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.
Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.
Chris Cagle with Chuck Wicks 7 p.m. Saturday Plunkett Park 100 N. University, Edmond $15
Life as a touring musician has left country’s Chris Cagle with plenty of lumps. Somehow, he’s taken them all and poked fun at the experience, titling his last album, “My Life’s Been a Country Song.”
The narrative has seen Cagle stumble over all the trappings of country stardom — divorce, label drama, legal battles — since signing a deal with Virgin Records in 2000, and all that turmoil did its best in derailing his still-bright career.
“Three or fours years ago, I got the point where I was like, ‘You know what? I’m done. I quit. I don’t like who I am, who I am involved with, and I don’t want to become the guy I’m becoming,’” he said. “It was a rough time in my life. I turned around and I feel like now, I’m back up in that saddle.”
Inking a venture deal with Bigger Picture Music Group (home of former Normanite Christian Kane), has Cagle re-energized. Finding stability with wife and kids on a ranch in southern Oklahoma and having his new single, “Got My Country On,” hitting high on the charts is even more electrifying.
“That’s huge! That’s big shit, and these guys are making it happen for me,” Cagle said. “It makes me want to go out and bust my butt. I want to do the right things. I want to go to the gym, love my kids, love my wife, stay true to who I am and build something I never grew up having. I wanna see how big we can get. It’s not so much an ego thing as it is a game. I want to win the whole deal.”
His next stride toward that is the aptly titled “Back in the Saddle,” which sees him coming out of the closet, so to speak.
“I’m making the record I’ve always been scared to make. To be honest, I’m a closet rocker,” he said. “.38 Special, The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd — that’s what I’ve always loved. For me to take that music and cross it over with a country feel, I don’t know. I hope it works.”
It makes me want to go out and bust my butt. —Chris Cagle
The gamble is paying off; that lead single’s success and buzz on country stations nationwide point to “Saddle” being his highest-charting album yet. Even if those expectations aren’t met, Cagle is more than happy already.
“Just the fact that I did a record is what makes me proud,” he said. “I think that everyone is going to hear me happy. I think my fans want me to be happy, and the fact that they are going to hear me singing from a happy place, not a hurt place, is the thing I’m most proud of.”