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INTERVIEW: Bravo Max

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you. We’re all doing great! Excited to talk about the record.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Clean Slate”?

“Clean Slate” was a newer song that we were still working on right up to going into the studio to record the album.  We had about 80-90% of it worked out, but did a lot of arranging in the studio, especially with the horns and flute parts. I think the lyrics were flushed out while recording as well. We’re obviously thrilled how it turned out.

The single comes off your new album Bullfighter Blues – what’s the story behind the title?

I’ve always been drawn to the idea of having a record title with the word “blues” in it.  I think it just has a nice ring to it.  Johnny and I sat up and wrote the song in a small cabin in east Texas while demoing and writing the record.  Seemed to be a cool title to the song, really.  I guess we just were all drawn to it and decided to name the album after the song.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process started about a year before we recorded.  We set up some recording gear in a cabin out east of Dallas and started hammering out some tunes.  We were definitely prepared when we went to Echo Lab to lay them all down.  We had a blast  making this record!

How did the retro technology influence the sound on this record and why did you take on this route?

We’re all advocates of analog recording.  We definitely set out to record all analog initially and hope the record conveys some warmth.

What was it like to work with Matthew Barnhart and how did that relationship develop?

Matthew was incredible to work with.  He’s a tone wizard and a total professional.  I had a blast working with different amps/guitar tones with him.  We knew his resume and decided to go for it.  Happy to have worked with him and would definitely do it again.

How much did he influence the record?

Matthew would offer his input when asked.  We definitely asked when we felt necessary.  He’d let you know when he was groovin’ and when we needed to reign it in.  Like I said before, he was great to work with.

How Dallas have influence and somehow define your music?

I’m not sure if Dallas has influenced our music much, but we’ve all been here the majority of our lives. Collectively we’re a hard working bunch and get caught in the rat race like everyone.  Describing our music in a tough question.  So many elements and influences come to play that we hope are apparent in the record.  Some people here guitar harmonies and time changes and think “progressive” but I don’t did that always the case.  I guess we’ll let everyone else describe our music.

What made you to seek for another sound?

After some lineup changes in 2012 following our first record Dog’s Light, the band went through some changes sonically.  Drastically shrinking to a 3 piece outfit will change the band’s sound.  We love rock and roll and that’s what we love to play, so stripping it down to three of us made it more rock sounding, so to speak.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We all have various bands that influence us collectively.  I think we shared a few records at the time we wrote the tunes. Listened to the Kinks a lot during that time and definitely some psychedelic rock as well.

Any plans to hit the road?

We definitely plan to tour ASAP.  Looking forward to it.

What else is happening next in Bravo Max’s world?

We’re always writing.  Having a studio to record and write at definitely helps!  We’re gigging around Texas until we hit the road.

View the video for “Clean Slate” here:

https://youtu.be/Vycc55HhjlY

Stream Bullfighter Blues here:

 http://bravomax.bandcamp.com/releases

For more info on Bravo Max:

https://www.facebook.com/bravomaxdallas

https://twitter.com/bravomaxdallas

https://www.stcaitrecords.com/artists/bravomax

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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