Bridgette Oliver Q&A
This spring, Oklahoma based rockers Siva Addiction released their sophomore album, Bad Decisions. This week, Metalholic caught up with vocalist Bridgette Oliver to discuss the new album, her early career in country music, her tattoos, and much more.
Siva Addiction was formed five years ago. In fact their debut gig was a house party on New Year’s Eve, 2006. The current lineup features Oliver, drummer Brandon Fields, bassist Jesse Slone, and guitarists Andy Hopkins and Vince Lindstrom. The group released a demo in 2008 and followed it up with their debut album, Artifice in 2009. This year the band released its follow-up album Bad Decisions, which has already spawned the hit single, “One Night Rodeo”.
Oklahoma City is not necessarily the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of hard rock and metal. In fact, one is more likely to think of country music; which is where Bridgette Oliver initially began her singing career.
“I’ve always enjoyed singing,” confided Oliver. “I’ve been singing since I was little bitty. I started doing country professionally when I was 12. I was singing in Las Vegas and doing big stuff for a kid.” Oliver shared that her grandparents who initially supported her in her music were the ones that reeled her back in so she could go to school and have a semi-normal life.
“When I was about 21 I decided that country wasn’t my realm. I’d toured and done all sorts of stuff through my teenage years with it. I decided it was sort of like being a glorified karaoke singer. And I’m not saying that that’s all country singers. And I’m not saying that’s typical for the genre. I’m just saying that’s how I personally felt. When I came to rock I was looking for the camaraderie of having a group of guys that wanted the same goals and aspirations.”
Oliver related that it was the discovery of Chris Cornell and Soundgarden that really opened her eyes to what could be. “Black Hole Sun” was the song that transformed my thought process on how I could write lyrics. It went from the very straightforward country literal– this happened, and this happened, and this happened — to you could be more ambiguous: You could say something without really saying anything. And it was left to interpretation. And I loved it.”
You can listen to the full Siva Addiction interview with Bridgette below, and check out the band’s newest video for “One Night Rodeo”.