Find Me

Find Me are back with their third studio release after 4 years. The great vocalist Robbie LaBlanc talked to Grande Rock about the new album, his future plans and even his own band Blanc Faces, among other interesting things. Read more below…
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Hi Robbie – I’m glad to have you on Grande Rock. Congrats on “Angels in Blue”, I think it’s the best Find Me release so far! The album has also been chosen as the “Best of Month” on Grande Rock!
R: Thank you so much, it’s much, much appreciated!
It’s been almost 4 years since the previous release, “Dark Angel”. What happened in the meantime and why did it take you that long to come up with a new album?
R: The album was done at least a year before it came out, Frontiers was waiting for the best time to put it out. So for a year I knew what we had in the can and I had to forget about it. I couldn’t wait for the album to come out and playing at Rockingham last year we had a chance to do a couple of the songs. They seemed to get very favorable feedback and I was really, really happy about that.
What are the differences and the similarities among the new album and the previous ones?
R: Although the genre of music is the same, I approached this album much differently vocally. I wanted to have a lot of fun with it and really get the right emotion for every song. It took a little longer to do that but I was happy with the results and knew immediately when the album was mixed that it was my favorite one yet. I was scared about that because when I like something it never does very well, (lol). I’m happy that the CD is getting some really nice reviews.
What has changed in your songwriting formula or the way you approached the songs this time?
R: I don’t write any of the songs, they are all done by outside writers. A lot of the songs are done by the same writers as Find Me 1 and 2. They’re a great and talented bunch of people that write these songs. I never know what the album is until I get all the demos from Daniel. They are all chosen by Serafino, the president of Frontiers records. Then Daniel puts his touch on them in the recording and mixing.
I think that you and Daniel Flores have become a strong duo over the years and you release top quality albums. What’s your say?
R: Well, first of all thank you for saying that. I know Daniel appreciates that too. We know what each other likes and Daniel knows when he sends me the songs what the right keys are and all the arrangements. All I have to do is get the right sound for the song and nail the emotion of the song and I think we have the ingredients for a homerun. I have a lot of faith in him as a producer and mixer and never once did I wish something was different in a mix. He’s got a great knack for making these great rock records. I am very fortunate to have him behind the desk.
What does the title “Angels in Blue” declare? Is there an alternate meaning?
R: It’s really about all the police and firefighters that protect us every day. So much of the time they go unnoticed and all their hard work does as well. It’s only when there’s a crisis that people notice their presence and expect them to be the Saints and Saviors of a dire situation.
Do give us a hint about each track…
R: “No Tears in Paradise”: Great Michael Palace tune. Great opener!
“Chain of Love”: Nicely written pop tune, I enjoyed recording the harmonies in this one.
“True Believer”: I love this one, great chorus hook. Very eighties!
“Straight for Eternity”: Very Journey to me, I pretended I was Steve Perry in the backing vocals…
“Can’t Let Go”: Straight ahead rocker, I just had get the right balance between verses and chorus.
“One Last Kiss”: Really nice ballad. I had Bobby Kimball and Steve Perry in my head on this one.
Living a Lie”: I hear a Foreigner vibe in that one!
“Angels in Blue”: Very unique song, it was hard to sing it. It took a few weeks to get the right feel on that one.
“Show Me What You’d Die For”: Very deep song about humanity. What are we doing on a daily basis to make the world better? I texted Allesandro before I sang the song and he gave me the inspiration for the track.
“Waiting for a Lifetime”: Might be my fav of the disc. I just love singing this one. Can’t explain it!
“You are the Only One”: I love this one too, really heavy!! I thought of Bill Champlin on this one, don’t ask me why!!! Not really his style but he was in my head.
“Only the Lonely”: Great pop tune and closer. I love the hook!
Why did you choose to cover Survivor’s “Desperate Dreams”? Apart from a great track, Jimi Jamison’s performance is astounding. You did a really good job indeed!
R: I love Survivor and wanted to pay a tribute to Jimi, an absolutely amazing singer. I had his pic in the studio and drank some wine and “take 7” was the one that hit me. The guys in the band recorded and mixed that one for free. The CD was finished and I asked them for the extra song. They all knew what it meant to me and were kind enough to do it for no pay whatsoever. I love our band.❤️
What are the changes on the production part on the new album?
R: Daniel would know this question better but I believe he stripped down the production a bit. Made the guitars and drums a little bit more compressed. And really brought some more life and to FM 3. I love the mix of this album.
I do not know if you plan to release any other music/lyric video in the near future, but I do think that “One Last Kiss” should have an official video. Do you plan to release a video for that track?
R: Not at the moment. Possibly “Can’t Let Go” coming soon.
What are your expectations from “Angels in Blue” what do you wish to achieve with Find me over the next years?
R: I really hope we can continue to keep making CDs and music for Frontiers Records. I love working with Daniel, Phil, and all of the band. They’re great guys and very talented guys. I only wish that I could see them in person more and to play more live gigs with them.
What’s the news from Blanc Faces? It’s been almost a decade since your last album, right?
R: You are correct. It’s been 10 years. Primo Bonali will be putting out reissues of both Blanc Faces albums. They will contain some really great bonus tracks. They were recorded in my old studio in Connecticut and at Michael Bolton‘s studio. Some great songs in there that never got released. I’m excited for these to come out. As far as a new CD with my brother, I needle him every day! I hope he comes around and agrees to do another one. I love those albums; I’m a very big fan of my brother’s songs. I write a little bit but he writes the bulk of the material... probably 99.9% of it!
Time for our “weird questions”!!! How did you come up with the name Find Me initially?
R: The name came from Frontiers Records. I had nothing to do with it. They own the rights to the name of the band.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words:
R: Rockstar: Ugggh…
Sci-fi: Cool…
Eurovision: ??
Music Realities: Doobie Brothers…
Best TV series you’ve watched lately?
R: Homeland.
Which music kind can’t you bear to listen to at all?
R: Rap…
Which are the best 3 Rock albums according to you?
R: The Doobie Brothers – “The Captain and Me”, Beatles – “White Album” and Grand Funk Railroad – “Closer to Home”.
Fill in the phrase… “AOR wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
R: The writing and performances…
Which is that band that you’d like to be part of (any time & era)?
R: Toto!
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
R: Doobies – “The Captain and Me”! It’s an amazing mix of rock, soul, blues, and country. It’s an amazing record both in writing and performance. It’s also engineered and mixed phenomenally by Ted Templeman and Donn Landee.
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
R: Nancy Wilson!
Which do you consider to be the best female & male vocalist in rock history?
R: Ann Wilson of Heart and Bobby Kimball of Toto.
If you had the opportunity to invite any famous person, living or dead, over for supper whom would you choose and why?
R: Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons of the Doobies. I’d like to show them what they taught me through their records.
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
R: Again, The Doobie Brothers – “The Captain and Me”!
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
R: I’d choose the past, no internet and cell phones.
That’s all for now Robbie. Thx for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care dude!
R: Everyone, thank you for all your support with our Find Me project. I know it means the world to Daniel and the band and it means the world to me. Thank you beyond words, I love you all, Robbie…