Artist of the day: Brahm Bones
Brahm Bones plays a special mishmash of styles, from country to ’90s indie rock.
The band – Blake Masters, guitar and vocals; Keith Bartlett, bass; David Kibby, guitar; and Paul Moroz, drums – formed October 2006, with Masters (formerly of the Rubes) laying down tracks for what he jokingly called his country album. He invited friends to participate.
Drummer Moroz put it best when he said, "We're definitely on some freaky edge of Americana."
Bartlett, formerly of the Unrequited Loves and currently of Magadog, was the first to join along with his distinctively melodic and meandering style. Moroz of Pagan Saints hits hard with precision, and Kibby revs things up with an aggressive and steady guitar attack. His electric adrenaline fueled the dynamic post-punk band Coma Girl during its short but successful lifespan.
"Recently, we have begun practicing with Matt E. Lee from Poetry N Lotion," Masters said. "He’s been playing some keyboards with us and if all goes according to plan will soon be the official fifth member of this ragtag outfit. The keys add a whole other sonic layer that keeps the songs a bit more grounded and gives Dave and Keith more room to move their parts around melodically."
With musicians who sport a balance of risk taking and measured experience, expect a marked improvement from their early days if you’ve seen them already.
"The band’s evolution sonically over the last year or so has been about finding our sound, as a band," Masters said. "The songs, in their embryonic state are folksy, mid tempo, singer/songwriter type tunes written on acoustic guitar. … It took some time, practice and experimentation for all of us to find the right part to bring to each song. Over time, the songs themselves have evolved and along the way a sound, our sound has begun to emerge. I mean sure, it’s still pretty familiar straight forward local rock-n-roll, but a unique sound has begun to drift to the surface. We no longer sound like a singer/songwriter with a backing band, instead over the past year or so our sound has become Brahm Bones."
See them Friday night at 10 p.m. with Poetry N Lotion at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Davis Islands, Tampa. Cover is $5.
Click here to listen to Brahm Bones' track Canoe.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*