Blue Öyster Cult: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal History Comes to Rutland | Vermont Arts

There are a lot of ways to make an album these days. But, “Back when we started, the old-fashioned way was to ask a record company to come see you at a club,” recalls Eric Bloom.

The lead singer of the legendary rock band Blue Öyster Cult saw the band achieve success this way and release a steady stream of 1971 albums for the next four decades. But their latest album is special not only because it comes after a 20-year recording hiatus, but because it was done “all lock recording style”.

“Now, of course, in the Internet age, a lot of bands or solo artists can fund an album en masse. There are many ways to make records, ”Bloom said over the phone Monday afternoon. “A guy like Justin Beiber made his own recordings at home, put them on the net, they got it and he got famous. He didn’t need a recording contract; he got sexy online and labels approached him. There are all kinds of ways to do it these days.

But for their latest album, the management of Blue Öyster Cult piqued the label’s interest about two years ago the old fashioned way, and Bloom recalled making the group’s last album, their first in 20 years, and his debut studio album of brand new songs, titled “The Symbol Remains”, in preparation for her next show at the Paramount Theater in Rutland at 8pm on Friday October 29th.

Classic hits like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin ‘for You” have made Blue Oyster Cult a revered hard rock and heavy metal band known for their pioneering work, as well as for its unique place in rock history as one of the rare groups of the genre to achieve both critical and commercial success.

The group has sold 25 million records worldwide and their current touring schedule puts them in a different state every night. Co-founded in the late ’60s by Bloom (vocals, keyboard, guitar), the relentless touring has grown Blue Öyster Cult’s fan base with quintessential rock songs that remain popular to this day.

“We had (thought) should we do a new album or shouldn’t we? Bloom said, “And we’ve had several offers. COVID came after we decided to make a new album. “

Halfway through the album’s creation, the lockdown was put in place and the band were forced to split and record the album as separate tracks from the home recording studios in what Bloom called “an interesting process”.

“The creative process started before COVID,” he explained, then backed up. “Our management was looking for an agreement for us. Our history dates back to 1971 when the legendary Clive Davis signed (us) with Columbia Records.

Blue Öyster Cult was the first hard rock band Columbia had at the time, with their debut album released in 1972, produced in an 8-track studio.

“In the mid-80s, Columbia let us down after doing a lot of albums with them,” Bloom recalls. “We were with another label in the 90s and we did two albums with them. And then about 20 years ago, we did two albums, and no other album (since).

The basic tracks for the new album were recorded a few months before COVID, just as the overdubs were starting.

“Everyone has home studios, so we recorded from home,” Bloom said. “I was recording vocals using Zoom-like technology, every day for weeks and weeks and weeks until (it was) finished.”

The rest of the group did the same, then the files were sent electronically to a sound engineer in Miami for mixing.

“Song number one was sent and he spent a day or two mixing and sending the files back to us to listen to,” Bloom said. “We would call it or send it notes (like) we would like the guitar to be louder or the vocals to be this or that, and he would fix it and send the tracks back through the net, and that’s how the record went. been mixed in Miami. “

The process may have opened the door for future albums to be done in the same way, but as for another in the works at this point, “We’re not saying yes or no,” Bloom said. The group’s uninterrupted tour throughout their career includes a sold-out 50th anniversary show next fall in Paris, and a European tour with English rock band Deep Purple.

“I think the label would like more,” Bloom said, “but we have a lot of that ahead of us.”

Corina C. Butler

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