Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.
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.
Entering its third season last week, Chevy Music Showcase has a dozen artists to expose to metro eyes and ears.
With each episode running two and a half minutes, the weekly documentary series originally began as Chevy Bricktown Showcase.
general idea of the show was to create a bridge between the independent
artists with the local Oklahoma music scene with the general public
that sometimes forgets there is this enormous wealth of talent right
under their nose right at the bar down the street,” said director Tommy
Each episode airs around 11:30 p.m. Fridays
on KWTV Channel 9. Local Chevy dealers sponsor the program, essentially
trading a car advertisement for one touting a local artist.
an artist, I don’t have the funds to go out and buy a commercial spot
on local television,” said Daniel Walcher, an Edmond-based
singer-songwriter showcased last season. “So from an artist’s
perspective, that’s a pretty big gift to be able to do that.”
A season’s worth of programming is created over six days of shooting. Each
musician is featured in an interview and a performance. At the end of
the season, a special half-hour episode features all the musical acts.
has such a rich musical face, and I don’t think everyone’s aware of how
many great original artists are from our state,” said Cami Stinson, a
jazz vocalist whose episode is scheduled to debut June 22. “We actually
have a lot of really talented people that live in Oklahoma and still
perform and write music in all kinds of genres.”
Chevy Music Showcase makes it a point to choose practicing artists, not just hobbyists.
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cover a wide range of experience, but the thread that ties all of it is
this isn’t just a flight of fancy; this isn’t just something they do
for giggles,” Smeltzer said. “They’re serious about what they do.”
After an artist is showcased, he or she serves as host for the next act.
“The interview is a conversation between the two artists.
It’s not, ‘We’re interviewing so and so,’” Smeltzer said. “We put them
in the venue and throw out a couple of topics for them to discuss, and
very quickly, they forget it’s an interview.”