Although less than two years old, the Oklahoma City Southern folk act Black Canyon already is a whole new beast.
Black Canyon has changed a lot over the past six months, front man and founding member Jake Morisse said. Things are getting a lot louder.
Theres a fairly simple explanation:
Founding member Jordan Herrera departed last year, leaving Morisse to find new players, which he has in Riley Jantzen (ex-Mayola), Tyler Hopkins (The Nghiems) and Kurt Freudenberger (The Pretty Black Chains). As Morisse tells it, loud and vicious is what these guys wanted the groups core to be.
Im a punk-rock kid, he said.
Thats what we all are.
Its never more apparent than a Black Canyon live show a communal experience that demands the crowd participation of a Southern revival. The quartet considers you a fifth member, there to stomp, clap and holler.
I cant fucking stand just standing around and being too cool for everyone else. How long can you stand with your arms straight down at your side? Morisse said. Thats not Oklahoma. Were a passionate state, obviously.
Passion carried through to the bands new record, born out of a trying period for Morisse.
With this one, I came to a point where I was dealing with a lot of stuff, he said. I was figuring out a job, trying to sort out my life. Drinking had gotten heavier than it normally had been, and that scared me. So I started writing songs.
Black Canyons debut, last summers Battlefield Darlings, was a concept album, creating a narrative of lovers torn apart by the Civil War. The new one is almost purely biographical. It sacrifices fiction for no-holds-barred, unadulterated, sometimes-brutally honest truth, and theres nothing more punk rock than that.
I didnt want any bullshit. I wanted this to be as honest as possible. Its about me being drunk a lot, having trouble with women and being depressed by the thought my mother might like my brother better because hes religious and Im not, Morisse said. Its stuff I dont want to talk about at the end of the day with people. Its not good bar conversation.
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