Austin's Blue Healer are starting 2016 off right. With the release of their stunning new single, "Luminescent Eyes" and a small string of tour dates early this year, the trio is currently taking a brief detour home before performing as Official Artists at this year's South By Southwest. Still relatively young, as the band was only formed a year ago, Blue Healer seems to be on the right track! With plans to release even more music this year, Blue Healer is one to keep an eye on. Read our interview with the band, and listen to "Luminescent Eyes" below.
Interview by Shannon Shumaker
Can you tell us a little bit about Blue Healer for any readers who may not be familiar?
We’re a three piece based in Austin, Texas. Sort of an oddball spin on the classic trio: upright bass, keys, and drums - except it sounds like the bass you dreamed up in your first punk rock band and the synths are sometimes from space. We could be the boys next door, or from Jupiter… We’ve been a band for about a year and a half, loving every second of it!
You guys are kicking off 2016 with a string of tour dates before heading back home for South By Southwest - what can fans expect from your upcoming tour dates?
We’re stoked to be spreading this music out into the world. Playing new cities and making new friends is a huge driving force in what we do. Fans can expect to see three humans having a good time making art.
What would you like listeners to take away from your live performances?
What does anyone take from a live performance? Hopefully they dig it. Hopefully they dance. Hopefully the music sinks in deep and doesn’t let go. Hopefully the songs reach people and move them like they moved us to create them. This is why we do what we do.
You’re also performing as official artists at SXSW. What does it mean to you guys to be able to play this year?
SXSW is always a crazy week. Mostly, as a local band, it means you say yes to entirely too many opportunities, but it also means we have the ability to swoop in and out of the action and keep the insanity to a minimum. We’ve learned a few traffic avoiding tips in our previous years at the festival. That’s key.
Are there any artists that you’re particularly excited to check out at SXSW?
There’s usually some great bands that play at Auditorium Shores. So much talent comes to town, though. Sometimes the best shit is the stuff you stumble upon, the stuff when you weren’t looking at your cross-referenced, dog eared, official schedule and your thirty-seven browser tabs of hottest buzz bands. Sometimes good stuff happens if you just listen.
Being based out of Austin, with quite a few huge festivals on your doorstep and a diverse music scene, how do you feel your location has affected your music?
There’s a lot of really great artists and musicians in Austin and the surrounding areas (what’s up San Marcos!) doing amazing stuff. Pushing the bar for what music should be. We’re really into Sweet Spirit, Walker Lukens & the Side Arms, and the Canvas People
You just dropped your first single of the year, titled “Luminescent Eyes.” What inspired the track?
The inspiration for Luminescent Eyes came from the feeling of being in complete awe of something, or someone. It’s a phenomenon that doesn’t happen all the time, maybe once in a year, maybe once in ten years. “I was like an animal, looking at a fire," it must think its magic or supernatural, and maybe it is.
With the release of the new song, can fans expect any more new music coming soon?
We recorded a full album last summer - 13 songs mastered and ready to go. We’ll probably sneak out another single before setting the whole pack loose.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yes, but it’s not appropriate for mass media. You’ll have to come to a show to find out ;).