The Anxious Mind: An Interview with BellaMaine [INTERVIEW]
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[Photo: KEXP]BellaMaine is a gem of a band that’s rippling through the indie music airwaves. Out of Seattle, this foursome has created a feel-good, infectious sound that we can’t get out of our heads. We caught up with them to find out more about their big sound, inspirations, and what we can look forward to. Their EP, An Anxious Mind, is out now, and leaves you hungry for more… waffles. Bassist Jordan Nielsen weighs in – check it.
Bowery Boogie: How did you guys get your start?
Jordan Nielsen: Nick, Julianne, and I grew up in a small town just south of the Canadian border going to school together and in the same circle of friends. Nick and I had been playing music together for years and were between projects so we decided to get back at it. Now that Nick and Julianne were married we felt the addition of a female vocalist/instrumentalist would be awesome so we rolled with it. We started, and naturally went with an ‘acoustic/folky‘ sound. We later met Gaelan through a circle of musicians in the area and slowly became more of a “rock” band. After writing and performing music together now in the Northwest for the past couple of years we are where we’re at!
BB: What do you draw on for inspiration?
JN: We draw from a lot. From the beautiful Northwest town we live in by the water, to a good beer, and from our families and relationships to emotions. We definitely draw inspiration off each-other (being like family).
BB: Best gig experience?
JN: I don’t know if there is one specific show that stands out more than another at this point. We try to make every show a unique experience. We love playing for large crowds but at the same time really enjoy an intimate house show setting.
BB: You have a good mix of male/female vocals – how do you divvy it up?
JN: Whoever writes the song will naturally sing the majority of it. Nick and Julianne feed off each other really well so each of them taking a verse and sharing the chorus is quite natural as well.
BB: What’s the story behind “An Anxious Mind”?
JN: We wrote “An Anxious Mind” during a season of life when we were tied to a few relationships that carried with them anxiety for a variety of reasons. From a childhood friendship of Julianne’s, to losing two of our grandmas to dementia within six months. We’ve all been through a lot of personal change in the past year, and I think we would say for the better coming out on this side of it.
BB: What was it like working with producer John Goodmanson (Rogue Wave, Death Cab For Cutie, Nada Surf)?
JN: Working with John Goodmanson was a treat. He made us feel very comfortable and at home in the studio, and he did a great job at getting the best out of us. We would love to work with him again.
BB: What are you currently listening to?
JN: Our libraries are constantly rotating, Nick’s especially. He actually stresses Gaelan and I out sometimes with all the new bands he brings to us. I personally have been listening to Youth Lagoon, Tame Impala, Alt-J, and Tegan and Sara.
BB: What do you want your fans to take away from your music?
JN: More than anything we want fans to enjoy the music, connect to it on some level, and have a good time. We love meeting new people at shows.
BB: What do you find your fans comparing your sound to?
JN: Buttery, syrupy, waffles.
BB: Delicious. What can we expect from your full length?
JN: More energy, heavier beats, thicker bass, lots of synth, louder guitar, and more songs.
BB: Is a tour in the works?
JN: It certainly is. No tours confirmed for the summer, but we are excited to play some of the areas biggest festivals and some other select dates. We are working on a tour for the fall. We’ve been getting requests from all over, including all the way in France. We’ll see what 2013 will hold…
Many thanks to Jordan Nielson for taking the time to answer our questions!