Interviews: Bastion Rose

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Modern Rock band Bastion Rose from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or come out just like that?

The origin of the name, Bastion Rose, has a pretty heavy story which I will share with you. The name Bastion Rose refers to the temporary, fleeting nature of life. A rose embodies the transient beauty of birth, through life and death. The name came to me on the heels of a very dark couple of years where I lost both my parents and subsequently was handed a cancer diagnosis. Thankfully, I underwent surgery and treatment which has resulted in my recovery. During that time, I came to the important realization that life is inherently valuable. It is worth living despite the darkness we face and even though ultimately, all lives end. Roses are worth planting and their blooms are beautiful, despite the inevitability of their decay. This is one of the most important realizations of my life and I hope to build upon the bedrock of that epiphany for the rest of my days and let it be a bastion against fear and dread.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

My dad was a big fan of classic rock music and instilled a love of the genre in me. I took a particular liking to Black Sabbath when I first heard Iron Man on Q95, our local rock radio station in Indiana, United States. I fell in love with the power of excellent guitar riffs. We listened to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, Rush, etc. I later discovered bands like Audioslave, Soundgarden, Tool, Metallica, and Foo Fighters and all of these influences have shaped the Bastion Rose sound. You can really hear them on the tracks on the Fade To Blue EP.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Actually, 3 of us, myself (Austin Frink vocals/guitar), Austin Mudd (guitar), and Barrett Abraham (keys) played in another band for several years called Blue Rising. When I started Bastion Rose with John Donlon (drums) and Steve Pierce (bass), I knew the 5 of us would have great chemistry.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Austin Frink - Black Sabbath

Steve Pierce - Led Zeppelin 

John Donlon - Pink Floyd

Barrett Abraham - The Beatles

Austin Mudd - Tool

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I’m very motivated by existential questions and human behavior. I tend to write songs that I need to hear. They tend to be motivational. Aspirational. Fade To Blue, for example, is very reflective. The lyrics describe a sort of descent into madness and subsequent rising from despair. I like to think songs can help people, like they help me. We all go through difficult times and music can really be very helpful in overcoming dark times.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was at The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN which is a historic nightclub where so many amazing bands have played over the years. It’s a true gem.

7. Where would you like to act?

Honestly, I am eager to come to Europe. I’ve attended a lot of rock shows in Europe and the crowds have such passion and energy! It’s my dream.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

So many bands come to mind that would be amazing to feature with. Metallica and Foo Fighters come to mind. Alter Bridge would be a great fit. Rush would be a great match if Alex and Geddy decide to continue touring. ZZ Top would be awesome! Ozzy or Black Sabbath would be the holiest of Holy Grails if they tour again.

9. Whom not?

That’s hard to say. I suppose it would have to be a rock group. We want the bands to make sense together!

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Yes absolutely. It’s easy to get in your head. I think the best advice would be to remember that people are not there to watch you play so they can judge you. They want to have fun. They want the show to be fun. If you are having fun, they will too. Practice the material a lot leading up to the show so that you feel comfortable, then let it rip!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dio, Audioslave, Soundgarden, Metallica, Tool

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Someone in the front row insisted I give them a kiss on the lips. She was disappointed when it didn’t happen and got pretty rowdy!

13. What do you think of your fans?

They are amazing. A lot of our fans have followed my work for several years, and we have a rapidly growing fanbase on YouTube, Spotify, and social media. I get messages every day from new fans discovering Bastion Rose and it really feels good to know we are connecting with people through the music.

14. What do you think of our site?

Love the site! It helps artists connect with fans and helps fans to get a look into the artists’ backstories and learn a little more about them.

15. Something to add?

Thanks so much to Breathing The Core for the interview! 2023 was big for Bastion Rose as we finished up a record with producer, David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Rush, Godsmack, Coheed, and Cambria) then signed our label contract with Epictronic Records and partnered up with Deadfall for management. We have a great team supporting our debut EP release slated for February 23, 2024, and this is our first interview of the year! Thanks again so much.

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