Blue Room Conspiracy
Welcome to the Blue Room Conspiracy, a unique exploration of sound within the modern rock genre. It is the sole creation of singer, songwriter, engineer, producer and main instrumentalist Robert Dearing in Tempe, Arizona. The Blue Room Conspiracy asks to take it's listeners on a journey where they can experience dark hypnotic grooves melded with a cool stylized intensity that is woven around clever and emotional storytelling. CMJ said of an earlier release by The Zero Hour '...engaging and worthy of repeated listens.' This holds even more truth today! Robert started his career with a four-track recorder and a desire to create his own interesting style of music. He cut his teeth playing bass and singing backups in the power pop punk band G-Whiz, but found he had a desire to go in darker directions like those of Nick Cave, The Cult, and Bauhaus. He forged out on his own with more four-track recordings and along the way shopped his music to labels he felt might be interested in his style. He went to Mesa Community College where he studied Music and Composition. While there, he met David Galas a talented budding musician with similar musical interests. They both bought eight-track recorders and continued to hone their skills as engineers and songwriters. Robert soon found his way to Oakland, California where he played with several bands while he continued to write and record his solo music. In 1994 he moved to the Seattle, Washington area but, after six months of rain and frustration, he moved back to Tempe. In 1995 he released--to some local success and airplay--his first solo CD under the project name of The Zero Hour. He received many favorable reviews in the local and national press but was unable to compete on a national level without a band. He restarted the process of finding a band and began creating a more professional recording environment. This led to the local band Opus X in which he decided to focus on bass and vocals with a decidedly morphine-esque quality to them. At the beginning, the band struggled with many different guitarists and for a short time David Galas joined the band. Robert's interest in recording had blossomed during the interim and he built and equipped a full-fledged professional recording studio. He eventually met Jeff Haggard a talented guitarist who helped meld Opus X into a successful group. After a year of playing engagements and recording it's first CD, the band discovered it had to change it's name because the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company had won all rights to the Opus X name. With a difficult name change to Level 7 and growing internal problems, the band lost steam and eventually disbanded. Robert felt a driving need to write and record solo music again as well as focusing more on recording local bands, singers, and musicians. A few years later, armed with the skills and knowledge attained through years as a recording engineer and producer, he felt it was time to share his creative vision with the rest of the world. He sold his house and recording studio and decided to focus solely on writing and recording his own music and the Blue Room Conspiracy was born. Comparison and influences are always subjective but his vocals are reminiscent of Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, and Mark Sandman. The guitars remind one of Nirvana and PJ Harvey, and the arrangements are in the vein of Morphine or Queens of the Stone Age. Robert believes these are the sounds that make Blue Room Conspiracy commercially viable yet still fresh and original.
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