The forging of Strut entailed stretches in three different studios — New Alliance, Camp Street, and Mad Oak — and the sextet got pretty damn picky about the devices they were using. "We wanted to make it as authentic as possible, knowing that we had to record it digitally, 'cause we couldn't afford tape," Pierce explains. "Any piano parts you hear are played on a real piano. If we wanted a certain amp sound, we were going to find that amp. We spent so much time trying to find the right sounds, but in the end, it was worth it. I don't really feel like we needed to shy away from things sounding different song by song, because they did that all the time back in the day. The Stones were recording in France one week and Los Angeles the next."
It would be really cool to write that Mellow Bravo have embarked on a quest to define the future of classic rock. But as Pierce reminds me while nursing a screwdriver at the Middle East, classic rock has no future. That's, like, the whole idea. "Bands are considered classic rock, because classics stand the test of time. So the future doesn't make any sense, 'cause, like, it's just rock. As soon as you put something in front of it, it sucks. Dance rock sucks. Indie rock sucks. Fuck that. Certain bands I really like fit into those categories, according to other people saying that's what they are. But to me, it's all just rock and roll."
MELLOW BRAVO + TOWNSHIP + GOZU + ZIP-TIE HANDCUFFS + DJ NOOK | Middle East downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | September 10 at 8 pm | 18+ | $12 | 617.864.3278 or mideastclub.com
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