What was the genesis for the band?
Matt Grundy: Mark [Clayden] and I had been talking about putting together a band like this for years, but only decided to really put things into motion while we were touring on Ozzfest in 2000 with Pitchshifter. We started writing songs on the road and jamming with Chris [Billam] when we got home. We got to know Karl [Middleton] when we toured Europe with his old band Earthtone9 later that year, and then the U.K. in 2001.
Towards the end of 2001 the band really started to gain momentum. I left Pitchshifter to give it my full attention; Will [Burchell] joined, adding another guitar to the line-up; and we settled on the name The Blueprint. I guess that was the point when it started to feel like a proper band.
Who are the band members and what are their backgrounds?
Matt: Myself -- I've played guitar, bass and various electronic stuff in a few bands, most recently Pitchshifter. Mark Clayden, bass player of Pitchshifter. Karl Middleton, who was formerly vocalist of Earthtone9. Chris Billam, who plays drums in Consumed. And Will Burchell, who plays guitar in Consumed.
Your EP has just come out and you recently finished up a tour. How were both received?
Matt: We went down really well on the tour, which is something I'm still buzzing about. It's great that people connect with our music. The EP has had a mixed response. Web and 'zine reviews have been really good, but the mainstream press seem to get really hung-up on the fact that we've been in other bands and only want to review things from a comparative standpoint.
Were you surprised by the reaction of both fans and press?
Matt: Not really, but I don't think we really gave it much thought. We were to busy being excited about what we were doing.
The U.K. press seems enamored to a lot of the emo/indie-punk bands out of the U.S. Is the support the same for local bands there?
Matt: It has been recently. Bands like Hundred Reasons have caught the attention press and paved the way for a lot of bands.
Having both dedicated numerous years to other primary projects, and having seen and been through the business end of the music world, what are your expectations with The Blueprint? Did you approach anything differently with this band than with others?
Matt: I think going into this band we had all decided that the purpose of it was to do things our way, on our own terms, to make the music we wanted to make, to give it time to grow and develop and not to let it get diluted or compromised.