To each their own: it’s common for teenagers to muse upon going to prom, attending high school football games and hanging out at the mall, but the members of Roadrunner Records youngest band to ever be signed, Bad Seed Rising, have bigger dreams than that. After gaining universal success from their debut album, ‘Awake In Color’, there’s no denying that Bad Seed Rising is a young band who is on the radar to blow in the world of Rock and Roll in 2017. I caught up with lead singer, Francheska Pastor, to discuss being signed at an early age, the inspiration beyond their songwriting style, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Bad Seed Rising?
Bad Seed Rising is a four-piece rock band from Frederick, Maryland.
Congrats on the release of your debut album, ‘Awake In Color’. Do you have a background in music that aided in the recording and creative process?
Thank you! We listened to The Used, Refused, Underoath, Nao, Purity Ring, and Alexisonfire to help fuel our creativity.
How has being signed to Roadrunner Records in the midst of your teenage years affected your social upbringing?
Being signed to Roadrunner while being so young has affected us in many ways. I certainly did not have a normal life, and I never want to. I’ve always been leaving home for long lengths of times and coming back to school or home and just work to make money. It’s certainly hard to find a job that is flexible with my hours, and it was was also difficult just keeping up with school.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I only have two. Well, I actually have 1.5 because the dude who gave it to me didn’t go deep enough, I guess, and it faded in, like, two days. It’s a tiny “X” on my finger that I got with our photographer, Caitlyn. She got an “O” because we played Tic Tac Toe endlessly on our first tour together. The other one I got when I was 15. It’s a spade. My uncle came from Australia, he’s a tattooist, and I wanted to get one with my mom so we got that as a tattoo together as well.
You just wrapped up touring the country with I Prevail. Tell us about your recent experience and one of your favorite moments of tour.
Getting to know everyone in Hotel Books. They were amazing to hang with and watch every night. Also, meeting Spencer Chamberlain [Underoath] was also pretty tight. He’s a quiet guy, but that’s okay. Also hanging with Steph and Casey from Sleepwave was super cool, be cause they’re so easy going and easy to talk to.
Lyrically, what was your inspiration while writing ‘Awake In Color’. What message do you intend to deliver through your artistry?
I honestly wanted to just write about the first thing that popped into my head everyday. I wanted to be real. I learned that if I try too hard to think of what listeners are thinking of, I’ll just drive myself mad, so I want them to know what I think. Perhaps what I think is also what they think in some way. Everyone’s lives and thought processes are intricate. But I know everyone can relate to each other, so hopefully when someone listens, they feel it out too, but from their own unique perspective.
What do fans of Bad Seed Rising have to look forward to in 2017?
Who is on your dream list for musical collaborations?
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thank you for always being there. You make us feel wanted. We will see you in the future.