Bravesoul, an alternative-rock trio from Los Angeles, release their new EP The Infinite Hourglass on February 18th. The band was formed by Marty Rod (guitars, keys, and vocals), Eric Noble (bass), and Maxwell Breaux (drums). When their minds are put together, Bravesoul create music with soulful vocals and anthemic choruses, as displayed in The Infinite Hourglass’ second single Timebomb. To get a taste of what’s to come, we’re pleased to premiere Timebomb and an exclusive interview with the band on A Music Blog, Yea? today.
AMBY: Hello Bravesoul, thanks for speaking with us. Please introduce yourselves to the world of AMBY.
Bravesoul: We are Bravesoul, a band of three (Marty, Eric, and Max) born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Marty is on lead vocals and guitar, Max is on drums, and Eric is on bass. You can hear our music at: www.bravesoulofficial.com. We are releasing our 2nd EP this year, which will be available February 18th on ITunes, CD Baby, and other online retailers. 2014 is going to be big year for us; we’re playing South by Southwest for the first time this March and will be playing shows throughout the summer and the rest of the year. Keep in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter…especially Instagram, because it’s fun to look at. Thanks for reading!
AMBY: Your sound has been compared to Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, and Young the Giant. How would you classify your sound to your listeners?
Bravesoul: Those are apt comparisons because those are alternative rock bands that cater to large venues and experiment to different degrees with electronic sounds and production. We’re similarly pushing against the boundaries of what a rock band is supposed to sound like. We come from a variety of backgrounds musically and bring in influences ranging from 90’s alternative rock to funk to dub-step. One thing that people always talk about when they respond to our music is dynamics...we go from folky-sweet to massively rock, often in the same song. Our upcoming album, The Infinite Hourglass, has that divergent quality about it. We go from Timebomb, a massive rock track with a heavy eletro influence, to a quirky indie/soul track like “By Ourselves”.
AMBY: Your new EP The Infinite Hourglass will be released this month. What’s the significance behind the title?
Marty: The title comes from our logo which is an infinitely symbol and hourglass combined, and we plaster it onto everything at this point. I came up with the logo and the title awhile back, and I ended up getting it tattooed onto my left arm before it ever became a symbol for the band or the album. To me, it’s very significant in my life and it’s a theme I go back to very often with my lyrics – the theme of transience and the way absolutely everything in life seems to have an hourglass attached to it, physical or even emotional. It’s a basic concept that everyone inherently understands, but people embrace it in very different ways. Some people fall into despair and see the world as pointless because of this finite nature, but others see that transience as something that should drive you to embrace every moment and appreciate the world as a special place. Whether it’s “Timebomb” which is about a relationship, or “If The Morning Ever Comes” which speaks about waiting for the numbness to go away, that concept of time and change is something that seeps into every song in some form.
AMBY: What were your biggest inspirations when working on this new collection of songs?
Max: This might sound like it’s out of left field but I’d say Joy Division and the Walkmen were running through my head during the time we were coming up with some of these songs. I think some of that shines through in the drumming. Marty and Eric added their touch to it also. Marty always has a powerful soul influence to his voice so you can imagine it’s a pretty eclectic mix of influences put into this EP.
AMBY: What’s the story behind The Infinite Hourglass’ single Timebomb?
Marty: Our first single was technically “If The Morning Ever Comes” which we did a music video for, but Timebomb is the 2nd single being released in February. The song is essentially about knowing when something is over before it’s actually over – there’s some deeper influences behind it that would take too long to type, but it initially stemmed from being in a relationship that I knew was destined to end…and end badly….but I still couldn’t get myself to walk away or save it from happening. I think we all have those feelings of a “timebomb” in the back of our heads. That theme directly relates to the “Infinite Hourglass” concept as well that shares themes with most of my lyrics.
AMBY: Does being a Los Angeles-based group have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?
Bravesoul: Absolutely. L.A is such a cesspool, whether it’s good or bad. Growing up here, it feels like we have seen it all and have decent judgment on what’s genuine and what’s not. Witnessing this growing up has definitely affected who we let influence us and has affected our sound.
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
Bravesoul: Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles ;-.)
AMBY: Who would your dream jam session be with?
Marty: Probably RHCP back in the 90’s, with Frusciante on guitar. They’re energy and purity, especially back in that time, was something very special.
Max: Thom Yorke and Bjork. I feel like they would stretch my creativity beyond anything I thought was possible.
AMBY: Where would Bravesoul go on a time machine?
Bravesoul: Nothing further past the invention of penicillin.
AMBY: What has you most excited for 2014?
Bravesoul: SXSW! Our first time in Austin and we’re playing at a VH1 showcase! We’ve already had some amazing shows this year but that one will be extra special!
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Bravesoul that nobody knows yet?
Bravesoul: Marty and Eric have been collaborating since they were in college; they used to play as a duo called The Currents, and their first shows were at a cafe called the Casbah Cafe, where they would rock out an acoustic version of…you guessed it….Rock the Casbah, by The Clash.
Thank you Bravesoul, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout