Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.
The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.
And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
Dustbowl Arts Market has become a wildly popular, biannual event on Campus Corner and at Norman Music Festival with each passing year.
Music has been a part of the 3-year-old market, featuring local artists like Gentle Ghost and Jacob Abello. Last year saw Jarod Evans of Blackwatch Studios overseeing the music selection, but the commitment to Oklahoma artists didn’t waver, if not becoming stronger.
“As much as anything, it has a local mentality at this point. Everyone is really excited about showcasing the people that are right around them,” Evans said. “Whether it’s the music scene, painters or jewelry and clothing designers, we all like the thought of inspiring people to look around and see all the resources right around in their community to get inspired and take advantage of the talent in our backyard.”
He believes such events help push the Sooner State into the mainstream.
right Fiawna Forte performs at last year's Dustbowl Festival.
“The overall conviction is, we believe in the local music scene and ... that (it) has every chance to make a legitimate, national statement. We’re trying to be a platform for artists we believe in and, hence, are trying to grow the festival, year in and year out.”
To do that, Dustbowl is expanding, from 15 to almost 25 bands this outing, with plans to bring in a national headliner to boost future attendance.
“My main priority was, if nothing else, was to have more bands,” Evans said. “Our philosophy is, ‘Take it one year at a time, do more than you did last year, and do things better than you did the previous year.’” Big local groups like Colourmusic and The Pretty Black Chains will play, and Texas dance-rock act The Burning Hotels will debut its new, self-titled disc — which introduces a new sound itself.
Oklahomans know how to party. —Chance Morgan
“We are really proud of this record,” singer/guitarist Chance Morgan said. “We feel that it is the best music we have created since we started making music together. ... We can’t wait to show it to Oklahomans. They know how to party.”
The party promises only to grow bigger and better, although Oklahoma will always be in its heart.
“It’s not a giant thing, but it’s screened to where the quality of what you are seeing is really high,” Evans said. “It’s a good tool to inspire the community, that we don’t have to look outside to find entertainment and culture.”
Friday, Aug. 26 Pepe Delgados Stage 10:30 p.m. — Shitty Awesome 11:30 p.m. — The Boom Bang 12:30 p.m. — Debris
Saturday, Aug. 27 Fowler Volkswagen Stage (Hideaway Parking Lot) noon — Modern Rock Diaries 1 p.m. — Dad 2 p.m. — The Copperheads 3 p.m. — Brine Webb 4 p.m. — Gentle Ghost 5 p.m. — The Workweek 6 p.m. — Beau Jennings 7 p.m. — The Burning Hotels 8 p.m. — Sherree Chamberlain 9 p.m. — Dead Sea Choir 10 p.m. — The Pretty Black Chains 11 p.m. — Colourmusic
Pepe Delgados Stage 1:40 p.m. — Tim Miser 2:40 p.m. — Penny Hill 3:40 p.m. — Denver Duncan 4:40 p.m. — Jabee 5:40 p.m. — Ryan Lawson midnight — special guest 1 a.m. — special guest