Hey! This is Eric, bassist from Bravesoul. Boy, what a year it has been! I'd like to update you on a few key events from this very young 2013. Bravesoul has been hard at work completing it's very first album effort. Generously funded by it's amazing family, friends, and fans through Indiegogo.com, this album has been something we've been brewing since, well, since we started playing music many years ago. Well, that's how it feels, at least, to some degree. Perhaps it's just me, but every work of art I contribute to as an artist has a little bit of that initial, raw excitement of playing music for the first time. That excitement of playing something that sounds like you, even if it's just a few notes on a piano or a couple of chords on a guitar, a phrase or tone that is expressive of something deep inside, something deep within your subconsciousness, beyond any human concepts like age, talent, language, maturity, wisdom.
Sideways Guide To Love definitely came out of that place. Since it's release, we've had the absolutely incredible experience of sharing our music, again and again, with people we've known for years, people we've just met, and people who we hadn't met before who found us through the music. I'd like to relate to yall the most amazing example of the latter. A family was riding in a recently purchased used BMW in Lompoc, California, enjoying their first ride. They turn on the radio, and, 'lo and behold, Sideways starts playing. Now, for those of you who don't know California, or for those of you who live in California but don't know where Lompoc is on the map, Lompox is a substantial distance from Los Angeles, where we live. This family enjoyed our music so much that they contacted us on Facebook and drove all the way down to Los Angeles on a Thursday night to hear us play at Hotel Cafe. I see this as the product of two things: this family's own bountiful generosity and amazingness as human beings; and also the power of music. Music is a primordial whisper in our bones that brings us together, no matter the distance, no matter the paucity of the likelihood that our CD would end up in a BMW many miles from where we live and do our thang.
That single experience was and still is, enormously influential. I brought some of that into the studio, when I was recording bass at Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood, locked in with drummer Maxwell Breaux as we threw down the rhythm tracks for the new album, all six freaking tracks in one 10 hour session. It was a beast of a recording session. But from what we've been hearing in listening to early mixes of the album, the groove was there and, and it is HUGE. I absolutely can't wait for yall to hear the album. One interesting fact about that late January session: the engineer running the studio was so true to his schedule that he turned down a request from Trent Reznor (NIN) to use his studio for the day! Not that that says anything about our status in the industry, mind you, but it's a great story no doubt!
It's April and we are currently working with artists on the visual aspect of the album. This has been an interesting experience for sure. I know for myself, trying to express myself visually is a challenge. I am most comfortable with an instrument or a pen, but put a pallet or Photoshop in front of me and I'm a gorilla fumbling around in a pitch-dark Bed Bath and Beyond, I don't even know where to start! It is particularly difficult when you try to communicate something you've always expressed through music in a different medium. Therefore we are extremely fortunate to have some talented visual artists working with us, like Collin Cates, the mind behind "Keyhole", currently pushing 300,000 views on Youtube.
Stay tuned! We are planning our shows for the summer, including our CD Release party! It's going to be banging, to go 90's hip hop on ya frame.
Please, stay in touch with us at https://www.facebook.com/bravesoulofficial. We know people generally don't use facebook to msg bands they like, but believe me, we LOVE it when you guys leave us msgs on facebook. We are extremely curious to hear what everyone will think about the new album (which is currently Untitled....no, it's not called Untitled, we haven't quite found the perfect name for it at the moment ;).
Till next time...