LOCAL ACT: Treading Bleu


Treading Bleu album release show
wsg. Overly Polite Tornadoes, Dave Johnson
Shakespeare’s Lower Level, Kalamazoo

June 14, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show
21+, $5, shakespearespub.com, 269.488.7782

Treading Bleu has taken a lot of steps on the way to the release of their full-length debut, Stories Telling Themselves.

Forming out of open mic nights at Kalamazoo’s Old Dog Tavern, the rock quartet is made up of West Michigan music veterans Stacy Koviak-Davison (vocals/guitars), Chris Miroslaw (lead guitar), John Cooperider (bass) and Rob Cooperider (drums). They take influence from everything from ‘90s alternative to folk, blues, and jazz, wrapping their years of collective experience playing around Koviak-Davison’s immensely personal songwriting.

“Sometimes there is a definite story to tell, but what I am most passionate about is capturing a feeling or mood in each song,” Koviak-Davison told Recoil. “I am a strong believer of each listener finding a piece or phrase or a feeling within a song that they can latch onto and associate with… Sometimes that is more powerful than a precisely detailed story laid out within a song. Other times when I write there is a very specific event or person in mind driving that story in the lyrics and in the music.”

Treading Bleu recorded Stories Telling Themselves with Mike Roche at Broadside Productions in Kalamazoo over the last two years. The band financed the recording sessions themselves by playing shows, so they wouldn’t feel rushed to complete the album in a short time.

“It’s been a fantastic experience,” John Cooperider said. “We had an idea of how things were going to sound, but we all wanted to approach it with open minds and make the best-sounding album we could, allowing the songs to evolve in the studio.  We each brought in new ideas and Mike was a crucial element to the whole process. We learned a lot and are very happy with the final result.”

With Rob Cooperider splitting time between Kalamazoo and Cleveland, where he also drums in another band, Treading Bleu feels their city’s music scene doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

“We’ve played at most places around town and Kalamazoo is really lucky to have so many great venues for bands that play original music,” Cooperider said. “Rob has commented that Kalamazoo is a more band-friendly city than Cleveland in some ways.

“A lot of people talk about the Kalamazoo music scene of the mid-90s as the glory days, [and] there was a lot of great music in the city in those days. But really, there are just as many great musicians around now as there were then.”

In addition to headlining Shakespeare’s for the first time with the Stories Telling Themselves release show June 14, Treading Bleu has also recently finished a music video for the album’s title track, and will play The Hot Spot in Owosso June 13 and Old Dog Tavern June 29. For more, check out treadingbleu.com. –Eric Mitts

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