2016 was quite the year for BAD SEED RISING. In addition to releasing a widely successful debut album, Awake In Color via Roadrunner Records that was also The Maestro’s top pick of the year, the band also toured their faces off, playing anywhere and everywhere that would have them. In fact, at press time, another tour was just announced, this time with MEMPHIS MAY FIRE and a few others. So amidst all this chaos I was able to catch up with lead singer Francheska Pastor on a rare day off to chat about everything going on with the band. Check it:
Amps: First of all, Awake In Color was hands-down my #1 album of 2016.
Francheska: Oh, thank you! We really appreciate that. That really means a lot to us. It feels like our album didn’t even really make an impact, so to hear that is great.
Amps: Bullshit, it didn’t! It gets played almost every single day here at A&GS HQ. It’s been a crazy busy year for you. Have you taken any time to process it all?
Francheska: Yeah. Usually it’s kind of like, “Oh we did that’ and then I go back to normal life and my job. Hopefully when we go out on this next tour we’ll make a little bit of change. I just moved out of my parents’ house.
Amps: You’re a very hardworking band that reminds me of HALESTORM when they were starting. They would tour, tour, tour much like you do. I think it’s great you recognize the power of live performances.
Francheska: They are really hard workers so we definitely appreciate that comparison.
Amps: The record’s been out since September. Will there be any more singles or are you focused solely on touring right now?
Francheska: Just touring pretty much. We want to tour as much as possible for this album cycle.
Amps: “Obvious” is my favorite song and was one of my top tracks of 2016. Lyrically, you don’t write like the average 19-year old, I’ll tell you that.
Francheska: Thank you, that’s one of my favorites, too. It’s always really nice to be complimented on that.
Amps: The band has been together coming up on five years. In this day and age, how have you managed to keep the same lineup intact, when a majority of bands can’t outlast milk?
Francheska: We all share the same passion and we are all really good friends. I know how hard it is for some bands to stay together, but we’ve always had the same passion and goals.
Amps: And nobody’s murdered each other yet?
Francheska: Oh no, we’ve murdered each other a couple of times (laughs)!
Amps: How do the songs take shape in BAD SEED RISING?
Francheska: We jam and then we go to L.A. and rewrite everything, you know? The songs usually take about one day to get down.
Amps: What do you like to do away from music?
Francheska: Honestly I don’t have a lot of down time because I’m always balancing the band and my two jobs, since I’m trying to support myself. Today’s one of my only off days from work, but I’m using that off day to be with the band and write acoustic stuff. It’s tough because both of my jobs require standing all day. I gotta get an insole sponsorship (laughs).
Amps: BAD SEED RISING, on tour and coming to a city near you, sponsored by Dr. Scholls!!
Francheska: (Laughing) yeah, that would be so funny! Dr. Scholls is the high end brand, though. We gotta go with the off brands, you know?
Amps: What are you jamming to at home or in the car?
Francheska: Well, I don’t really have a stereo in my car so I sit in silence. And I listen to the sounds of my engine, which is broken. But I’m into J. COLE’S new album called 4 Your Eyez Only, that’s a good one.
Amps: Any hobbies or special interests we should know about?
Francheska: I’ve taken an interest in woodworking, and I like photography.
Amps: What do you hope people take away from Awake In Color once they’ve finished listening to it?
Francheska: I really want them to enjoy it. We just want to do our own thing and we want people to enjoy it. Our main goal is for us to enjoy it first, and hopefully everybody else does, too.
Amps: Mini-Amps, my son, is 14 and has autism. And when he’s got his wireless headphones on, he tends to rock out that much harder when a BSR song comes on! He shakes the car, and he damn near broke my couch last week! If that happens, you can expect a bill.
Francheska: Awww, that’s so cool! When I was in middle school and high school for free time I would hang out and help kids with autism and other special needs. I would hang out with them and be their friend.
They need to socialize in order to grow, everyone needs that. When I went to one middle school it was really judgmental, so I would be friends with all the so-called “outcasts” and different people. I was different too, because I was one of the only brown kids. And you can send us the bill for the couch (laughs).
Amps: What would you like to say to all the BAD SEED RISING fans out there?
Francheska: If you have a dream go for it. Don’t let anything hold you back, not parents, teachers, or friends. You need to just go for it. I mean, do everything in moderation, because you have to know when to stop, but if you’re around people that are holding you back just because, you gotta let them go. That’s what I have to say to all our friends, chase your dream.
It’s hard to imagine that someone so young could write with a wisdom beyond her years. But that is exactly what Francheska does, along with her bandmates. BAD SEED RISING is a group that keeps making waves, and they are here to stay that’s for sure. Check out this latest batch of tour dates HERE, and be sure to catch them live in a city near you.
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