In our latest band spotlight, we chat to the Big Jesus’ guitarist CJ Ridings about the band’s influences and ideas.
How are you doing today?
S] How do you feel about the success of your recent releases, like ‘SP’?
We’re all so excited and inspired by the plays we’ve been getting. The goal has always been to share our music with anyone who would like to listen.
S] Talk us through the inspirations behind ‘Oneiric’?
Oneiric isn’t something that was really premeditated. We’re just 4 guys trying to make a record that we’d love to listen to, so it includes all the things that we want to hear. Heavy, fuzzy guitar tones, big grooves, and dreamy vocals. It’s been amazing that people are enjoying something that we made for ourselves.
S] How are you looking forward to your run of shows with Good Charlotte?
We’ve done a few in Europe and they were like a dream come true for us. We can’t wait to do it in the states.
S] If you could come up with a Frankenstein’s monster for the sound – for example, the head of My Bloody Valentine, the arms of The Smashing Pumpkins and the balls of The Story So Far, what would it be and why?
The head of the Beatles, the heart of Led Zeppelin, the soul of Nirvana, the arms of Smashing pumpkins, the legs of My Bloody Valentine, and the ass of Queens of the Stone Age.
S] What keeps you guys passionate, outside of music – think movies or people and places for example!?
We all separately have our hobbies outside of the band that are way opposite of each other. Joe likes camping, Tommy likes Harleys, Spencer likes La Croix, and I enjoy a good nerdy video game every so often.
S] What’re you looking forward to for the rest of the year?
Touring a lot of cities that we’ve never been to and making some lasting memories playing music that we love.