There is a local folk epidemic in Bend, as lead member of Bravey Don, David Gillespie, points out. "We want to rid this town of their incessant banjo addiction. It's time to embrace rock and roll." Is Bend ready for something like this? Could it be that although our beloved harmonica-enhanced folk is what is loved, that there could be more out there? Should we embrace it? Is Bend ready to take to heart the words and passion of a man known in town to perform while he bares his body and soul in the most literal of terms? Sure. Let's do this, let's rock on.
Bravey Don's "Birth of Bravey" EP is a good way to ease into this music genre. It's not a full album so the experience is there without all that wet-blanket commitment that can stifle exploration in any avenue of life. Jonathon Burr, Jr. plays the always under-appreciated drums, Ryan Lucas fingers the bass and Gillespie mans the guitar and hollering. Though no longer in the group, but part of the EP, Kayleb James leant his experience with the guitar to the cause.
It might be the wailing, both in voice and on guitar, but within the first few moments of listening, regardless of sexual orientation, preference or lifestyle, it's easy to describe the "Birth of Bravey" EP as a "panty-dropper."
The lyrics that come about are written to suit the music, says Gillespie, and aren't always ones that have that generic appeal. "Some of our songs are pointed at certain demographics and are written in an attempt to get a rise out of them," says singer and songwriter Gillespie. He talks openly about the need for social reform in terms of not, "seeking out an opportunity to be righteously offended." Bravey Don wants to be able to give those out there an outlet, an excuse, and a reason to have fun and enjoy the diversity of life in music. The group's talents have gotten enough attention for this band to be able to open for nationally recognized band Eve 6, warming up the crowd May 29. Aside from this big gig, they often play at least once a month in local venues around town. Check out The Source's calendar for upcoming shows and until then, check out the EP online: Braveydon1.bandcamp.com and Facebook.com/braveydon.