James Blonde releases new single, “FOMO” (Interview)

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Don’t Miss Out On Niagara Falls-Based James Blonde’s New Single “FOMO” And Their 2023 Tour Dates

You’ll never know what’s out there unless you go and see for yourself. One thing is for certain…you do not want to miss out on James Blonde’s newly released single “FOMO” and the first batch of tour dates announced for 2023, including stops in Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, New York City, Cleveland, Nashville, and a hometown concert in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

This track starts with a high-energy guitar riff which immediately gives off wild and frantic vibes. The band captures their emotional state of frustration of what’s going on in their minds and releases it with the purpose of getting you to feel their same energy.

“FOMO was an important song for us to make.” James Blonde explains, “It fully encapsulates this popular feeling among the band members where we miss out on a lot of life from having such a different schedule to others, and sometimes feeling too drained to muster the energy to go out and do things that could otherwise be fun.”

The high-octane band from Niagara Falls expresses their feelings through their electric chorus:

Fear of missing out.
You don’t want to doubt.
That when you go.
You’ll be better off.
You got the fear of missing out.
Don’t know what about.
How could you know.
That you’d be better off on your own.

“FOMO” was a collaborative effort among the talented threesome as they shared their confessions about the anxieties and fears of missing out and always being left with the question, what if?

“We wrote this song with a big and busy chorus with high-energy guitar riffs trying to match the energy of the song with the expectations we build in our minds of ‘what could be’ that we might miss out on.” James Blonde goes on to explain further by saying, “In contrast, we wrote a more somber and slightly chaotic crescendoing verse to match the building anxiety that comes along with the Fear of Missing Out.”

This message clearly gets across when the alt-rock trio sings their 2nd verse, “Your best friends’ invitation has waged a battle on your soul. You have to pick your poison. There might be stories you missed out. Sometime down the road wished you were there.”

Watch the video for “FOMO” below and learn more about James Blonde via our mini-interview.

Care to introduce yourself?

I’m Neil Carson, bass player and one of three singer/songwriters in the Canadian rock band James Blonde. But you may also know me from the grocery store.

Tell us about the process of writing “FOMO.”

FOMO was one of those songs that just came together easily. We all hashed out the bones of it in one or two little jams. It’s a great example of a fully band-written song. Phil wrote the lyrics. Steph and I wrote the melodies, and we all wrote the instrumentation together. True teamwork! …band high five!

What’s the one thing that you really missed out on?

Let’s see… Game of Thrones, Taco Bell’s limited-time spicy chicken crunch wrap, the housing market, ska music, Myspace, Michael Jackson live… Now I’m going to stop this answer before I get too depressed.

What’s it like touring again after such a long time?

It’s about the same as how we left it; lots of fast food, driving, and waiting, with the payoff of having fans groove and sing to your tunes. That’s the part you miss when something like a global pandemic happens. Connection. I think it’s safe to say we’re all happy to be out there again, bands and showgoers alike.

You’ve been making music for a while now. What’s one piece of advice you can offer to those starting out?

In terms of writing, I’d say stop stopping yourself. Most people are way too hard on themselves. You have to give yourself a chance to learn the craft. I’d also say it’s absolutely fine to wear your influences on your sleeve. By the time it filters through your sensibilities and life experience, it will become uniquely yours. So all of that and: Just have fun.

Tour Dates:
February 15 – Toronto – Horseshoe Tavern
February 16 – Kingston – The Mansion
February 26 – Montreal – Petit Campus
March 2 – New York City – Pete’s Candy Store
March 12 – Cleveland – Mercury Music Lounge
March 14 – Nashville – The 5 Spot
March 23 – London – Palasad Social Bowl
March 30 – Ottawa – Live on Elgin
April 13 -St Catharines – Warehouse – Album Release Show

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