Black Church Service release special edition 7" at 7th Street Entry


PBR is what runs through the veins of Minnesota hipsters, but that's not how Black Church Service can be described.  Blues and soul influence these four guys who play music for the sake of music.  It takes either dedication and a true appreciation of music for a band to practice twice a week...for five hours at a time.  That's a lot of calloused fingers. 

With their close ties to Pennyroyal, Black Church Service release a unique 7" vinyl titled Side B/Side P this Friday at the 7th St. Entry.  Free PBRs with every vinyl purchase, so get them while the beer's still flowing.



Tyler Cochran - Lead vocals, guitar


Eric Benedict - Guitar
Matt Dornfeld  - Bass
Joe Soderquist - Drums

7" vinyl release will be at the 7th Street Entry with Pennyroyal on Friday, July 15.

21+, $5, 9 pm

Gimme Noise: Where did you get the name Black Church Service?

Black Church Service: It actually comes from an old Muddy Waters quote where he says "if you want to play music, you have to go to church...a black church, because that's where you learn how to put soul into music".

I hear a lot of southern rock influence in BCS, where did this originate from, especially coming from a MN based band?

You guys mentioned what drives you is your love for music, do you feel this is what makes a band successful?  What else do you feel a bands need to "make it"?  And when do you know if you've ever made it?

A band that's more successful than us should probably answer this question; if we knew, we'd probably be much bigger than we are now, but we'll do our best.  Love of music certainly is a huge part of it, but almost everybody loves music.  To set yourself apart you have to be willing to do the work that the other 99% of the population isn't willing to do, and to make the sacrifices that aren't easy.  When it's 2am and you're 6 hours into your third rehearsal of the week and you've got a song that is good, but you keep going because you know you can still do it better...that's the dedication it takes to be successful.  Now we just have to wait and see if we were right.

I don't think you can ever "make it", per se.  Once you feel you've made it,  that's when you get lazy, and you lose the hunger that drives you.

What do you define as success?

Success is in the work, not in the rewards.  There was a time that our definition of success would be getting to play shows at the Turf Chub and 7th Street Entry. Now that has happened and our goals have changed, so success to us is constantly pushing ourselves to the next level, as opposed to a predetermined set of goals.

Why put out a 7" instead of a full album?  Any plans for an album? 

The idea for this 7" came about after hanging out with Pennyroyal one night.  There's a lot of love between our bands, and it just kind of made sense to do a project together.  On our song, "I Know a Girl", Angie from Pennyroyal laid down some amazing vocals, and whenever they play their song "Monday/Tuesday" live, we join them on stage.  So releasing the songs together just made a lot of sense, but we do have plans to release an EP this fall, titled Blood On My Guitar.

More and more bands are giving their music away and making their money through other avenues.  What are your thoughts on this direction of the music industry?

We think it's great.  Certainly artists need to be compensated for their work, and deserve to be rewarded for their efforts.  However, the concept of owning music is very strange.  Not to get overly philosophical, but music is part of a collective conscious.  Each generation building and adding to what the previous generation has done.  So while we write our own songs, and in the legal sense they are our tunes, they really belong just as much to the people we learned from and the people that inspire us.  Hopefully someday, will inspire someone else, so the idea of giving music away makes a lot of sense, because you're just giving back to what someone gave to you.

What are you listening to these days for inspiration?  Locally?  Non-locally? 

The thing we love most about the music scene in Minneapolis is that the caliber of bands here is so high, that we have bands locally that are huge inspirations to us, yet they are very accessible and we have had the opportunity to collaborate with musicians we  truly admire.   Without a doubt the band that inspires us the most is Javier & the Innocent Sons; they truly are a amazing acts that embodies everything that is rock and roll.  Every time we get to play on the same bill as them, for us it feels like were playing with the Rolling Stones.

We also love Pennyroyal who we are doing our 7" split with.  On the surface our bands are very different, however there are so many huge parallels in terms of influence and song structure and an eclectic approach to music.  Those similarities have led into a very strong friendship between our two bands, and we only see it growing.

Finish this statement: "Never have I ever...dreamed that Cities 97 would start playing our music, but they did"