Blake Arambula of Glass Mansions Interview

1. Welcome to LivingTheVanLife! For those who may not know you, can you state your name and your role in the band?
My name is Blake Arambula and I’m the keyboardist and guitar player in the band.

2. If your band were to be trapped in The Hunger Games, who would last the longest and what would each member’s strategy be?
My strategy would be to blast Toto’s “Africa” at all my opponents, because I know when I hear it it always destroys me. I think Patrick would survive longest because he only needs black coffee and cigarettes to survive. Once on tour, he survived being lost in NYC with no cigarettes, no cell phone and no money and somehow still found the rest of the band holding up in a Queens garage. The only thing holding him back from winning might be both his superpower and his fatal flaw – the power of indifference. :shrugs: Jayna might have a chance of winning, because her superpower is being convincing. She could convince everyone else to just, you know, die. She actually convinced me to write that as her answer, so that might be the key to her victory.

3. In three words, how would you describe your music?
Ambitious. Powerful. Dramatic.

4. If you had to choose one of your songs to show to someone who may be hearing your band for the first time, what song would you pick? Why?
I would let them listen to our song “Nightswimming,” as a good first taste of the band, because it show hints of both our past and present sounds together. We are really proud of how it turned out and I think it showcases our evolution as songwriters while maintaining classic elements that we’ve always brought to the table – fun rhythms, catchy hooks and clever lyrics.

5. You recently released your music video for “Nightswimming,” how has the response been so far?
Everyone has really been taking the song well. It has seemed to spark this great interest in our older fans and also won over many new ones since its release. This year, we’ve made a point to a more visual band, debuting new music in the form of music videos in order to give the audience our full vision of the song. We filmed it with Shae Winston and his really expensive camera, and told him to make sure the light caught us at all the right angles. He obliged, and was able to connect with us on our vision.

6. What was your favorite memory while recording the music video?
We were filming the video on an abandoned mall rooftop and were in the middle of shooting a full performance shot when two cop cars rolled up with lights flashing. I thought we were going to get shut down and the video idea scrapped because we would making so much noise, but when the cops got out of their cars and came over to us, all they did was ask if we wanted any bottles of water since we were shooting all day in the hot sun. They were excited we were filming!

7. You are currently out on tour until the end of March, what would you say are your top 5 must have tour items?
Air Mattress made for a car (google it), jumpstarter/tire inflator/portable battery combo (what I’m using to power the computer I am writing this on!), extra underwear (because, ew), warm clothes (because Chicago is freezing), and plenty of water and multivitamins to stay hydrated and healthy! Ok that’s 6, but still all essential!

8. Thank you for doing this interview! Before we go, is there anything that you would like to say to our readers?
We just want to thank everyone for being so supportive of “Nightswimming” and making this tour and spending hours and hours in the van just to see your smiling faces all worth it! More new music coming soon!

Remaining Tour Dates-
Wednesday 3/15 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail
Sunday 3/19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Mix
Tuesday 3/21 – Lafayette, LA @ Steam Press Cafe
Thursday 3/23 – Mobile, AL @ Merry Widow
Friday 3/24 – Montgomery, AL @ Head on the Door
Saturday 3/25 – Carrollton, GA @ Alley Cat
Sunday 3/26 – Atlanta, GA @ NOPHEST

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