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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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Tulsa rockers mint straightforward, high-volume rock currency set for OKC circulation

Becky Carman January 22nd, 2009

Ask any veteran of Oklahoma's punk or hardcore scene about his influences, and you'd likely be able to predict an answer or two ... unless that particular veteran is John Moreland.

Moreland, Wayne Wedge, Nick Flores and Clay Flores — collectively Tulsa's The Black Gold Band — are breathing a little fresh, Midwestern, rock 'n' roll air into some of the danker establishments around the state.

"When I was little, my dad listened to John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Waylon Jennings," Moreland said. "When I was 5 years old, I loved that stuff. Even when I was in really heavy bands, I was into Bruce Springsteen. I've always listened to stuff like this."

While it's unlikely The Boss would have frequented The Conservatory in his formative years, Moreland said The Black Gold Band is starting to enjoy its time in uncharted territory, although it hasn't always been so sweet. He admitted finding difficulties booking performances in venues more receptive to the band's predicted audience. The silver lining, then, is its diverse fan base — people whose exposure to the music has been a fluke.

"It was kind of hard. We just didn't know what we were supposed to do at first," Moreland said. "We didn't know if we should try to get shows with hardcore bands and play where we were comfortable. We tried to get shows at bars and stuff, like where bands like us would normally play, but we had a really hard time doing that. It's not like punk rock. You can't just go to a bar and say, 'Hey, give us a show.' It took us a while, but now we have a good medium between the two. A lot of people have liked us that really surprise me, that I thought were going to hate us."

That rings especially true in the last year, as the title track from "Endless Oklahoma Sky" — the act's debut record — was a top-10 finalist in the Oklahoma Historical Society's official state rock song competition. No paltry feat, as Moreland's song was pitted against the likes of Leon Russell, Elvis Presley and Three Dog Night, in addition to more contemporary, major-label acts.

"It's really weird, and it's really cool, but at the same time, we're not putting too much stock in it," Moreland said, laughing, "because we're not going to win."

That sort of frankness lends itself to the band's songs. Moreland said he sees the correlation between the Americana rock of his childhood and the punk rock of his adolescence.

"I got into punk rock because it's the same kind of quality in the songwriting," he said. "It's just straight-ahead, good songs with no gimmicks, where the words actually mean something."

He and the band are currently working on the follow-up to "Endless Oklahoma Sky" with Stephen Egerton (of influential punk bands ALL and The Descendents) at Tulsa's Armstrong Recording. Moreland said the recording is going well, although the group has no cemented release date as of yet.

"It depends on when it gets finished," Moreland said, "and it's up to how much money we have, I guess." —Becky Carman

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