Good Morning Bedlam, a band with Rochester roots that values good food and long back rubs, is comprised of vocalist and guitarist Isaak Elker (20), vocalist and fiddle player Sophia Mae Beyer (18), banjo player Noah Pearson (18), and bassist Jonathan Muroya (18). This past June, the band embarked on a forty-show tour crossing fifteen states and cities including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Nashville in support of their first full length album, Prodigal.
507: How did your band name originate?
Elker: We like the idea of greeting each new day of chaos because we know we are not in control.
507: Describe your music.
Pearson: It is primarily folk music with jazz, bluegrass, and gypsy influences.
507: What was the experience of recording Prodigal like?
Pearson: Isaak actually recorded it at Minneapolis Community and Technical College as part of his thesis project for his audio engineering degree.
Elker: It was a special experience to have total creative authority over our album.
507: What was your summer tour like?
Elker: We had a wonderful time touring. It’s hard work, loading in and out at all hours of the night, traveling, finding food, trying to stay healthy, physically and emotionally, but we accomplished it.
Pearson: One great day on tour we played some songs on the radio in Philly and that night we came back and played an intimate house show in the backyard of the family we were staying with.
507: How did you go about arranging shows?
Elker: It took a lot of time, a lot of emails, and a lot of phone calls! We started booking the tour back in January.
507: Where was the worst or strangest place your tour took you?
Pearson: In Indianapolis we actually played at a redneck biker bar, which we were not expecting.
Elker: In Cincinnati we played at a bar that can only be described as the emo version of Sesame Street. There were so many strange art pieces with arms attached reaching out to grab you.
507: What was the hardest thing about touring?
Pearson: Missing common comforts like sleeping in one bed every night and having food be freely available.
507: What advice to you have for local bands interested in touring?
Elker: Know that everything is your responsibility…you will work so hard, and still gigs won’t work out, venues will treat you badly, or not explain things to you. This means that it is really important to work as a team in your band, and not get discouraged by little things going wrong. Just remember that every time someone buys a cd, you have a new fan in a new area talking about you!
Pearson: Make sure to check your air mattress for holes BEFORE going on tour.
507: If you could defy space, time, and financial constraints, what show would you see?
Elker: I would probably want to see The Avett Brothers opening for Amy Winehouse, opening for the Beatles.
Beyer: My dream line-up would be the jazz greats. Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.