INTERVIEW: Bourgeois Mystics

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

Wookie bon bons, my french fry! We’ve been bathing in fluffernutter and snackin’ on frappes and ding dongs. You know, how they used to do in “ye olden days”. But for real…we are varying levels of cool, depending on which of us you ask. 

Why did you choose to cover “Jaan Pehechan Ho”?

The cult status that the original video attained was impressive. We decided to release it as a single to not ONLY piggyback off the original’s success, but we knew our arrangement breathed new life into it and that of all our tunes at the time of wanting to release a video, it was most representative of our sound. We initially decided to cover the tune in our first few months as band; as we honed-in our sound, we discovered we were most excited to create energetic and quirky music, and the original tune/video was always a source of inspiration.

What approach did you take with this song?

We “bougified” it…we took the basic form of the tune and added in all the quirky elements of our stage show to make it our own by peppering in a jazz interlude and metal breakdown. We also ramped up the tempo a good bit from the original and sonically infused it with more surf-rock energy.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a wild ride, for sure. In retrospect, it was really ambitious, and our extensive shooting schedule reflected that. We shot at about 10 different locations, and stylistically traversed a lot of different planes (spaghetti western, 90s cooking show, bootleg green screen VHS). It was fun hashing out a vision in collaboration with our director, Diego Lozano. He’s an explosively creative dude, and we enjoyed bringing life to one another’s eccentric ideas.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a blast… we’re super lucky to have Tonto Luigi (guitar) be such a humble and committed member of our organization. He commits himself to music full time and is usually found with a guitar in hand. He also has dedicated himself to becoming an insane producer, and we recorded it track by track at his home studio, and had him mix it as well. He done did good.

What role does Austin play in your music?

We’re a remnant of a forgotten Austin, an identity that it claims yet does not embrace. “Keep Austin Weird” is most definitely a cliche, but it is a tagline that we’ve modernized to hopefully become Austin’s premiere hip weird band.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – if so, how’s that coming along?

We’ve released “Jaan Pehechan Ho” as a stand alone single, however, we’re finishing up an EP with all new material, with plans to release early next year. We also have our next full length concept album mapped out and have a lot of material for that too, but we’re probably not releasing that until 2020. We’re making great headway on both!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The EP is entitled, “Turn On, Tune In, Sell Out”, inspired by Timothy Leary’s lecture/coined-phrase, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out”. It features themes of making art more palatable for profit’s sake, maintaining wealth by keeping the lower classes oppressed, and the dangers of free-thought. Our follow-up full length is a sci-fi concept album, and while it does have a title, we’re not making it public yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we’re planning on touring a bunch next year…the hope is to do one west coast, one east coast, and several regional tours in 2019. And probably we’ll sneak our way up to Colorado too! Hit us up if you want us to come to your town!

What else is happening in Bourgeois Mystics’ world?

We’re very content focused right now…we’re self-producing a bunch of video content and recording some new singles. We’re also working on a new stage show and training a few new members.

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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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