Bronze Radio Return

Bronze Radio Return

For nearly a decade, Hartford, Connecticut’sBronze Radio Returnhas traveled the world, urging their listeners to dance and sing along.Their rousing, anthemic sound creates an undeniable upbeat atmosphere that’s one part dance party and another part roots-rock.If their name doesn’t ring a bell, odds are you know one of their acclaimed singles, leaving them affectionately dubbed “the band you’ve probably heard, but haven’t heard of.”Racking up more than 60 million streams on Spotify, and with songs such as “Light Me Up,” “Further On,” and “Shake, Shake, Shake,” they have impressively notched nearly 100 high-profile placements ranging from the 2014 film St. Vincent, to commercials for Nissan and Starbucks, to numerous television shows. Along the way, their hyper-charged and hypnotic stage presence has turned bystanders into believers at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Hangout, and Firefly, and gained international recognition with tours throughout Europe and China.Their last LP, 2016’s Light Me Upskyrocketed them to even further success. Regarded as “infectiously catchy and fun to listen to from the very first line of the title track all the way to the very end” (The Prelude Press), the music of Bronze Radio Return’s former album cemented that these boys stand primed for impact in a big way.Now, the five-piece Bronze Radio Returnisgearing up to release a stream of new music, with their sound evolving more than everandwiththeir roots always firmly intact. Holding true to their previous writing and recording process, like when they escaped to Texasand Oklahoma together during the productionof Light Me Up, many of the songs came to be during lead singer Chris Henderson’s recent move to Oklahoma with little more than just an air mattress.Later, the guys came together at a ranch in Texas to record this exciting chapter of the band’s progression, both musically and personally.As the band articulates:"This latest collection of songs is a culmination of our many adventures together over the years. It’s a representation of an evolving creative process that changes with time and perspective. Who wants to read a book where every chapter is the same? This chapter is a continuation of what we started when the band began and tells a story of where we are now. The throwback elements are still there, but wewant listenersto breathe the fresh air of a sound they haven’t yet expected from us."Their new 12-song album will be rolled out as a series of singles and EPs starting in the fall of 2018before culminating inthe release of the full body of work in 2019.

Beloved by fans and critics in its hometown, the Denver-based quartet closed out the year as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Mile High City in recent memory. The promising quartet built up a strong, impassioned grassroots following that helped propel it to a pair of back-to-back wins in KTCL’s benchmark promotions, the annual Big Gig this past summer and Hometown for the Holidays.
Being able to claim this distinction in Denver is no small feat. For Wildermiss, however, it gets even better. The group not only swept both of those contests but it also earned the crowd-favorite designation at the annual Hometown for the Holidays showcase — which is entirely unprecedented in the history of the event. In the past, bands have earned one honor or the other but not both.

KTCL is the highest-rated alternative station in the region and the tastemaker that helped break and champion many of Denver’s biggest acts in the past fifteen years, an estimable lineup that includes the Fray, Flobots, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Churchill, Tickle Me Pink, Single File, and most recently, 888. Needless to say, having that station’s stamp of approval is huge, and powered by a passionate fan base that it built up one fan at a time, Wildermiss is poised to have a very big year.

Hard to believe that a little more than a year ago this foursome was an auspicious yet aspiring act playing unassuming opening slots on weeknights. The outfit quickly won fans over with a smart brand of guitar-driven pop, which has plenty in common with acts like Local Natives, Echosmith, and Florence and the Machine. Cleary, the act found its way — funny considering that the whole thing essentially started by being lost, as the title of the band’s 2017 debut, Lost With You, suggests.

“We were driving in the Redwood Forrest, and I was looking at my phone, trying to write down band names the whole time,” recalls singer Emma Cole, who coined the name last year on a road trip with drummer Caleb Thoemke. “I was just missing everything. I ‘missed’ the wilderness. So I wrote it down as a joke, and the guys -- we all texted each other our top ten names -- loved it.”

The moniker fits perfectly, just like Cole, who had been in her bandmates' orbit for quite some time, first as a member of an act she had previously played in with guitarist Seth Beamer, classmate from University of Colorado Denver – and later as a collaborator with Red Fox Run, the outfit that directly preceded Wildermiss and featured Thoemke and Beamer, along with guitarist Joshua Hester.

Shortly after Red Fox Run ended and right around the time Cole was finishing her degree, Cole asked the trio to accompany her at a graduation recital. The chemistry was immediate, and two months later, the foursome began writing songs together. After Red Fox Run ended, the three remaining members were ready to move in a different direction. Cole was the perfect addition.

A gifted vocalist whose expressive voice drives the group’s radio-friendly pop sound, Cole completed the quartet on vocals and synth bass, an instrument she started playing sort of by default — the outfit needed a bassist to bring out the bottom end but was reluctant to add a fifth member, so she stepped in. Since then, it’s sort of become a signature of the band’s burgeoning sound.

"We love the sound of two guitars. I don't know if we were really looking to add anybody,” says Beamer. “We had talked about who we could add — we know tons of musicians and have tons of friends who could definitely fit the bill — but there was something about the four of us."

This willingness to be flexible on the part of Cole is emblematic of the band’s overall approach to making music together, says Hester. “We've always been in service to the song,” he explains. “That's our goal. If we're writing something, it has to be to the benefit of the song, not our own ego. Our rule's always been we leave our ego at the door whenever we go into rehearsal. It's all about the music. It's not about what we're trying to do individually.”

“Yeah, the music is bigger than all of us,” Beamer agrees.

Indeed, judging from the songs on the act’s debut EP, this dynamic certainly seems to be in play. The songs are instantly memorable as much for their melodies as for their meaning -- both of which are equally as integral to the impact of the song, if you ask Hester. "I've always thought lyrics find their validation through melody,” he says. “You can sing the simplest line but if a melody has conviction, then it works better than the most poetic paragraph you can write."

Talk about seeing the forest for the trees.

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