Goodbye Blue Skies release party May 27Written by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Freddy Krueger is one of many unique topics covered on the EP “Visions” from Toledo band Goodbye Blue Skies. The band is holding a release party at 7 p.m. on May 27 at Headliners for the album. The show also features performances by We Call This Irony, The Golden Dawn, Deliver The City, The Cities Beneath Us and Through Beauty, Through Silence.
“There will be some new up-and-coming bands that will play with us,” said vocalist Victor Berrios. “They sound pretty good and I’m looking forward to meeting them all because I’ve never played with any of them. We did a show swap with ‘We Call This Irony’ so we’ll be playing in Grand Rapids the next day. It will be our first time going up there. It’s going to be a high-energy show for sure. The kids get pretty rowdy.”
Berrios describes Goodbye Blue Skies as post-hardcore emo, similar to bands it has toured with such as The Devil Wears Prada and Four Letter Lie. The band also features Billy Lange on guitar, Chris Marshall on guitar and vocals, Brian Smith on drums and Jeff Beach on bass. While the group has been around longer, this collection of musicians has been together for the last couple of years.
“I was in another band called Fall From Summer and that fell through,” Berrios said. “The brother of my bassist’s girlfriend was in a band called Fortune Favors. They started up Goodbye Blue Skies and were looking for a bass player. He tried out because we weren’t doing anything.”
Once his bassist joined the band, Berrios was not far behind.
“They wanted to get rid of their singer,” he said. “We jammed once and seemed to click. Unfortunately we lost our guitarist and bass player due to some personal problems. We ended up picking up Billy and Jeff. They’re good guys to have on our team.”
Lange and Bridges have proven their dedication to the band, traveling to Toledo each week for practice from Flint, Mich. and Lima, Ohio, respectively.
The band features a unique style of song writing. While the title of the song “AAAHH!!! Real Monsters” off the new EP is a reference to an old Nickelodeon cartoon, the track is actually about Freddy Krueger.
“The songs we write are kind of stories,” Barrios said. “We had one about Jack the Ripper too. We are doing one called ‘Gore Orphanage Road’ which is about that street out by Vermillion they say is haunted. It’s fun because we don’t really have choruses.”
A few of the new songs weren’t even fully composed before the band hit the studio for a 10-day recording session.
“We all are pretty excited,” Barrios said. “It was kind of intimidating to go in there. A couple of the songs we weren’t really prepared for. It was a lot of writing for the first couple days.”
Producer Jeff Schroeder received help from his in-laws to calm the band’s nerves.
“We stayed at our producer’s in-laws house,” Barrios said. “They call it Hotel Bower. It’s a nice older couple. They have all the bands stay there when they record. They get a kick out of it because they’re retired. They are really cool people. It’s been exciting going through this process. We’re all excited about the show.”
Goodbye Blue Skies is attempting to book an even bigger show by competing in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands for a shot at playing the Vans Warped Tour.
“They take five local bands,” Barrios said. “It would be a cool opportunity for us to get. We’ve tried for the past couple years, but the recordings we had for the last couple years probably held us back. We spent 10 days in the studio on the recordings we have now. It came out pretty good, so we feel like we have a shot.”
Visit www.BattleOfTheBands.com to vote for Goodbye Blue Skies. Tickets for the CD release party are available for $5 in advance of the show. Headliners is located at 4500 N. Detroit Ave.