By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski , The Entertainer!
Blessthefall singer Beau Bokan spent plenty of time at Tempe Marketplace, shopping for T-shirts or digging through magazines at Barnes & Noble Booksellers looking for stories about his Valley-based quintet.
Now living in British Columbia with his singer-wife Lights, Bokan is returning to Tempe Marketplace, but in a different capacity. On Thursday, May 9, Blessthefall is headlining a show on The District Stage.
“I’ve been there countless times,” Bokan says. “I used to sneak into the movie theater a bunch. When my wife and I started dating she said, ‘I don’t do that.’ So, I said I would pay.
“I would go to the premieres, the big movies, like ‘Batman.’ I’d buy skinny jeans at Hot Topic. There’s a frozen yogurt place I like, and the bookstore with the Starbucks in it, which is great. I’d go in there and buy my magazines there, if I knew were coming out in AP (Alternative Press) or something like that. I knew Tempe Marketplace would be getting that issue. Then I’d take all the magazines and open the pages to our story.”
Since the five-piece metalcore band formed in 2003, Blessthefall has released six albums, the latest of which is 2018’s “To Those Left Behind.” Blessthefall released a video for “Welcome Home” in late April.
“We recorded our last record at an Airbnb in Scottsdale,” Bokan says. “We give our hometown credit for cultivating the band and the scene. It’s always good to have that core fanbase who’s always going to be there for you.”
Recording in Scottsdale made the process more comfortable for the band, most of whom still live in the Valley.
“It was definitely a new experience for them; to record an album and go home afterward,” he says. “Usually, we stay in remote locations and you don’t get to see anyone for a month and a half. It was super rad. It was a nice Airbnb. We could do things in Scottsdale like go to Taco Tuesdays.”
Blessthefall is considering its next move. Bokan was unsure when new songs would appear.
“We’re talking about it now,” he says. “The album is a year old, but the way music works now, everyone’s plopping out new music, and putting out content.
“We have to get on that trend and put out new singles and see how it goes. At this point in our career, we don’t take anything too seriously, as far as putting pressure on ourselves. We’ve had a great career. We’ve been together for 10 years. We’re looking to step outside of our box. We’re influenced by new bands and musicians. We let that shine in our music.”
These days, Bokan is influenced by his wife, Lights Poxleitner-Bokan, who is working on a project with Deadmau5.
“My wife is a huge inspiration,” he adds. “She’s always telling me she wants us to do acoustic stuff and that we would kill it. She’s working with Deadmau5 in the United Kingdom. She’s always stepping outside of her wheelhouse and doing DJ stuff with her songs. I want to do something cool and creative so fans will say (wow), ‘I didn’t see this coming.’”
If You Go:
Blessthefall w/Palisades Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.966.9338, tempemarketplace.com, 7 p.m., free.