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.
A local R&B group’s members all hail from different states, but they
just so happened to come together as students of the University of
Central Oklahoma; that’s why they call themselves Meant2B.
The trio, which began as a quartet in 2003, is composed of Tré McCoy of Omaha, Neb.; Dele Olasiji of Norman; and Eric Hollowell of Davenport, Iowa. They met at a party in 2001, while attending college.
“Four different states and we all happened to end up at the same party,” McCoy said. “The name that was most fitting was Meant2B, because we believe it defines our destiny.”
Originally, all the act did was perform at weddings and similar events, but got its first real shot in 2005, opening for rapper 50 Cent at the Ford Center.
“That’s when we decided, ‘Hey, we could really do this,’” McCoy said. “We started practicing and getting vocal lessons and artist development, and here we are.”
Since then, Meant2B has opened for the likes of Usher and Trey Songz, and has worked with hip-hop artists like Baby Bash, Devin the Dude and, more recently, Ray Lavender, an Akon affiliate.
“I think our biggest accomplishment is staying at it,” Olasiji said. “We’ve done so many things that we think are like plateaus.”
With a self-titled album and an EP titled For the Bedroom, Vol. 1 under their belts, the members plan to release their first major single this year as they work on a distribution deal.
“My next thing for 2012 is to get it finalized and get this thing moving,” McCoy said. “Enough talk — it’s time to do it, man.”
While they seek to extend their fan base beyond this region, they appreciate all the support Oklahoma has shown.
“Our Oklahoma fan base is ridiculous,” McCoy said. “We get so much love, it’s really a beautiful thing.”
With three members, no clear leader exists, and they prefer it that way.
“You hear Meant2B, and a lot of people don’t know who’s singing what,” McCoy said.
“We have distinct voices, but we all lead songs. We pride ourselves in our harmony.”
This harmony goes beyond the music — partly why the group has stayed together for so long.
“We’ve done it all together,” Hollowell said. “We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together, we’ve fought, and sometimes all in the same day. We’re brutally honest with each other, and it’s made it a lot easier to trust each other.”
Regardless, the three said their love for music stays strong.
“When you cook with love, the food comes out better,” Hollowell said. “That’s what we do in the studio. We put love into every single track that we do, and that’s why people are feeling our music.”