Kim Gosselin – lead guitar and sampler
Terry "Roadcase" Deschenes – rhythm guitar
Étienne Mailloux – bass and acoustic guitar
Justine "Juice" Ethier – drums, percussionhttp://www.facebook.com/blackguardband
2003: United Under A Shadowed Nightsky
2007: (Profugus Mortis) - So It Begins
2008: (Profugus Mortis) - Another Round-EP
1. Tonight we are talking with our friends Blackguard. Thanks very much for the interview and your time. Speaking of time Blackguard stay very busy on the road. How much time have you spent touring in the last 2 years?
2. I understand you have started work recording the 3rd Blackguard album. What can you tell us about the new album and songs?
We’re trying to expand a bit on this one. We won’t just be sticking to the typical “Folk” elements we’ve been playing with for the past few years and experimenting with some new ones. We’re constantly growing as musicians and our influence range quite a bit, so with this next record you’re defiantly going to hear something new from us while still maintaining who we are.
We parted ways with both Sumerian records and scratching their heads over this but I don’t think it’s that strange considering we were just on Sumerian, but I guess not too many people know that lol . this past year and we were looking for a label to handle us for the World and not just a specific territory. Victory heard the demo’s of the new material and showed the most interest in the band and the desire to see the band grow. I know a lot of people are
4. I guess it's fair to say that Blackguard is one of the hardest working bands out there today. What was the goal for the band when it first started and do you feel like all that hard work is paying off?
From when we first started all we wanted to do was tour and play the music that we wanted to play, so yes you can defiantly say we’ve achieved that. Ever opportunity we’ve gotten whether it is a tour or a new record deal is truly a blessing because we know that this could all end tomorrow.
The work has definitely been paying off. With each new tour we meet new people and gain new fans, so slowly you can say we’re building our empire. The only downside to the constant touring is it’s hard to keep people interested in seeing the band since we’re here so often. All we can really do is give the best show we can and make sure people are having fun.
5. The world of music has changed so much in the last few years with the advent of digital downloads, mp3's and Internet networking. Do you feel this has affected music in a negative way, and do people still come out to shows like they used to back in the 80's and 90's?
It’s certainly different now. My impression is that people are spoiled with music these days. There seems to be so much of it out there at no cost and that’s degrading the worth of the art. People are just taking it for granted. Attendances at shows are down all across the board and I think it’s eventually going to hit a pretty depressing low, to the point where artists just won’t be able to tour anymore and then there’s going to have to be another huge shift of some sort to right all this.
In recoding we use new technologies all the time. We do a lot of our tracking and demoing at home and on the road. This is something that wasn’t possible a few years ago but now everyone can become self sufficient went it comes to the production of a record.
At this point I’d really like to get out of North America and go tour Europe or …anywhere really that isn’t here.
Right now no one in the band is living off our music so I’d say one of the biggest challenges of touring is the financial stain. It’s hard coming off tour after a few months to have to go find a job to pay your rent, only to have to quit that job a month later because you’re heading back out on another tour.
I don’t get bored at home , I really appreciate all the time I have to spend with my family and friends because I’m getting less and less of it these days.
9. In closing please leave us with any final comments or thoughts.
I just want to thank everyone who’s been supporting the band over the past 9 years and helped us get to this point, and I hope you’ll all be around for the next 9 having a blast every step of the way.