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.
I've never had a smartphone, because I like to keep my life simple. My phone calls and texts. That's it.
But as smartphones get more and more sophisticated, I'm starting to covet one. This latest dispatch from the "Look what the iPhone can do!" files has definitely increased my phone lust.
The excellently named local pop-rock band Dr. Pants produced an entire music video for "Sarsparilla Girl" in 48 hours, with the only camera being an iPhone 4.
I was skeptical, but I watched it in HD (!) and was amazed by how great it looked. It doesn't look like a low-budget production at all. The indie sheen it has comes more from the shots they decide to take (biking around the Pops parking lot? Awesome!! Playing pass the Frisbee down the line a couple times? MORE AWESOME!!!) as opposed to the quality of the shots. Super kudos to the band for their creativity and ingenuity.
Also super kudos for proudly repping Oklahoma, by setting the whole video at Pops and having the lead singer wear a Guestroom Records T-shirt. I love it when bands rep their scene/hometown/home state.