BLISSKRIEG

By Kreig Marks, March 2021

What do you get when you bring together a few former members of bands such as Days of the New, Tantric, Eye Empire and SubmerseD?  You get one hell of a rock band and we’ll call them Blisskrieg.  Blisskrieg is Donald Carpenter, bringing the vocals, Todd Whitener shredding on guitar, Jesse Vest holding it together on bass and Matt Taul, keeping that beat on the riser.  For me, this interview is pretty cool because I’ve always been a big fan of Eye Empire and SubmerseD with Donald’s very underrated vocals.  So now, it’s time for me to speak to Donald and get some insight into Blisskrieg and the plans for this kick-ass new band.

 

TRR:  Hi Donald.  Welcome to Tru Rock Revival Magazine.  Let me tell you, it is great to hear you back fronting a band.  I think the last time I heard you, you were with Eye Empire, and before that, Submersed.  Both, pretty kick-ass bands.  Now, you’re fronting Blisskrieg.   The first song I heard was “Inside Me.”  Barbara P sent that over.  When I first heard the vocals, I thought, man, this is one kick ass song and Warren Haynes sounds great!  Then, I read the promo and let me tell you, I was psyched!  Donald Carpenter and Todd Whitener!  I’m not gonna go all fan-girl on you but man, I listened to all the songs and, damn, you guys are awesome.  

DC:  Hey, thank you Kreig.  I really appreciate that and I'm glad you're enjoying the songs.  

 

TRR:  I hate asking this question because it’s so overdone but for my own curiosity, tell me about the name of the band.  I’m assuming it’s a play on the word Blitzkrieg, which by definition is a pretty intense military engagement.  So, is Blisskrieg an explosion of rock n’ roll?

DC:  Don't worry about asking the question.  I'd love to answer it.  

 

TRR:  The intro guitar riff for Rise and Fall, awesome.  Hats off to Todd.  Riff or words first for that song?

DC: 

 

TRR:  How about the song, “New Age.”  Who’s the Stevie Ray Vaughan fan in the band?  That song could

be a SRV song, easily.  And the bass line in there, God damn, I’m going all fan-girl.  But you know, I don’t care because this album is such a freak’n treat.  The rock industry needs this more than ever.  Nothing against what’s out there right now but man, this is so kick-ass.

DC:

 

TRR:  So, for those reading this who aren’t yet familiar with Blisskrieg, can you give them some insight?  There’s quite a bit of history in this band.

DC:

 

TRR: How do you think this band compares to some of your former bands such as Eye Empire and SubmerseD, which were 2 fantastic bands.  Eye Empire seemed to be under the radar but let me tell you, that was a phenomenal band.  “More Than Fate” is still better than most stuff you hear on Octane today. 

DC:

 

TRR:  On March 4, 2019, SubmerseD had a partial reunion with you, Eric Friedman, and Kelan Luker. You guys played a one-off acoustic set for "Lukerpalooza," a benefit concert for Seth Luker, who was the manager of SubmerseD's, and Kelan's brother.  Who’s idea was to organize that benefit concert?

DC:

 

TRR:  After the show, were there any discussions of getting the band back together?

DC:

 

TRR:  After Eye Empire, you fronted Million Man Army and then Nothing in Return, again, 2 fantastic bands.  Your vocals on “Beautiful Hate” are phenomenal.  Why was that song never released?

DC:

 

TRR:   So with Blisskrieg, take me through the writing process. 

DC:

 

TRR:  Because of the pandemic, was it difficult recording the album?  Was everyone in-studio or did you

do remote and then mix?

DC:

 

TRR:   Man, you’ve been in some pretty kick-ass bands.  What do you foresee with Blisskrieg now?

DC: 

 

TRR:  I can’t wait to promote the hell out of this band.  Who’s been in contact with Grant or Jose on Octane?  Gotta get some of these songs on there ASAP.

DC:

 

TRR:  How were you guys able to record during the pandemic?  Were you all in the studio together or did you guys do remote cuts?

DC:

 

TRR:  What do you think about the music industry today as compared to when you first got started?  Remember that first song on MTV, “Video Killed the Radio Star.”  Do you think that’s pretty accurate?

DC: 

 

TRR:  Your wife, Jennifer.  How did you both meet?

DC:

 

TRR:  How are you able to balance your personal life, [wife and 3 kids] and your music life?

DC: 

 

TRR:  What do your kids think about their dad the rock star?

DC:

 

TRR:  Which one of them do you see as the next rock star of the family?

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TRR:  Pandemic ends tomorrow.  Where do we first see Blisskrieg live?

DC:

 

TRR:  Anyone you want to give a shout out to or thank?

DC:

 

For further information about Blisskrieg, follow them on Facebook or at http://www.blisskriegmusic.com/.

Kreig Marks, Founder/Publisher, TRR 

Kreig Marks is the Founder/Publisher of Tru Rock Revival Magazine.

Rock music has always been his passion, and to promote musicians.  In is spare time he is an internationally recognized neuro-fitness trainer/ kinesiologist. 

It took a while and a few bands along the way to get here but Blisskrieg is ready to make a name for themselves in rock music.   Blisskrieg is an explosion of Rock n' Roll!

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