The BC5 have just gotten better over the years and have honed their craft to critical acclaim, having secured five pivotal awards at the 26th annual Review Music Awards Ceremony. We caught up with Sean Drysdale, Monte Nothelfer, and Shar Molina to glean some thoughts on their ever rising and persistent foray into stardom.
Review: The band seems on a roll - case in point is the LEAP LP - as well as your hard rockin' live show. Are you where you want to be musically and artistically?
SEAN: Musically and artistically we are still maturing and that's the key to making it all happen. We have been together for almost a decade now and if we still sounded like the 60's bubble gum act we started as I think we would have imploded. We are never where we want to be because we set a high standard for ourselves. We are always working hard and making new things happen. That is where we want to be.
MONTE: I'd say anybody who is a musician, or does any sort of artistic expression, should never say they are where they want to be. If you're where you want to be, what is there to reach for and try to achieve anymore?
Review: Shar you got a well-deserved award for Best Female Vocalist. You are a stunning lead singer and can belt it out or sing it soft and sweet. You were given the nod as the best singer on the scene. You've come into your own. How does it feel?
SHAR: Thanks. I am humbled by the award because there are a lot of other hard working and talented people that deserve recognition.
Review: What's Banana Convention got up their sleeve for the future?
SHAR: We have two big projects. One is the documentary of us on the road, which is coming together, and then a special show in June. It is going to be a big stage production in Bay City at the Masonic Temple. Those are the only details I can give right now on that. Also we have some interesting show ideas to still flush out, so we always have something in motion.
Review: New recordings?
SEAN: We have a couple songs that need to be tracked and the idea of a new album by winter should be in the cards. We all have songs right now. We all have a lot of ideas; more than we normally have. So not to record is foolish. LEAP was the tip of the iceberg I feel. Since we finished it we are all in the creative juice music-making mode.
MONTE: We certainly do have enough new original songs for another full-length album right now, but we didn't just want to get to 14 new songs and then just put them on an album. We want to have, say, 30 new songs and then choose from those, which deserve to go on the new album to make sure it's the best product we can put out there.
Review: More extensive touring?
MONTE: Right now we are getting new material going and have been thinking about freshening up our live show. If we get in the studio this summer I say we hit the road late fall so we don't have to do the whole "Michigan" Winter thing. Haha
Review: Monte, I heard that your brother is filming a documentary of BC. Is this true?
MONTE: Sort of, but not quite. The documentary is not just about us, but more about the current state of the independent music scene and how hard it is to Do It Yourself in today's climate. We are one of the bands the documentary follows to showcase the struggle and they followed us during our West Coast Tour last summer. The doc will include some high up music industry corporate suit types talking about their end of the spectrum while we're on the road living it from our end. It should be a really interesting story when it's all said and done. It likely will be out sometime next year.
Review: Why is Sean Drsydale considered the sexiest bass player of the Great Lakes Bay Region? (you know how bass players are)
SEAN: I don't really think of myself as a sexy or sexiest bass player. I make white paper look tan, have the red hair and am 5'8" on a good day. I appreciate the ego rub but just being a good bass player is fine by me.
Review: Any last words
MONTE: Just thanks to everybody whose been continuing to come out and show their love and support to us the last 8 years. We've grown and evolved so much, as musicians, as writers, as performers, and as people. We have more in us, that's for sure, and just hope everybody stays interested and keeps coming out to watch us.
SHAR: We've been working at this for a long time and I'm excited about where it's heading from here. We have a lot of room to grow and expand and I hope everybody will come on that ride with us.
SEAN: There are a lot of new and exciting changes for the TBC. Recording is a must and moving forward is the always. I just want people to hear the EP and come see us live. The only people who don't know what we sound like, it seems, are people in the local area. We are not a bubble gum band anymore. I get asked that all the time. Or the “I haven't heard you in years”. If that is the case check us out. You are only as strong as your foundation of where you come from. We are a rock band that will melt your angst and put you in a good mood. TBC - Its okay to like it!