An interview with vocalist and guitarist, Adam Turla. Your voice has the tendency to contradict your youthful appearance. Has anyone been completely surprised when meeting you for the first time after only hearing MBD’s albums, and not seeing you guys live or other visual media? I’m not going to bullshit here, I was floored when I first saw your picture. I was imagining Curly from City Slickers brandishing a knife while crooning into the microphone. Haha, that’s great. I’ve never heard Curly, but I often get people who think I’ll be older and/or taller. I always quote the movie Roadhouse in these instances, the part where a guy says to Jack Dalton, “I thought you’d be taller” and he shoots back “Opinions vary.” You guys spend a lot of time traveling for tours. What does being on the road, and the resulting connections with fans, mean to you? It’s our life. We travel all the time, so it is such a normal part of what we do, I can’t imagine it being any different. We meet a lot of nice folks who support what we do, and we basically just try to give them everything we can at our shows. Sarah’s haunting style of playing her cello adds such a rich, and sometimes unnerving, flavor to the overall tone of MBD albums. What are some of the more unorthodox instruments that the band has used in albums past? We tend to stick to our usual instruments- guitar, bass, drums, cello, piano. Occasionally we’ll use junk metal for percussion, and on one of our albums we got to use the Mellotron used on David Bowie’s “Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.”
Photo by Grrg Whitaker
Issue 8 of Balance rolling magazine.