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.
Steve Moakler with Graham Colton and Ben Kilgore 7 p.m. Saturday Kamp's 1310 Lounge 1310 N.W. 25th 819-6004 $12
Nashville, Tenn.-based pop-rock singer Steve Moakler has boatloads in common with current tourmate, Oklahoma City’s own Graham Colton: Having got national attention at young ages, they boast all-American looks and a knack for crafting songs that get the ladies swooning.
But chief among their similarities?
An unabashed love of ’90s alt-pop acts like Goo Goo Dolls and Better Than Ezra.
“That’s my favorite music, secretly.
Actually, not very secretly,” Moakler said. “I can tell a lot of his inspiration is from that same era, and there aren’t that many guys still pooling from that, but he still is. That’s what I appreciate about him.”
The common bonds go deeper than music. A heart for charity makes their shared appearance at Colton’s fourth-annual Thanksgiving benefit show for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma all the more serendipitous.
Moakler founded his own charity this year, Free the Birds, which helps support victims of human sex trafficking by selling T-shirts, music and custom birdhouses made by Moakler and, as of recently, painted by residents of the safe house the organization helps fund.
He started it after realizing how much of his job — songs, pictures, merchandise — was centered around him, and asked himself, “What am I really doing besides serving myself?” “Music is an awesome thing, and it’s for everyone, but I felt the desire to serve something bigger than myself,” Moakler said. “It gave more meaning to what I do. It’s sort of inviting people to be a part of a better story than going to a show and buying music.”
That generosity was reciprocated when it came time to record his new album, “Watching Time Run.” Fans pledged more than $20,000 to help him finish the record. In return, he put forth the effort to make the best album he could.
“I felt really humbled and supported and wanted to do them right. I think I wrote over 90 songs for this record,” he said. “There was a larger pool and larger investment of time in writing, and it paid off. I have a batch of songs I love sharing with people and am still excited about.”
When the record was released in late August, fans pushed it into iTunes’ Top 20. The disc reflects the good vibes he currently enjoys, with not only his musical success, but the realization of his dream charity project. He couldn’t be happier.
“I wanted to make a record that was more lively. The last one was reflective and had a melancholy feel to it mostly,” Moakler said. “This time, I wanted to make a record that spoke life and truth, instead of just evaluating my feelings. I feel like we did that.”