by Dan Gibson
You might remember that Josh Skibar and James Muñoz from the band were part of the Inglorious Budsters, profiled in our February 10th issue, but in the band accomplished quite a bit in their ten years, moving from playing gigs at Skrappy's to opening for Linkin Park at giant amphitheaters, touring the world and releasing four albums.
From Jarret Keene's 2003 feature on the band for the Weekly:
Now that members of The Bled have become hardcore heroes, Muñoz sees small yet significant changes in Tucson's underground scene.
"Since we've been gone so long recording and touring, things are different," Muñoz says. "There are more kids at shows, but nothing too drastic. There are a lot of younger musicians who seem inspired now that we've done something. They've got some confidence."
The Bled is always confident when the band plays Skrappy's, an all-ages venue in downtown Tucson.
"It's probably the best thing we've got," Muñoz says. "Every young Tucson band owes a lot to Skrappy's. The people who run it take a financial loss, but they do it for the kids. The place has done so much that we won't play anywhere else (in Tucson). We don't want to help someone else make money."
Admittedly, there's little money in the all-ages hardcore scene. But The Bled hopes, at the very least, to make an impact on contemporary music.
"It's hard to stand out in this genre and make an impression," says Muñoz. "But by being progressive, we can reach out past the limitations. Currently, we're working on this new song, and it's whole lot different guitar-wise from what we've done in the past. It's definitely got a progressive feel."