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.
Aranda with 9 Left Dead, TwoFold and Spinal Cross 7 p.m. Saturday Diamond Ballroom 8001 S. Eastern diamondballroom.net 677-9169 $9
Oklahoma City alt-rock outfit Aranda has come a long way from its first gig, which saw brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda playing air guitar and lipsynching for their grandparents.
Aranda has been nearly a lifetime in the making, but it almost didn’t happen after a record deal with Sony fell apart in the early 2000s. The group neared total dissolution when an upstart rock label made a new offer. Soon, the group was sharing stages with the likes of Shinedown and Papa Roach.
“The band was pretty much broken up,” Dameon Aranda said. “It was something out of nothing. We weren’t expecting anything, and it’s worked out great.”
That opportunity came on the heels of his work as a songwriter alongside Color Me Badd’s Sam Watters.
Two of the tracks from Aranda’s 2008 self-titled debut, including “All I Ever Wanted,” subsequently were covered by Kelly Clarkson on her 2009 album, titled after the song.
“She called me and made sure she had permission to do it,” Dameon Aranda said. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? This is awesome!’” That speaks to the range the group enjoyed with its earlier material, recalling anything from All-American Rejects to Spoon. That focus was narrowed into something harder with the new album, Stop the World, which will be celebrated Saturday at Diamond Ballroom.
“We got pushed a little bit into the active rock scene. I love this album, but it was a little bit of stretch for us to go this heavy,” Dameon Aranda said. “It was almost like doing a caricature of yourself. It was us imagining that we were in a heavi er group than we actually were.”
Just like before, the entire project was almost shelved before release; luckily, Aranda found a way to make it happen, and reactions are the most positive the band has received. Dameon Aranda is glad that the years working with his brother are paying off.
“There is something special when we are together. That’s why we kept it going,” he said. “It’s like the Thunder: It takes a while to find that chemistry, but once you do, it’s time to go after that brass ring.”