Bigger than expected: NightShade signs with Bullet Tooth RecordsWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Musicians live an uncertain life in a difficult industry. Paul Fuzinski and his band mates have struggled through this rough life and conquered it. Fuzinski recently joined the metal band NightShade and signed a deal with Bullet Tooth Records.
“People say ‘starving artists and musicians’ for a reason,” Fuzinksi said. “We find out about tours five or six months in advance so we’ll get a job long enough to support ourselves for a month on the road, do the tour and blow all the money, come back home and work again. That’s how our lives have been for the last two years.”
Until recently, Fuzinski was the guitarist for the band Blood of the Prophets and was touring the United States with Mobile Death Camp. Their mode of transportation was anything but luxurious.
“We travel by van,” Fuzinski said. “It’s rough. There’s not a lot of sleep and not a lot of showering. Right now there are five people in our band, but before there were seven plus all of our instruments. We had a trailer. But it’s wasn’t easy to get around in cities like New York.”
NightShade’s members plan on traveling a few more miles. After finishing its American tour, the band is flying to Europe to tour more than six countries, including France, the lead guitarist’s home country.
“There is a huge language barrier. Our lead guitarist speaks very broken English so I have to listen hard. I’m going to help him with his English when he gets here in April. He does all the speaking for the entire band, so he’ll have to talk to the people with our label and he’s worried about not being able to say what he actually means,” Fuzinski said.
Other band mates include former Blood of the Prophet members, all of whom Fuzinski had met on the music scene throughout high school and college.
“After we went on tour I never went back to college,” Fuzinski said. “We’ve been playing around the country for the last two years now. It’s grown to be a lot bigger than I expected.”
But Fuzinski doesn’t advise other hopefuls to follow in his footsteps.
“If you really want to do it, it’s going to be awful. If you don’t really want to, you might as well give up early because there’s really no point in blowing all your money. You have to want it more than anything because it’s not easy to make $3,000 and then go out on the road, use it all up, come back home and do it again. It’s a constant process of being broke. If you want to do it, then do it. If you don’t? Then stop. Go to school if this isn’t your thing. But I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”
The release date for NightShade’s album, “Lost in Motion,” is April 19, but fans can preview NightShade on Bullet Tooth Record’s website or catch a concert listed on the band’s Facebook page. NightShade is scheduled for concerts in more than 10 states, and will drive to each.
“It will probably be the same size van,” Fuzinski laughed. “It doesn’t get too spectacular yet.”
By Blair Bohland