Quick Questions With Black Bolt

Quick Questions With Black Bolt

Black Bolt are a punk band from Boise, ID, formed in 2010. Their style encompasses punk, indie rock, garage rock, and other impolite music. So far they’ve released ‘Falls’ (2012), ‘MBD&B/Like the Bear’ (2013), ‘Comfort of the Grave’ (2016), and the ‘2017 EP’ (2017). They are currently working on a new record, tentatively titled ‘The North End.’

Quick Questions With Black Bolt

Quick Questions

I’m Dustin. I sing and play guitar in Black Bolt, a punk band from Boise, ID.

1. Who inspired you to start playing? 

I come from a somewhat musical family. My Mom played piano and my Grandpa played violin, so I took violin lessons from an early age (my Mom and I didn’t have much room for a piano, and they didn’t teach those lessons at school. My Grandpa still had his violin and those lessons were available through my elementary school, so those lessons were an easy choice).

But I was into rock music from an early age, and I longed to play guitar. Once I heard my first Ramones song and learned what they were all about, and what punk was all about, I needed to learn guitar. It was really the Ramones that inspired the whole “anyone can do this, dummy, even you” spirit in me. And it turned out to be true!

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

I don’t have a ton of gear, so everything I own is kind of a workhorse. The one piece of equipment I couldn’t live without is my Orange Dual Terror. Even without effects, I can get the dirty, sludgy sounds I need and the clean, sparkly tone I need. It’s insanely portable and sounds great with my old Vox cabinet, or anyone else’s cabinet if I can’t use my own. It also seems to make even my worst guitars sound way nicer than they are, too.

It’s versatile, reliable, easy-going, and low maintenance– someday I hope to describe myself using all of those terms.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

It’s a very close tie for “Purple Mountains” by Purple Mountains and “The Cosmo Cleaners” by Uranium Club. You really can’t beat David Berman’s lyrics or understated way of tugging at your heartstrings, and “Purple Mountains” was the last gift he left us before he passed. And you can’t beat Uranium club for pure frenetic, ass-shaking fury. I love rocking out as much as I love pure poetry, so it has to be a toss up.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

I’d say the Wipers’ Greg Sage. He’s just such a brilliant and creative guitarist. He can make a relatively simple guitar line sound heroic. He can do understated, and he can do complex, virtuoso stuff, too. He doesn’t get by on just being flashy. I think everything he does suits each song perfectly.

Even though I’ll never be able to play like him, I know he could change my guitar playing in an hour. He’s just that good.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

Getting frustrated and being mad at yourself for not being “good enough” or “not doing it right” are just natural things. They happen to everyone who plays an instrument. Try to better yourself, but don’t burn yourself out or work so hard that you learn to resent the guitar. Instead, when you hit a wall, find your own way of doing things. Embrace shortcuts, workarounds, and dirty tricks. There is no “correct” way to play the guitar. If you like the sounds coming from your instrument, you’re on the right track. Don’t beat yourself up– find your own way.

We just released our first ever music video for “Claws Out.” It’s a tribute to White Claw, a hard seltzer beverage we enjoy very much. We did a ton of work for the dumbest, shortest song we’ve ever recorded. It’s the first single from our upcoming full length album, “The North End.”

Black Bolt Website: https://www.blackboltboise.com/