Motivated: Goodbye Blue Skies itching to release debut album ‘Motives’Written by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When Toledo’s own Goodbye Blue Skies released its “Visions” EP four years ago, there was a lot to smile about.
The band knocked out a professional batch of songs with seasoned producer Josh Schroeder (Battlecross, King 810, The Color Morale), played the Ernie Ball Stage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour stop at The Palace of Auburn Hills and saw its music video for “Babyface Nelson” get on the BlankTV and BryanStars YouTube channels.
Despite the positive buzz surrounding “Visions,” though, the EP didn’t deliver the type of breakthrough the band was hoping for.
“We saved up a bunch of money to go to a really nice studio and get a really great product done, and we wrote the best songs that we could possibly write for that time and we felt like ‘This is it. This is going to carry us to the next level,’” Goodbye Blue Skies guitarist and vocalist Chris Marshall said. “And then when it didn’t happen that way—and not saying that it was a complete failure—it just took a lot longer because we didn’t have the certain elements to actually push the record like we wanted to.”
Looking back, Marshall thinks those hard lessons learned have prepped Goodbye Blue Skies for a better way to go about releasing its forthcoming debut LP “Motives.”
“We’re just going to hit the road, and just get out there and actually give [‘Motives’] a proper release and a proper marketing plan compared to ‘Visions,’” Marshall said. “And also with ‘Visions,’ I really think we sat back and thought that the internet was going to take care of us because that was during a time where, you know, a band would put out a song and then within a month or so they’ll be like, ‘Oh, we’re signed to this [label].’
“And I think we kind of fell in that mindset that ‘This is awesome! We have a great sounding record. We have a guy from a signed band featured on one of our songs, so why not? Why shouldn’t this happen?’ Us being a lot younger then to where we are now, it’s just like, no. We have to do it the old school way. We’ve got to get out in people’s faces and talk to people and interact with people.”
Since “Visions,” Goodbye Blue Skies has gone through some lineup changes and been hard at work on the aforementioned “Motives.” After its bassist and its guitarist both left the band to pursue other avenues roughly midway through recording “Motives,” Marshall, vocalist Victor Berrios and drummer Brian Smith decided to soldier on with Goodbye Blue Skies as a three-piece. Together with producer Jordan DiSorbo (Before Their Eyes), the trio tackled the rest of the recording process.
“We have a lot of friends that are musicians that are not in bands that are willing to help us out whenever we play shows or do tours and stuff like that,” Marshall said. “We’re kind of content with just being just the three of us right now until we can actually find a couple guys that actually fit well with this band and want to do everything that we want to do.”
For “Motives,” Marshall said Goodbye Blue Skies wanted to be more deliberate with the songwriting compared to “Visions,” where the tracks were more open to the interpretation of the listener.
“The songs that we wrote about on this record, they all have motives,” Marshall said. “We talk about losing a loved one in death, and we talk about bad relationships. With [single] ‘Better Days,’ it’s basically like hating who you are and finally overcoming your hatred for yourself, and just accepting who you are and loving yourself, pretty much.
“So there’s, like, a motive to why things happen and then the motivation to overcome the situation, even if it’s a good or a bad thing.”
Marshall added that Goodbye Blue Skies is aiming for a late spring or early summer release for “Motives.” So far, the band has released the aforementioned “Better Days” in addition to “Threshold” to give people a taste of what’s in store for the record.
After the growing pains of “Visions” and the time, energy and effort that’s gone into making “Motives,” Marshall and Goodbye Blue Skies are eager for fans to listen to the new music, and also to show them why they’re still at it.
“Whenever you put out something and you have the plans, you have the ideas and then it just completely gets wrecked for whatever reason, it really messes with your head,” Marshall said of ‘Visions.’ “You start doubting things. You start second-guessing things, and it’s really up to you to figure out if you want to back away from it and let it go, or if you’re just like, ‘No. I’m not finished yet. I’ve got a lot more to say.’
“And so we feel like we’ve got a lot more to say.”
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