In this next blog post we have some thoughts on "the calm | the storm" from our guitarists, Scott Loose and Matt Kozar. Enjoy!
Scott Loose (photograph by David Wright)
I've been questioning lately why I am compelled to write, record and perform music. For me, it's not for the stereotypical purposes of money or fame or whatever, but I do think there's an element of legacy involved when you record something that will likely endure, in some format or another, long after we are gone. So anyway, for me Brave is in part a statement of who we are and what we want to express, and it's a projection of these ideas out into the world--but I remain cognizant of this idea that once recorded it is not bound to a particular time. When it comes to some of the inspiration behind the lyrics and music, it is also not restricted to an attempted connection with other people. In 'Electric Ravens,' for example, it's really about finding a connection to the greater universe, and about finding a place among it all and being comfortable in something so vast. I get sort of tired of our human-centric society, and so for me I've attempted to create something with a broader 'audience' in mind. All of that said, as a musician I have found it to be equally gratifying when there is a genuine connection to other people. I do really appreciate it when people 'get it,' and if some of these ideas that we have also resonate with others - ultimately, this is the most rewarding thing. It's a form of communication, which is beyond mere conversation, and can connect people on a deeper level.
Our new album, 'the calm | the storm' is a culmination of some of these ideas which developed over more than 10 years. Of all of the recordings that I've been on, this one is the most special to me. Part of that is because Brave consists literally of my family and close friends, which is why we're still doing this, but also because we did everything from the recording to the artwork on our own. Our last full-length release 'Monuments' was in 2008, so we've accumulated a lot of ideas since then. Our new album is really just scratching the surface, as we have a lot more material in various stages of completion waiting to be recorded. For our listeners, and those who appreciate our music, thank you very much for your continued support. And for those who maybe have just discovered us, we've got quite a long history of material for you to check out! Regardless, we're riding a pretty strong wave of momentum now, so stay tuned for more music from us in the near future.
Matt Kozar (photograph by David Wright)
I love how the new album takes chances and really explores a variety of musical tapestries. You can hear the evolution of our influences and tastes come through in the songwriting, as well as the different layers and sounds used throughout. We made a purposeful attempt to experiment with new sounds and each song has its own unique flavor while maintaining a consistency that makes the album, as a whole, work. My favorites songs are the bookends of the album. "I Will Wait" immediately smacks you in the face and creates an energy that never lets up. "Feel the Rain" takes you on a journey through an ethereal soundscape the hypnotizes the listener into wanting more. Looking forward to our next musical journey...