, Indiana area. Our first album was thrash crossover, but our second album is leaning more toward heavier metal.

2- Bluetongue is the band's first full album, how long did it take to write?

Some of the songs, such as Burning, were written by James and Pierson before we found the rest of the members. Once we formed the band, it took us about 6 months to put the album together. What Happened was written before we found Nate, but he came in and rewrote the whole song, adding a killer solo. We originally released He Has My Throat as a single, but with the addition of Nate, Alex, and Josh, we really deepened the song, adding higher tempos and layered vocals for the album.

3- What musical influence inspires the bands compositions?

Mitch Lucker and Corey Taylor are James’s biggest influences. Pierson is inspired by bands like The Misfits, Mayhem, and The Ramones. Those influences are really obvious on the self-titled album. Nate’s riffs are influenced by Cryptopsy and Intestine Baalism, while Alex leans more toward Death and Pantera. Josh takes his inspiration from Lincoln Park and the Offspring. It makes us a super-eclectic metal band with a fresh sound.

4- The group started in 2021 can you tells us how did you all meet?

Pierson and James first met on the app Bandmix in ’21. The immediate chemistry between two dudes coming from entirely different musical backgrounds and lifestyles made it easy for us to combine our ideas and talents into sick songs. We immediately began searching for a guitarist, but it took us four months to find Nate. It was worth the wait—Nate added intricacy to the tracks we were already working with. We went through several drummers before Pierson asked his childhood best friend, Josh, to join us. Josh was an excellent addition because he really knows how to work a crowd. We found Alex because we believed rhythm guitar would add that final layer we were looking for.

5- The new album title is Bluetongue can you give us details about the content and more in depth meaning to this title?

We self-titled the album to coalesce with the song Disease. Bluetongue is a viral disease that affects cattle, deer, sheep, and other animals. We feel like we’re kind of like that—a virus spreading its message to the masses. Disease is about mankind being the sickness that is bringing about the world’s downfall, mainly through its own selfishness. The rest of the album plays with that theme, although some of the songs, such as What Happened, get a bit more personal about it.  Don’t Paint the Ceiling was partially inspired Kurt Cobain, so it’s an anthem for people dealing with mental struggles.

6- Each member of this project is part of another band, how do you maintain a good balance working together?

Bluetongue is actually the only band any of us are involved in at this point. We have all had past projects, but we meshed so well that we’ve let them go to concentrate on this one.

7- Have you performed any shows in your area? if so, how receptive and supportive are the people to your music?

We’ve been playing regionally this summer and have gathered a super supportive and energetic fan base. We have fans who follow us from show to show just to hear us play Fruit Salad live. It’s awesome and a little bit hilarious. We covered that song just for fun and it’s become a fan favorite.

8- Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?

We have a few more local shows this summer and are working on booking shows in Indiana and Kentucky for the rest of this year.  As we expand our fan base, especially with the release of the second album in late 2022/early 2023, we hope to spread the virus across the Midwest.

9- Thanks for your participation, finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the band, in case someone wants to book or promote the band? 

Any final words?

Thanks for talking with us, man. We’re on Facebook @blvetongve and Instagram @blve_tvngve or you can email us at blutongue666@gmail.com.

Bandcamp at bluetongue666.bandcamp.com/releases


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