Mark Alexander: First lets have all
the guys introduce themselves.
Robert Sweet: Hello Mark, Im Robert Sweet and
I play drums .
David Pearson: David Pearson, lead vocals and a
little guitar playing.
Trevor Barr: Hey Mark, Im Trevor Barr guitar
Jeff Miller: My name is Jeff Miller and I play bass
and sing vocals as well.
mpo: How did you guys actually come together?
David Pearson: It was a nice smooth natural
progression. It started out as 'let's work together on these couple songs', which turned
into few songs which grew into a full recording then naturally into 'lets do this'.
Robert Sweet: And God said 'let there be Blissed'.
Mark Alexander: All right then, this is the first
time that Robert Sweet has been included in a band as a true member, why Blissed, why
Robert Sweet: Yes, you are right. Ive been
involved with many projects and reasons for this being the one are because
number one, I really enjoyed the songwriting process and that we all meshed musically very
easy and I have to admit that I love these guys, they are very easy to get along with and
believe it or not that is a hard thing to find.
David Pearson: For me a band has always needed to be
a friendship thing too, it works well when you have creative differences to care about the
other person too.
mpo: The band has recorded a debut CD which will be
out soon. What is to be expected both musically as lyrically?
Robert Sweet: This music is something we are very
happy with, I love these songs. It is two parts feeling, one part heaviness, shaken not
David Pearson: It is quite edgy and aggressive at
times, in a way that some people have been surprised by but we have not sacrificed
attention to melody for the heaviness. Besides there are also great catchy rock songs and
even some cool vibey laid back songs.
Jeff Miller: It is a great mix, a full picture of
who Blissed is.
David Pearson: A couple of the songs, Im sure
will cause a little controversy, but the lyrics that I wrote are real to me, I was being
honest. And so we didnt water down a song like I Hate You or Shut Up.
Mark Alexander: OK, lets touch on that now.
Robert Sweet: First the song I Hate You, I know that
song sounds real negative but it isnt. It is not about us hating anyone, we
dont hate anyone, and we dont live our lives hating people, just the opposite.
The song is about the author of all that is evil, it is kind of a To Hell With The Devil
Mark Alexander: Ah, I see.
David Pearson: I was watching the news and seeing
all the terrible crimes and injustices and in my frustration placed the blame correctly
where it belongs.
Mark Alexander: And the song Shut Up?
Jeff Miller: When Dave first showed me those lyrics
I laughed, it is so simple and straight forward. Basically Shut Up is, if youre not
living right or if you're not living real then you dont have a right to open up your
mouth. Its a practice what you preach song. And its got an edge musically that
is heavy and thick and its nasty in a way that is just right.
Trevor Barr: We played those songs for the first
time at a concert in Anaheim in the summer and it was powerful, it was an eye opener.
mpo: Indeed, a bunch of songs were launched to the
audience at the Extreme Mardis Gras festival. How was that live experience and what kinda
feedback do you get from the audience?
David Pearson: That was a very challenging evening
due to some scheduling problems at the event but we were determined to go on.
Trevor Barr: And we did, at about 1:30 AM! We woke
each other up and went up and blasted out a bunch of heavy songs.
David Pearson: Yeah, as for reaction. Well there
were a lot of people just wide eyed with there mouths hanging open, because we did the
heavy stuff and it was the first time people saw Robert in that situation and a little
because everybody's sets were being cut down and I never had a chance to really say
anything to set up a song so we would just hit them with a
song like I Hate You or Shut Up and without any lead in it was funny because it was so
abrasive and the people had no idea what was coming next. It was very funny.
Robert Sweet: We heard back from so many people who
traveled from all over to see the band play and they loved it; They were the reason that
we were so determined to play no matter what.
Mark Alexander: How do you feel about some people
comparing this very edgy music to the very pop based songs of Stryper?
Robert Sweet: I dont mind really, in a way
its a compliment if some people draw comparisons. After all Stryper sold millions of
records and is great part of my past, but I would have to say that Blissed sounds very
little like Stryper.
Jeff Miller: I would say that Stryper was who they
were and they were fantastic, but they havent been making music for over ten years
and Blissed is today, Blissed is current.
mpo: Stryper's been known for a strong visual
presence on stage with stage props and clothing. What does Blissed do to entertain the
Robert Sweet: Well everyone will have to come out
and see just what we do. They won't be disappointed.
David Pearson: When ever we start to tour the
release, it will be visual.
mpo: I'm not sure how far away the members of
Blissed live from each other, but what are the possibilities to tour? Will you do a
national tour or only occasional shows at festivals?
Jeff Miller: The distance can be a challenge, but
not a problem though.
David Pearson: We will tour, we want to get out
there, everywhere! Right now we are going out and doing a few dates, it is not a tour yet
but we want to play so we set up a few dates in California and Texas.
Robert Sweet: You can find all the details at our
web site www.blissed.biz.
Mark Alexander: What do you see the next year
holding for Blissed?
Robert Sweet: Well I dont know the future, but
of coarse I hope and pray its something big, it better be.
David Pearson: I am believing for big things, I
think Blissed will be leaving smiles on a lot of faces.
Mark Alexander: Any last words as we wrap it up?
Robert Sweet: To all of you who are fans, I think of
you as friends and I love you. I cant wait to be playing drums for you all. Take
care and see ya soon.
Jeff Miller: Look out of Blissed, this is the very
start of chapter one, so hold on tight.
Trevor Barr: Expect the unexpected with us.
David Pearson: All of you that I have met so far at
concerts or radio stations or interviews, thanks for being so awesome. And to all of you
that I havent met yet, I hope you like what you hear, and I cant wait get out
there and hang out with you.