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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Sonic tough dudes Bona Fide Villains want to creep out their fellow Okies. Bwah-ha-ha!

Matt Carney December 14th, 2011

Bona Fide Villains with Them Hounds and Dirty Evil People
10 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson

That his Oklahoma City band is sharing a bill with Them Hounds and Dirty Evil People was not lost on Bona Fide Villains co-founder and front man Ryan Taylor.

“They’re the three best band names in the city,” he said with a laugh.

Kidding aside, the Villains’ coupling of corroded, antique guitar tones and Taylor’s natural baritone seem tailored to soundtrack a scary movie. Not your run-of-the-kill slasher flick or jarring, in-your-face gore-fest, but more like a subtle, haunting thriller that ends with a big, frightening psychological reveal.

Creepy, airy backing vocals provide a certain pristine, finishing touch to the group’s classic, rocking sound that chugs along on creepy-crunchy six-strings.

“It gets that spooky vibe we’re going for,” Taylor said. “It’s a contrast with my voice being so deep.”

He and fellow guitarist Nathan Kress paired up in April 2010, after never quite mustering the courage to strike out with others as a full-fledged band.

“We were both at our wit’s end when we met,” Taylor said.

The duo picked up another guitarist, Kevin Oberlag, then drummer Jack Waters, who’d moved to Oklahoma from Arizona, where he’d played in a few mildly successful heavy-rock and metal bands. Bassist Luke Fekete rounded out the band’s proper incarnation, but a few months after recording the “Modern Living” EP, active duty called him off to Afghanistan, where Taylor said he’s “in some sort of special forces elite commando training” for the Air Force. Whether Fekete will rejoin remains a question mark, but the Villains have soldiered on without him.

“Modern Living” is a mid-tempo effort longing for a time before status updates on handheld devices, a time when “things were clear and men were men.” Lyrics are awfully important to this young act.

Also important is with whom it works. Living in Stillwater for a spell, Taylor built friendships with the city’s two best indie bands. Colourmusic’s Colin Fleishacker contributed his dexterous bass-playing, while Other Lives’ Josh Onstott produced, mixed and supplied backing vocals and organ. Jonathon Mooney, also in Other Lives, mixed two tracks and mastered the entire EP.

“Jon actually did it while they were out on the road,” Taylor said. “We finished recording it about two days before they left on their latest tour. It’s taken a little while because they’ve been off on the road, getting famous.”

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