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.
Oklahoma City DJ duo Kids at the Bar has many memories over
the course of two full tours with Swedish indie rockers The Sounds, one
across America and another currently in Europe. Explaining the rules of
football ranks among the pair’s favorites … and weirdest.
“Watching the Super Bowl in the middle of the night with a bunch of Swedes, having to explain the rules and positions during the most important game of the year was pretty hilarious,” said Chad “Rad” Raunborg.
He and partner Matt Buckley never expected to do anything remotely like that when the act began. The Kids caught a following on the heels of standout remixes of the likes of Daft Punk and Deadmau5, all while producing their own tracks and taking a residency gig at Kamp’s Deli & XIII X Lounge’s Robotic Wednesdays.
Then The Sounds came calling last year.
“Most of the shows we do are club gigs or festivals, so playing a tour like this as our first experience is pretty crazy. When a band like The Sounds asks you to come on tour with them, it’s hard to say ‘no,’” Buckley said. “As DJs, it’s very uncommon to hit the road with a band like we have, but coming from a rock background, we were very excited.”
proven fun, but also valuable. “We’ve learned so much. They’ve been
doing this for over 12 years with all of the original members, so they
are constantly sharing wisdom with us about life on the road and their
experiences in the music industry,” Raunborg said. “We’ve played so many
shows with them and every time, they nail it.”
Kids have had a blast playing in cities like London and Paris, but look
forward to returning home to warmer weather and working on more
original songs (and a few remixes) to take advantage of dance music’s
more local traction.
are starting to just get a better understanding of what we are doing as
producers, and we are starting to get asked less and less to DJ
weddings and proms,” Buckley said.