AN INTERVIEW WITH BRONZER
Emerging from a primordial bay polluted by the likes of the Mortal Kombat theme and Burt Bacharach, you'll find Bronzer, San Francisco's fun-loving soundtrack to your impending Sludgement Day. Now with the release of their new single "Painted Red" from their upcoming EP releasing on December 19th, we decided to catch up with the band to chat about all things Bronzer, delve into the psyche of the under-dog and share some great homemade cosmetics recipes. Check out their new single below while you get a disgruntled wait staff to sing Happy Birthday Wyatt and Gil!
THE BIRTH OF BRONZER?
We took a long look at the scene from every angle and realized that no one was upholding the historical musical legacy of the great Burt Bacharach. Ultimately though, we just really enjoy playing music together, so the band formed because we needed fill that void in our lives.
We were trying to figure out a name that represented how we felt about our band, and we had this concept of being the underdog or wild card. We liked the idea of feeling like you're going somewhere, but not really succeeding. So we developed this kind of third place mentality, as if we were always getting the bronze medal. So after liking that concept, the name kind of just fell in place.
DO ANY OF YOU IN FACT ACTUALLY USE BRONZER?
We actually produce homemade bronzer out of our kitchen basically like fight club, so yeah we all use bronzer daily. It’s just like any other routine; wake-up, poo, shower, brush teeth, and then throw on a lil Bronzer.
WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES WHEN THE BAND STARTED AS WELL AS SOME OF YOUR MORE CURRENT ONES?
We all like a lot of different types of music, so kind of a toughy. I will say though that the other day I listened to the Mortal Kombat theme song on repeat for about 6 hours, which is equivalent to railing speed through your ears. That was definitely the most productive day I've had in awhile.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC SCENE?
The San Francisco music scene is analogous to the ecosystem of the deep ocean. All the scavengers look for dead whales in the dark and sometimes a shiny submarine comes along so you go up and say hello. No, but in seriousness the scene here is very small. Rent has made it tough to stay and the type of people who can afford to live here don't really go to shows. We just try and put together as many cool shows as we can.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO WORK WITH ASTRO LIZARD?
They reached out to us on Instagram, and then pretty quickly we became good buddies. Before we knew it we were recording at their studio in Long Beach and sleeping on their couches.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM BRONZER IN 2018?
The Bronzer bois are headed down to LA where the sun shines 24/7. We've all lived in SF for over 7 years and love it but it's a place that's only getting smaller. Also, we may have to alter our name because some dingle berry is trying to sue us over the name Bronzer. Don't worry though because we've assembled a team of lawyers that would make OJ blush.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST UNEXPECTED OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME AS A BAND SO FAR?
We have a large pile of trash in our studio that has recently become self aware and assembled an army of flies to attack us while we practice. Sludgement day is upon us.
BIGGEST COMPLIMENT SOMEONE EVER GAVE THE BAND? BIGGEST INSULT?
One time we played with this band and their bass player came up to us after and said he was vibing really hard with our set. That was huge. We have never been insulted by anyone at least directly, but we insult each other daily.
ANY ADVICE FOR A NEW BAND STARTING UP IN SF?
If you don't have many connections here and expect to take the world by storm cool your jets starsky. If you play more psych type music there is a scene here which probably gets the most consistent draws. Going to Bronzer shows will def get you street cred (probably not) and possibly a HJ.
photo by BRADEN BUGAY