Genres:Folk, Country - Alternative, Alternative Pop, Specialty - Promo Music, Specialty - HumanDrama/Emotions, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Indie Rock, Rock - Hard Rock/Classic, Rock - Experimental/Post-Rock, Rock - Alternative Rock, Rock - Alternative Pop
Dead Heart Bloom was formed by songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Boris Skalsky and guitarist Paul Wood following the dissolution of their previous band, the Washington, DC-based Phaser. Having quickly captured the attention of the indie press and radio, Phaser honed their live act touring with such artists as Interpol, Super Furry Animals, BRMC and Longwave. Hand-picked by drummer Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins to perform in the touring band for his project Skysaw, Boris and Paul further developed their live attack on stage, all the while vowing to solidify the Dead Heart Bloom lineup.
Enter former Longwave drummer Jason Molina. Formally joining the band in the winter of 2011, Jason quickly became integral to Dead Heart Bloom’s sound, adding a rhythmic backbone and notable percussive depth to the material. He explains, "I was first struck by the intimacy of Boris' vocals, and then the fantastically classic melodies hit me. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.”
Boris was raised in a Ukrainian household filled with music. His mother was a classical pianist, and his father, a musical polymath who, as Boris says, “saw no difference between a Schubert lieder and a Beatles song.” In addition to Dead Heart Bloom, Boris is also a classically-trained composer whose works have premiered in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in a retrospective concert in Washington, D.C.
Paul fell in love with the guitar (and guitar effects) as a teenager. He quickly became obsessed with British indie labels such as Rough Trade, Factory and 4AD, eventually working backwards through the early glam of T. Rex, Bowie and Eno and into late sixties Stones and Floyd. Connecting with Boris proved to be a perfect sonic match, and their songwriting partnership has continually evolved.
"My favorite albums have always combined classic songwriting with cinematic atmosphere”, says Paul. “Boris and I both have a natural inclination for big choruses and instrumental effects.”
Dead Heart Bloom is working on a new record to be released in 2013 produced by Carlos Anthony Molina (Mercury Rev).