Give a creative, but accurate one-sentence description of Blistur:
Like the love child of Pink Floyd, Tool, Metallica and Rush, Blistur is the tattooed Mohawk Man in the three-piece suit.
Finish the sentence:
Someone will like our music if they like... leaning too far over a cliff to get a better view and then flailing their arms wildly to avoid falling, watching the crowd take the interstate and proudly exiting to take the unknown bumpy, scenic back roads, turning their pillow over to get to the cold side, drinking their soda after the ice has melted, romantic walks in acid rain, spicy foods, moonshine, and Cuban cigars.
How and when we started making music together:
After moving to Jacksonville, drummer Neal Gupton heard about guitarist/vocalist Chris Kellam as being THE guy all the bands wanted to have in their lineup. After seeing Chris perform it was obvious why the whole city felt that way. But, both were like two ships passing in the night - always mutually committed to other projects. In the mid 2000s the stars aligned and they both got the chance to work together. The mindset of both artists was the same and they immediately connected personally and musically. After working with two bass players the first few years, the picture became complete after bassist Dom Berti moved from Bronx, NY and joined the band. From there the band has skyrocketed in popularity and the songwriting has flowed seamlessly.
In addition to playing premier clubs throughout the Southeast United States, the alt rock trio frequently open or headline concerts and events including:
Planetfest 9 – Jacksonville, FL, w/Hinder, Shinedown, Rehab, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Puddle of Mudd
Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL, Opening for Blues great Joe Bonamassa and later headlining
Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL, w/Bad Company and Molly Hatchett
Port de Plaissance – St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies, Concert in support of radio play there
The Handlebar – Greenville, SC, Opening for Crossfade and in support of radio play at FM 96.9 “The Buzzard”
The Jacksonville Landing – Jacksonville, FL,
– Headlining the Florida Georgia concert twice to an estimated 10,000
– Headlining the ACC Championship Post Game Rally to an estimated 7,000
– Headlining the Gator Bowl and New Years Eve celebrations to an estimated 10,000
– Opening act for Eddie Money
Freebird Live – Jacksonville Beach, FL, Opening and Headlining concerts
The Pit – Jacksonville, FL, Opening act for Great White
Dancing in the Streets Festival 2010 – Neptune Beach, FL, Headline act
Milledgeville Bike Rally – Milledgeville, GA, Headline act
Daytona Beach Bike Week – Daytona Beach, FL, Headline Act
Blue Crab Festival – Palatka, FL, Headline Act
US Naval Base – Guantanamo Bay, CUBA, Headline Act
US Naval Base Freedom Fest – Mayport, FL, Headline Act
Angel City Bike Rally - Unadilla, GA - Headline Act
Myrtle Beach Spring and Fall Bike Rallies - Myrtle Beach, SC - Headline Act
The Roc Bar - Opening for Jackyl
What makes our music different?
Each member of the band draws from their own diverse influences. One member's taste runs the gamut from big band, swing, hard rock, blues, progressive and metal...another from Zeppelin, Steve Vai, The Eagles, Deftones, Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica...another from Fusion and Jazz. When composing a song there is a giant pallette of colors to choose from and the best ones come naturally without thinking too much on how to fit into a modern trend. Rather, how to fit the lyrics into the mood of the song be it comical, dark and moody, angry, happy, inspirational. Music is life. Life is all these things. Why be tied down to one sound? Why be in the same mood every day? No one is. Let's just make a great song.
Blistur’s 4 CD releases, Before There Were Seasons, Greatest Hits Vol II, Bloody Mary, Scars and Stripes, and a near two hour live concert DVD entitled, "aLive and Amplified" have sold thousands of units and garnered excellent reviews from several entertainment sources including the likes of MTV. Songs from these CD's have received terrestrial radio airplay in Florida, Texas, South Carolina and even the island of St. Maarten - most notably breaking through the major label mix on Clear Channel giant, "96.9 The Buzzard" in Greenville, SC as an independent band. Almost unheard of.
Poised to release a 5th CD in the Summer of 2014, the trio of Chris Kellam, Neal Gupton and Dom Berti continues to move forward at a “Blisturing” pace.