Burning Stars: Introduce yourself to all of the people who visit the site and tell them something about you that you feel they should
Brandon Thomas (vocals): I'm Brandon Thomas and I like gummy bears in my yogurt
BS: Most people know you as the front-man for Bleed the Dream, when you made the transition from BTD to Oshianis to Phantom
Communique did you notice a difference in how people saw you as a musician? (since all the bands sound different)
Brandon: When I parted ways with Bleed The Dream I wasn't sure how people would see me or hear my music, Oshianis only lasted
for one summer before I decided to move back to Maryland to find the music I wanted to play and the guys I wanted to play it with.
I knew I wanted to go back to heavier more aggressive music, but I also knew I had found a side of myself I didn't know was there
while in Bleed The Dream.
BS: You're currently recording in LA, how is the process this time around with the phantom boys? Do you have a release date in
Brandon: The recording process is smooth as could be with these boys. that's why I picked them, very professional but at the same
time they are passionate and driven. They believe in what we are doing as much as I do and none of us are scared to get in and get
our hands dirty.
BS: Do you write songs before you go into the studio to record? Every band/musician is different so can you shed some light on
your writing process (do you need to be alone or do you work best on the road)? How many songs have you written and is there a
Brandon: This time around we had all the songs ready to go when we went in to record. We put in the time and work before hands
so we could spend more time on sounds and tones in the studio.
BS: Which do you prefer, being in the studio or being on tour? Or perhaps you love both, but if you were to pick one or the other
could you tell us who you'd like to have studio time with or who you'd like to tour with and why?
Brandon: Funny you should ask that, all the guys around here are studio rats if you will. They live to be in the studio and tweak on
tones and new equipment and such. They geek out and speak a language I do not understand. I'm a road dog....I like to wake up in
a strange place and deal with new people on a daily. I go fuckin nuts if I'm in one place to long. besides, I do this to be on stage, not
to be locked in a house on the hill worried about if my voice is raspy or not, I live to perform. And if I could tour with anyone it
would be Faith No More.
BS: You have been in different bands for about 10 years, what has been the most memorable experience and why?
Brandon: I would have to say making this record. the path that lead me here was memorable but being here and now is exiting, I
feel fresh and I have a whole new out look on things.
BS: What's the weirdest/craziest thing that has ever happened to you while you were on tour? Was it something a fan did or said or
was it totally random by someone who had no idea who you were? Where did this happen?
Brandon: Wow...if I told you all those stories.. I'd be in jail. but if ya get a few drinks in me I might be more inclined to squeal. I will
say this, I have had quite a few crazy things happen to me in London Ont. for sure.
BS: You've toured all over the world with the various bands you've been in, where is your favorite place to tour and why?
Brandon: I'd say Japan was my fav. The people are so nice and the food and drink kick ass to. I loved it there, can't wait to go back.
BS: Back to a more serious note, what should phantom fans expect this year? There's the CD and a tour to promote it, but do you
have anything else planned?
Brandon: We will release the CD in late spring/early summer and we will be out touring on it in the U.S. Canada and the rest of the
BS: Is there anything else that you'd like to add or tell the kids that may be reading this? Any last words or final thoughts, if you
Brandon: The record will be called THE WOLF AND THE SHEEP and we put allot of love, hate, blood sweat and tears in to this
thing and we hope you guys like it enough to come see us.
Phantom Communique interview by: Megan Murphy