Iowa rockers Blake Bedsaul (bass/vocals), Zach Bedsaul (guitar/vocals), and Adam Chilton (drums/percussion) are pushing the boundaries of progressive metal music as Saul learns more about the ever-changing landscape of music every day.
It never ends. Music is a journey of discovery. Working with time signatures gives the music movement throughout a song. Blake stated, “Everything I wanted to know about music, I am learning right now.” One of the most essential parts of any music education is sharing your knowledge with other musicians. Blake is a teacher and has been giving guitar lessons to his seven-year-old daughter on a weekly basis. He has added other students to the fold and finds that through teaching, he is inspired to be a better artist himself.
Perfection is elusive. In songwriting, the three member of Saul bring a trio of views and talents to the table. No matter how hard, or how long they work on a song, it is never perfect. Often it is difficult to know when to stop. Blake explained, “I think the song is just done when it’s good, because I think you can add too much, or it can be too little.” Blake begins with a clear idea for what he wants in a song, then combines ideas from Zach and Adam to create the music of Saul. But it is always hard for a musician to quit, because each song is so personal to them. Many times the recording process is agonizing. Saul does small recordings throughout the writing process, but when the song is fully recorded, they can generally find changes they would have made. From a fan point of view, the end result is cohesive, relevant, and thrilling to listeners who would not change a thing.
Success is fleeting. In 2012, Saul was on the way up. Many of their videos have well over 10,000 views each. They had played on festival stages with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including bands they grew up listening to. Saul was invited to work on their next album with a highly-respected sound engineer, who had recorded the top artists in the business. The excitement quickly turned to horror as they met with a man so drunk he could not operate his own equipment, let alone help Saul to sound their best. It was a disaster, saved only by a kind engineer who stepped in at the last minute. Saul left with only one song finished. It was a crushing blow to have invested so much time and money into a dream, only to come home with next to nothing.
Actions speak louder than words. A bolide is an extremely volatile meteor that explodes in the atmosphere. “Bolide” may be a funny name for a song, but aptly describes the serious (and frightening) issue of stalking. Lyrics from the song say, “This thread in which I hang/I strangle, but I wait/It’s hollow/It’s cold/My humble abode” describing how a stalker can take over your life. Stalkers prey on people from all walks of life, with little consideration for the person they have chosen. Stalkers do not love their victims, they love the power they have over them. There is little recourse to stop them and no place is safe, not even your own home, as every part of your life is violated.
Saul’s live performance is thrilling, with stunning harmonies by the Bedsaul Brothers and solid musicianship backing them. Each song is distinctly different, but easily recognizable as Saul. Featuring songs from their album The Touching of Parallels, Saul rocked the Foundry in Cleveland with the perfect contrast of rhythms and engaging time signatures. The music progresses through movements, like a symphony, but do not let the soft, sweet intro fool you. Saul can rock heavy in the powerful lyrics delivered by Blake and Zach, who put a wide spectrum of emotion in each song. Saul will release a new single after the holidays and will hit the road with Bobaflex for a Winter tour. Currently they are putting the finishing touches on a new EP, which fans can expect sometime next year.