“an engaging, colorfully diverse and sonically dynamic record seemingly guided by its own personal spirit animal”
“a real rock powerhouse”
From pop to (heavy) rock and all sorts of styles in between, you get it all. There are a lot of useful English rock band influences, like Paul Weller, The Jam, Oasis to name a few… intelligent (pop) rock music with a lot of dynamics and great melodies.”
Oddly enough, this Dallas band made a stylistic shift that runs against the current. Instead of a rock band cynically deciding to cash in on the Americana bandwagon, Bravo Max started out as Americana, and now they’ve gone full-on rock. In their songs you may hear hints of Badfinger, Jethro Tull and the Long Ryders. Surprisingly diverse, Bullfighter Blues is well worth seeking out.
A new 15-track sophomore full length from Dallas trio Bravo Max, Bullfighter Blues out now on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, etc.
The album was mixed by Grammy-winner Stuart Sikes (The Walkmen, Modest Mouse, White Stripes, Cat Power), recorded by Matthew Barnhart (Shearwater, Destroyer, Midlake, The New Pornographers), and mastered by Billy Stull (Okkervil River, Doug Sahm, Robert Gomez, Deathray Davies).
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The new work is a decisive shift in direction for Bravo Max and it is the culmination of nearly three years of truly collaborative writing. Since slimming down to a trio from the previous release’s line up as a sextet, the band has also taken on a vastly different sound, going from raucous Americana to progressive rock and roll. In addition to top shelf musicianship by the backbone trio, guest performances, including baritone sax, steel guitar, Hammond B3 organ, trumpet, flute, and trombone, help to solidify the rowdy and emphatic style of the November release. Bullfighter Blues is a gritty and triumphant trip; it is a dreamy flash of instrumental psychedelia mixed with easily accessible rock and roll.
“One of the most complete albums out of Dallas this year.”
“Sounds like they dropped a few buttons in the west Texas deserts while on a vision quest and came out the other side with some new ideas.”
Those who want an album of American infallibility to add to their collection, it is essential to comply with the new album Bravo Max.
“the roadhouse rock of “Bee And The Boxer” owes a nod to both Chuck Berry and The Replacements”
“Writing slowly in a fishing cabin in Canton, the new album’s sound is certainly different than the songs on the folk-tinged debut. Imagine if the Theater Fire or Telegraph Canyon decided to play music more influenced by the Kinks and Kurt Vile… Padgett is to be thanked for the punk rock approach to the songs along with blues and ’60s rock. Beauford likes the Chicago-based Bloodshot Records approach: championing the music that’s in between genres.”
“Slimmed down from a sextet to a trio, Bravo Max’s second album Bullfighter Blues, is a set of blues-infused rock & roll swagger that more than justifies the buzz surrounding them. With a 70’s vibe running just below the surface… and with bassist Johnny Beauford adding Bolanesque vocals to their powerhouse playing, this is a quality release.”
-ROCK N’ REEL MAGAZINE, UK
“Instead of raving about every track… I’m gonna get to the point – these boys are ready to lift off into the big time”
-Pete Innes, BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE, UK
“While the title track takes a floating magic-carpet ride through the desert atmospherics of Howe Gelb and Giant Sand, “Raise a Toast,” with its beaming horns, is a bold, brilliant splash of color, and the expansive “Salt Stones” takes flight into a vast, twinkling sky of panoramic guitars.”
Publicity, Europe -Peter Holmstedt, Hemifrån
Publicity, US – Matt Kelly, Michael J Media
more about Bullfighter Blues (liner notes, lyrics, full album credits etc)… https://ilovebravomax.
|Tour: 2017 Tour|
|07/29/17||Denton, Texas||Dan’s Silverleaf|
|Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $7-$10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 103 Industrial Street. Venue phone: (940)320-2000. On Saturday, July 29th Bravo Max will be in Denton, TX for a show at Dan’s Silverleaf w/ killer rock bands’ Duell and Oil Boom to follow. Buy Tickets More information|
|08/19/17||Grand Prairie, TX||Action Park Grand Prairie|
|Time: 5:00pm. Admission: $15 DOOR ($12 ADV). Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1002 Lonestar Pkwy. On August 19th Bravo Max will be at the North Texas Skateboarding Local Arts and Music Festival at Action Park Grand Prairie. Bravo Max plays day 2 at 5p, and the debut of this fest features Dead Mockingbirds, Sealion, The Unlikely Candidates, and many more. Buy Tickets More information|
|Tour: Bullfighter Blues Tour|
|09/22/17||Dallas, TX||Three Links|
|Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $12 ADV \ $14 Day Of Show. Address: 2704 Elm St.. On Friday, September 22nd, Bravo Max are playing one at home in Dallas, TX opening the night up for The Warlocks at Three Links in Deep Ellum. One of the best little venues in the city. Do not miss. Buy Tickets More information|
|10/13/17||Dallas, TX||The Foundry Bar|
|Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2303 Pittman St.. Venue phone: 214-749-1112. On Friday, October 13th Bravo Max will play a free show at The Foundry Bar in Dallas, TX. The show is free to attend and starts at 8p. More information|
|10/14/17||Plano, TX||The Fillmore Pub|
|Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1004 E. 15th St.. Venue phone: 214-423-2400. On Saturday, October 14th Bravo Max will be at The Fillmore Pub in Plano, TX for Fillmore’s Anniversary party. Also on the bill is Eleven Hundred Springs. Show starts at around 7p. Buy Tickets More information|
|10/19/17||Tupelo, MS||The Blue Canoe|
|Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: N. Gloster St. Venue phone: (662) 269-2642. On Thursday, October 19th Bravo Max will be in Tupelo, MS at The Blue Canoe. Show starts at 7:30p. Free to attend. More information|
|10/21/17||Bowling Green, KY||The A Frame|
|Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $5.00-$10.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1229 Center St. Venue phone: (270) 991-5113. On Saturday, October 21st Bravo Max will be in Bowling Green, KY for a show at The A Frame. Show at 8p. Local support TBA. Buy Tickets More information|
|11/04/17||Dallas, TX||The Free Man|
|Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2626 Commerce St. On Saturday, November 4th Bravo Max will play a free show at The Free Man in Dallas. Music from 10:30p to late. More information|
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