Loose Bolts is an American alternative/rock band led by singer-songwriter Ian Brice, currently based in Northwest Florida. The name "Loose Bolts" was “loosely” inspired by the cover art of TGUK’s 1997 album “Something To Write Home About.” The idea of a stage moniker always appealed to Brice more so than trying to compensate for any perceived lack of authenticity by using his birth-given name. Years from now, this project will have produced a thorough body of work, and each album or collection of songs containing a perceived through-line will be the body’s “loose bolts” that tie together a framework made up of musical and ideological influence.
As a kid, Brice had to sneakily consume what some define as “secular” music. Otherwise, Switchfoot’s “Beautiful Letdown” was the record that made his world go round. This cured his hunger for subversion until he was gifted an mp3 player around the time that Green Day’s “American Idiot” began challenging young, indoctrinated minds everywhere. Even before all of this transpired, Brice tried his hand with songwriting for the first time at 10 years old. For him, it was reactionary to picking up the guitar. Some of these early experiments ended up on Myspace, and those who heard them generally applauded his efforts. Still, he knew that his work paled in comparison to inspirations such as Conor Oberst or Ben Gibbard. At any rate, even just the few mentioned thus far are great examples of musicians and records that come from a place of conviction and artistic integrity. No one had to explain it to him. To him, these were real artists and if he was going to make music, he was going to be a real artist too. So Brice continued to write lyrics and play the guitar, but extensions of his musical journey would end up on the backburner for a bit once he discovered his natural knack for percussion. At age 15, he would start to obsess over aggressive drummers in bands such as mewithoutYou; “Bullet To Binary” being the first full song he learned by ear on a drum set. Around this same time, Brice “broke edge” and began experimenting with mind-altering substances, not the least of which was marijuana. Among other things, this opened him up to some of the most important music in his life to this day. Music such as Incubus, Bob Marley, and John Mayer’s “Continuum.” Brice became extremely passionate about drumming and eventually became one of the more creative and technically proficient in his area, and musicians around him started to notice. Developing as a musician during his formative years of High School was a detriment to his studies. He was too rebellious for his own good and really only showed effort towards what truly interested him, as you would expect from a musically-inclined teenage stoner. He ended up dropping out and starting a Black/Death Metal band with a local guitarist who was already ahead of the game in constructing interesting and technically robust songs in the vein of bands such as Decapitated or The Black Dahlia Murder. Brice’s drumming was an integral part of this project for around 5 years, during which the outfit became a favorite of Pensacola. During the latter half of this Metal stint, Brice played drums for a Surf/Folk Punk group comprised of his best friends from high school. Most importantly, however, this was when the first group of Loose Bolts songs came to fruition as a 4-track record known as the “Discontent EP.” At a glance, this record was something of a sampler of his vast array of influences. Musically savvy friends would often draw comparisons to projects such as Beck or Portugal The Man in reference to the stylistic ambiguity displayed by the short record. This ethos manifested itself as a labor of love completely written and funded by himself with money he had earned working 3rd shift as a package handler in a Fedex warehouse. To his surprise, “Discontent” received a warm welcome from the Pensacola, Panama City, and Fort Walton Beach music scenes. It was also reviewed by a few different blogs, including the local Beachcomber, but the main takeaway for Brice was the realization that he could make music on his own and people around him would appreciate it. At this point, he started to feel as if he became “replaceable” in this Metal band that he and his friend had started, so he decided to move on after their first Southeastern tour, which was more or less a glorified learning experience. Brice continued writing songs and began to take a serious interest in recording and record producing. He got about 3/4ths of the way into enrolling with Full Sail University but ended up backing out due to the thought of putting himself in debt. He owned a portable hardware recorder and knew enough to start cutting demos of potential new Loose Bolts material, so he made the swift decision to forgo higher education and to give moving away another try. An experience at one of the “emo proms” in Tallahassee inspired him and a friend to attempt assimilating into that scene. To Brice’s surprise, he instead found a lot of trouble with damn near everything besides the music scene; the least of which wasn’t his roommate at the time. These experiences led to priceless moments of self-discovery as well as some of the more lyrically poignant songs he had written at that point. Brice ends up returning begrudgingly to what could be considered his hometown and enrolls in the recording program at the local state college. During this time, he’s employed by two friends and mentors as a live sound engineer at, what was at the time, considered to be one of the most active and eclectic original music venues in the Florida panhandle. He also starts to experience depressive episodes around this time, sometimes leading to suicidal thoughts, as well as the Achilles heel of many songwriters: serious writer’s block. In the last two semesters of his college experience, Brice switches gear and begins putting his efforts into starting the journey of attempting to record and mix every song that he deemed worthy and release them as quickly as possible. He didn’t have an exact game plan, but he knew he had to get moving. Loose Bolts managed to release 3 singles, a 4-song EP of live recordings, and 2 accompanying music videos within the span of 6 months. Multiple blogs, radio stations (terrestrial and internet-based), and Spotify User playlists featured “Lover’s Tears” as well as “This Is Goodbye” and “Only One.” Brice simultaneously managed to break 1k+ followers on both the Loose Bolts Instagram and Facebook pages, gained 100+ Youtube subscribers, and played 40+ live shows. It’s plain to see that the boy with Loose Bolts has the audacity to propel himself forward even when he’s got to do it all on his own while living in a relatively small town just outside of a beach-happy tourist trap. Brice is currently in the process of recalibrating and preparing to release multiple projects throughout 2020. These projects will display his influences, as well as his production and songwriting prowess, in a more refined and concise way. 2019 was a year of experimentation. 2020 is a year of implementation. Loose Bolts forever. Thanks for listening.