“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.
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