Bravestation’s release party for the 2010 EP is tonight at the El Mocambo as part of Two Way Monologues. Opening will be Retro Radio, Old World Vulture and Lovely Killbots. The Facebook invite has more details.
You can stream the 2010 EP in its entirety on Bravestation’s MySpace.
Sometimes when you hear music, you know automatically that you like it. Other times it takes a while to grow on you. Bravestation’s 2010 EP was the former for me. As soon as I started listening to them after receiving an email from the guitarist, Derek Wilson, I was hooked. I’m not sure what compelled me to be more interested in them than anyone else I get emails from (I’m getting to it, patience!), but the fact is it did and I’m glad. Plus, it just so happens that their main influences are some of my favourite artists, such as Foals. You can hear that almost immediately as well – but not in a copycat sort of way (*cough, Fleet Foxes, you are not My Morning Jacket, cough*), more like a really appreciative “this is what I’ve learned” kind of way.
It’s in Wilson’s guitars and Jeremy Rossetti’s drums, mainly, as they quickly flutter up and down (listen to “Colour Us with Youth”). The five song-long EP is an outstanding piece of work. Devin Wilson, the vocalist (and brother to Derek) has an interesting voice and is able to keep up with the quick jolts with his smooth melodies. Andrew Heppner’s synths and keyboards seem to be pretty influenced by the ‘80s, in fact I kind of felt like I was in the old Degrassi episodes for a bit (in a cool way, you know) but they evolve and flow in and out of the rest of the music. In these five songs, it’s hard not to want more from this relatively new Toronto band.
Usually new band EPs don’t sound this good, but these guys have all gone to recording school together. In fact, Bravestation started out as a school project. But as they become more dedicated to this as their collective passion, the value goes up. The 2010 EP is an impressive collection of dream-like reality under bright lights and darkness. As is swirls around you, try to stay stationary, but letting go every once in a while can always be beneficial. Bravestation provide a cool, refreshing sound for Toronto and because of it, they’re destined for great things.
Read on for Bravestation’s exclusive Q&A with RoundLetters on how they got started as a project, their live show struggles, the EP writing process and upcoming goals.