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"We wanted to create something that's just bigger than St. Louis, and this can be," Garea says. "We have a vision for this project, and while it may take time, as a team, we know what we want and where it can go."
Bulawsky asserts that Garea's confidence and New York methods are leading the band down the right path.
"Having Peter around has challenged us to go a little further than we think we can, change the way we think about the band a little bit," Bulawsky says. "Sometimes it feels kind of unnatural, at least from the way we're used to doing things in St. Louis. But in the long run, I think we're taking the right steps to make the whole thing move forward."
Moving forward has included swapping out and adding a few band members, which has changed the dynamics of the group's sound onstage and in the studio.
"It feels like starting over for all of us," Bulawsky says. "The foundation has always been there, but we can do a lot of things soundwise we were never able to do in the past -- parts that we could never play, new arrangements, instruments coming in and out."
"The guys have to push and pull each other creatively, which definitely has been happening and is a total positive," Garea adds.
Bo & the Locomotive will host a listening party for It's All Down Here from Here at the Luminary on August 14, during which supporters can hear tracks from the album, learn about the creation process from Bulawsky and St. Louis producer David Beeman, contribute to the album's pressing and check out work from Canadian album artist Daniel Murphy. Garea believes the whole package could be what puts Bulawsky and friends on the country's radar.
"I want to make Bo into a national touring act," he says. "There's a ton of competition out there, but I really want to champion this project and only see it growing and growing."
The Bo & the Locomotive listening party for It's All Down Here from Here will be held 8-10 p.m. Thursday, August 14, at the Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street. Tickets are $25 and $40 and include various incentives. Purchase tickets here.
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