The Nashville, Tennessee, rock band The Opposed has big plans for the new year. The band plans on releasing their next record this summer, and today is the world premier of their new music video “If I Said” directed by Bill Cornelius. We had a chance to catch with bassist/vocalist CJ Wheeler to see how the band was doing. Check out our interview below.
Thanks for talking with me today. Could you tell us a little bit about the band? Where your roots are, how did you guys get started?
Thank you for allowing us to speak with you.
We started the band originally in 2007 as a 3 piece progressive hard Rock act ( Cj Wheeler, Edwin Rivera, and Brian Volckmann). As our songs became more complex we realized that we needed to add some extra talent and posted on Craigslist (before it got shady).
It took a few months but we found our sound after Matt Singleton and Joey Albin joined the band. We hit the ground running and started playing huge shows. For 3 years we were playing pretty solid. Recorded a very well accepted Ep and even had a few record deals thrown at us. Then life happened. Joey, Brian, and Edwin left the band and we replaced them with Matt’s younger brother Jake and Roland Price.
Started moving from the more progressive hard Rock to a more straight ahead genre. We basically started over. Which was hard but the new sound helped us reach a new audience. Now Matt has left to pursue a Country career and has been replaced by Nathan Wesley. We are now writing a full length album and releasing our new music video on January 1st.
Our roots are all across the board. We take influence from a wide variety of bands ranging from alter bridge to soundgarden. Throw some Kings X and the Black Crowes in the pot and you have our sound. Very riff heavy songs with a soulful vocal vibe. 2014 is going to be a huge year for us with a lot already in the works.
That’s a lot of changes. I definitely noticed the change in styles after I listened to the song What Love Is and then listened to a song like Hyde or When I Fly. Are those songs from your EP?
The change has been hard. You get used to people and start moving in a direction and then it gets paused for a bit. But everything happens for a reason. And I believe it’s to get that perfect blend of people to make this extremely great.
What Love Is was one of the first songs we ever recorded. It had more of a Tool influence especially in the bridge. It is also the second music video we ever made. Bill Cornelius directed it and our first video Mr. Optimist. Both videos are so good that he directed the new video If I Said which comes out new years day.
The version of Hyde and When I Fly that you heard are actually just demos we recorded last year. We have some decent equipment to record with and that’s why they sound as quality as they do. The new album we are going to record won’t actually have those songs on it unless we decide to do an acoustic B side. But the new songs we have been writing lately are killer. Roland, Jake, and I have been in a zone lately and the new songs are some of the best we’ve ever written.
Yeah I thought the video was done really well. So you have been working on a new record. How has that been?
It’s going really well. Fresh blood always makes the writing process easier. The new tracks are just killer and Nathan brings this Cornell feel to the songs that is just amazing.
That’s awesome. When can we expect the new album?
We are shooting for summer. We are currently producing a kickstarter video to get the funding needed to make the best album possible. Quality isn’t cheap and we went the best product we can make. We have the producer lined up and we are finishing up a lot of new songs to really make this album amazing. No short cuts in this production.
That is good news. I am sure a lot of fans will be excited about that. I always though more bands should crowdfund. So how can people find out whats going on with the band?
The easiest way to keep up with us is on the Internet. Facebook.com/theopposed and theopposed.com. We have a Twitter has well. All this social media has really changed the game. You don’t have to be on tour 365 days a year anymore to reach fans and gain new ones. Which is a blessing.