I asked Blue Embrace front man Khaze Pintal to give me some details about himself for this bio. He responded:
“ I’m a little bit Ninja and a little Jedi. However I like to play, anytime you’re ready let me know. I like to get loud.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Their complex sound and energetic stage show is just part of what would require those qualities. Formed over time by trial and error Blue Embrace came to be in 2010 and has shared the stage with Korn, Black Eyed Peas, Shiny Toy Guns and Story of the Year between others. Blue Embrace is:
Oz Chiri: An Argentinian guitarist who immigrated to the United States in 1998. He came here with the inspiration of creating a hard rock band. Oz’s sound is definitely steeped in his Agentinian roots. Oz studied in a Argentinian music conservatory for 6 years, but missed his final exam stating: “I never really cared about degrees.” Think Randy Rhoads meets Steve Vai and splash a little tango energy in there and you get the picture.
To quote: “ Go naughty or go home."Ks vocals are all about dynamics and range, he grew up singing in choirs, and underground bands. A true vocalist for sure. His tone recalls vocalists of the seventies and eighties, but maintains a melodic style all his own.
Animal: Drums. was trained from the age of 6 six as a percussionist. Picked up drum set at the age of 10 and began playing wherever he could. After high school graduation became session player in the LA and Inland Empire area. Studies Jazz primarily and loves to bring the funk.
Jacob Cook: Bass: love for music began young. As a string bass player, his primary focus is Jazz and Classical, but loves to also branch out into the occasional head bang. He is an aspiring music director who hopes to motivate and inspire students and others with music
Blue Embrace writes music that recalls the experimental hard rock of the seventies mixed with the dynamic contrast of modern metal. Picture a small cramped rehearsal studio, poorly lit, feed back slightly permeating through the speakers. Five men hard at work the sound is almost non-existent at some points. Cigarette smoke thin and blue hangs faintly around their heads. Somewhere the smell of a joint still lingers. The vocals phase in and out, soulful. The lead guitar mirrors the melody, but changes it just slightly, much like Miles Davis riffing in years past. The bass, the foundation, is building a slow groove, dark and foreboding. Cymbals swell and mix with the distorted effects of a second guitar. The sound stops.
Suddenly the room is shaking as the five members explode into the last refrain. The pulse much like a freight train gathering speed. The vocals recall a woman or a land long lost. The music moves into a coda, intricate and wild as the guitars and drums traverse a long unison phrase. The smell of sweat. The smoke circles. The song comes to an end. The last note held by the vocalist resonates through the room. Then silence. Exhale. Then laughter. This is Blue Embrace.
The band is currently writing and recording material to be released in October of 2010. They have recently ventured into “webisodes” that will showcase the writing process as well as give insights to the members lives and overall creative process. The “webisodes” will be 5 minute video blogs available through the band’s website: www.blueembrace.com. In addition to viewing these “webisodes” fans are able to interact with the band, check show dates and preview audio from the new album. The band will continue touring the Southern California area through the writing process. For more information visit: www.blueembrace.com, www.myspace.com/bluembrace, www.facebook.com/blue.embrace, www.twitter.com/BlueEmbrace, youtube.com/bluembrace
Blue Embrace is:
Khaze Pintal: Vocals
Oz Chiri: Acoustic, Lead Guitar
Spencer Noble: Rhythm Guitar
Jacob Cook: Bass Guitar
Animal: Drums, Percussion