Interview With Dale Thompson: Bride Is Back!

Updated on May 29, 2018
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

Based out of Kentucky, Christian hard rockers, Bride, have been writing and performing since the mid '80s. Running the gamut from classic hard rock to blues, and even bluegrass, their audience is as broad as their musical output. Releasing classic albums like Silence Is Madness, Snakes in the Playground and Kinetic Faith, Bride is also not afraid to push boundaries, both lyrically and musically. Now, with a new release, Snake Eyes, on the Horizon, vocalist and lyricist Dale Thompson took some time to sit down with me and answer some questions about music, faith, and food.

Interview With Dale Thompson of Bride

Justin W. Price: Can you give my readers a little background on Bride? How and when did the band form?

Dale Thompson: My brother Troy and I formed Bride in 1985 after a three year stint as Matrix. Troy and I had always played music together from childhood. I was the original bassist and vocalist in the band but felt burdened by the bass.

JP: What are some of the various incarnations of the band, both personnel wise and in sound?

DT: Bride started as a heavy metal band, then in the 90's we lightened a bit to play more hard rock. Probably the tightest we ever were was in the Kinetic Faith and Snakes in the Playground days. Jery McBroom was on drums and Rik Foley was playing bass then. We played about 300 live shows together. The more we played the better we became. After Rik departed the band never hit on all cylinders again.

JP: What is the current lineup for Bride?

DT: Bride is just Troy and I and whoever wants to add something to the mix. Troy and I were always Bride and always will be Bride. We certainly have been made better by some of our past band members but that is what art is all about.

JP: Who are your primary influences?

DT: Early days Bride was influenced by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dep Purple and my vocal influences come from there as well as Led Zeppelin. There was a time when I was really into Steven Tyler and Andrew Wood from Mother Love Bone but oddly though there are comparisons I never pulled influences from Axl Rose.

Dale Thompson of Bride records vocals in studio
Dale Thompson of Bride records vocals in studio | Source

JP: What is the meaning behind the name Bride?

DALE: John the Revelator saw the city of New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven as a Bride adorned for her husband and that sounded good to me.

JP: Bride has been around for a long time. What is your favorite Bride album and song?

My favorite Bride albums and songs change from year to year. My favorite song to play live was always Hired Gun because I got to do a lot of improv on the song live.

JP: On the flip side, do you have any Bride albums or songs that you don’t care for?

Bride: The only Bride CD that bothers me and mainly because of the musical arrangement is Incorruptible. I don't think the album can be appreciated unless a person listening starts at about Song 5 or 6 and starts the CD from there.

JP: You live in New Zealand by way of Kentucky. How did that happen and what is it like living in New Zealand?

DALE: New Zealand is a very peaceful mostly secular society but I can over look the secular influences and enjoy the country itself. Less violence than the States and much more political transparency. I have been here almost 4 years. I was brought here because I fell in love with an amazing woman who was a Kiwi via The Netherlands. Life is wonderful here with her.

Bride: "Snakes in the Playground"

JP: Where do you see Bride over the next decade?

DALE: We are coming out of retirement probably to go straight back into retirement. Troy and I both are busy with our lives and we have given so much to the Christian metal and rock world already. I feel this new CD Snake Eyes is needed now for the Christian community but I can't see Bride past that.

JP: Is there a lyrical theme to Bride? Are there any issues that you find yourself covering over and over again?

DALE: I seem to sing about Jesus a lot. I suppose He is the main theme of what we do and why we are doing it after 30 years.

JP: What is the songwriting process like for Bride? Is there a primary song writer or is it a collaborative effort?

DALE: Song writing has always been, Troy writes the songs, I write the vocals and come up with the vocal melodies. We both collaborate on the arrangements. In the old days once Troy and I had written the songs we would present them to the rest of the band and if other members had ideas or input we would entertain them. If it made sense we would use parts from other players which are reflected in our credits.

JP: Tell me about the new record. How did it come about? Musically, what is it like?

DALE: Snake Eyes, is a rocking Masterpiece. It is the Bride people have been wanting to hear. Troy and I have made sure of that and surrounded ourselves with awesome Brazilian players.

Dale Thompson of Bride performs Live
Dale Thompson of Bride performs Live | Source

JP: Are there any epic Bride tour pranks?

DALE: Too many to list, some too dangerous to expose... there is one where one tour we would take two vans. We would have firework wars while driving the interstates of America. That almost ended up in a disaster. That is the day we grew up a bit and calmed the antics.

JP: Bride is a Christian band with a largely Christian following. You describe yourself as a universalist. How does that term mean to you and have you taken heat for it from fans of Bride? If you have, how do you handle it?

DALE: The term Universalist is a broad term which I define simply as God wins and the devil loses.

JP: Is there a particular show, festival or tour that stands out to you as the best one?

DALE: Our tour with Stryper in the early 90's was my most favorite tour. We learned a lot from those guys. Our most favorite place on the planet to play live will always be Brazil.

JP: Does Bride still perform live?

DALE: Bride's last live show was 6 or 7 years ago after former Bride guitarist and good friend Steve Osbourne took his own life and we played his memorial in Louisville Kentucky. I did not see any reason to play live again after that. Since then I have missed touring but have no tour plans.

JP: Do you have any advice to young musicians out there about how to handle yourself in the industry?

DALE: I am not for sure there is a industry but within the community of Christian hard rockers just put Jesus first and always be bold. We are at war against spiritual wickedness in high places so we must be ready.

Bride: Silence is Madness
Bride: Silence is Madness | Source

JP: What is your favorite food?

DALE: I like all foods. Mexican right now sounds good. The spicier the better.

JP: Outside of music, what are your favorite things to do?
DALE: I used to box, powerlift and be a real monster physically. These days I love to paint with acrylics. I have three other bands I do vocals for right now, so I stay busy in the arts.

JP: Bride is given the option to tour with four bands for your dream tour. Who are those bands?

DALE: A Christian tour? Stryper, Scared Warrior, Bloodgood and Guardian. A secular tour? I would have loved to have played with Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Dio and probably Guns N' Roses.

JP: With all of the bands out there, why should people devote their time to listening to your music and going to your shows? What makes you guys different and special?

DALE: The music speaks for itself. I don;t think I need to talk it up too much. It is genuine rock created out of blood, sweat and tears.

JP: Where can folks purchase your music and keep up to date on upcoming shows and events?

DALE: Bride is signed to Retroactive Records. You can find most of our music through them.

JP: Is there anything else you would like to add?

DALE: I have a lot of music being released this year. Bride "Snake Eyes" will probably be the first to be released, then I see Perpetual Paranoia a very heavy band I have formed with Tiago James de Souza should be released nexted through Rottweiler Records. I have recorded even a third project called No Other God N.O.G. CD called "Take it by Storm" that will be released this year as well. And if you have not heard The World Will Burn... Alan Zaring and I have two albums out under that name and will begin writing a new CD later this year. Yep busy for the Lord.

"All Hallow's Eve" by Bride

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      • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

        Justin W Price 

        2 months ago from Juneau, Alaska

        Keith, Thanks for reading. That's my favorite Bride era as well.

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        Keith Abt 

        2 months ago from The Garden State

        I dig these guys. Stylistically they'be been all over the map but the Kinetic Faith/Snakes in the Playground era was definitely the best "pocket" for them.

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