“I feel like I get so caught up trying to make moves that sometimes I miss the train. This time was different. This time I just jumped and started putting it all together. “
More than just a pop-rock band, Raleigh quartet The Bronze Age is taking the concept of family to the next level by bringing their inspirations together in their explosive new single “Don’t Worry, It Only Hurts For A Second”. Recently signing on with mega-management company Artery Global, The Bronze Age is surprisingly young for their current success with their inception taking place in 2018. Below, The Bronze Age talks about what brought them to become musicians, the writing process behind the new single, and more.
1) Since you guys are from Raleigh, tell us a little bit about your experience in the Carolina music scene.
The Carolina music scene is very diverse. We all came out of different genres. I (Jesse) came from heavier rock and metal, Clae came from Americana, Austin came from Pop Punk, and Alex also came from a background in heavy music. The scene has been very generous in putting us in front of people who might not normally have seen us. We are all friends with each other and it makes it easier to put a bill together with a lot of diverse bands. It’s home and we’re all family.
2) The upcoming single “Don’t Worry, It Only Hurts For A Second” is about getting caught up in decision making. Can you talk about a specific time in your life that involved too much overthinking?
Jesse – Ha, everything with us involves overthinking, but honestly, I can refer to the song as a huge example. I’m 31 and still chipping away at making music my career; a couple of years ago when I first started thinking about starting up The Bronze Age, there were so many questions revolving around in my head. Am I too old? Will it work this time? I’ve got to start over and is it all worth it? The absolute answer was yes, it has been. This song expresses that for me because I let go of fear, and trusted my decision was the right one. I feel like I get so caught up trying to make moves that sometimes I miss the train. This time was different. This time I just jumped and started putting it all together.
Clae – Honestly I have the exact opposite problem. I tend to make snap decisions at the drop of a hat and sometimes I don’t weigh out the consequences as much as I probably should. The upside is that I don’t get bogged down in some of those questions Jesse was talking about, but they definitely come up after the fact and if I’m not careful I’ll have to dig myself back out of a hole. Luckily, I’ve got these guys to help tamper down some of that impulsiveness and keep me in line.
3) You guys get to play the state fair this year, that’s an interesting venue! How do you think that will be different from a regular venue?
Well everyone will be eating turkey legs for one. It’ll be a little different because we’re playing to people that may not normally attend a rock show, but not so different in the sense that we’re gonna have a blast and make sure people get their money’s worth.
4) This new single is a total banger, tell us about the writing process. Was this a quick one or did it take some time to put together?
Jesse – This one was pretty quick honestly, a lot goes into our writing process but with this one it was like it was already there. We just had to play it. I remember sitting in our studio space and just telling Clae “hit record. I’ve got something. “
Clae – We were all sitting in the studio and trying out some ideas and Jesse played the intro riff and we both instantly knew it was going to be something special. We had the music completely written in about two hours and the lyrics didn’t take much longer. As Jesse said, it was like the song was already there and we just pulled it out of the ether.
5) What inspired you to make music a serious part of your life?
Jesse- I remember going to a concert when I was 16 or so, it was a Blink 182 show. I went to the bathroom before the show was supposed to start and this guy walks in while I’m washing my hands and just starts talking to me, asking me if I was stoked for the show and whatnot, didn’t think anything of it. About 30 mins later a band walks out on stage and the singer was that guy! He started slinging the mic around and just having a Blast! It ended up being Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday. That’s the moment when it really clicked that I wanted to be a performer and take this as serious as possible. I haven’t looked back since.
Clae – I was never any good at sports when I was a kid, so I started playing music instead. I joined my first band when I was 13 and it just clicked. I took to it like a duck to water. From the first show I ever played I’ve known it was going to be a major part of my life. Music is what keeps me centered and it’s the thing I feel the most at home doing.
Austin – Getting out of my bedroom and playing with other musicians was the first real step. Seeing how the music all comes together between multiple instruments and voices is really incredible to be apart of at any level. But the biggest impact is how what you play impacts your listeners. Creating music from the platform gives you a unique viewpoint that not many people get to have, and it’s one of the best experiences.
Alex – Music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a musical family and picked up drums and guitar at an early age. Playing music for a living had always been a dream of mine from a very early age. Throughout college, I would find as many musical outlets as possible and a lot of them became paid opportunities which I used as a main source of income while I was school. The closer I got to graduation, the busier I got with music and I just couldn’t get enough. I knew that going and getting a “big boy” job after graduation was what I was supposed to do but music kept calling my name and I haven’t looked back since
6) What are some specific songs that showed you music meant more than just sounds?
Jesse – “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen and the E street band – I remember riding around with my dad and he would blast the boss as loud as he could! We would talk about the lyrics together and what he was saying, I think that’s the time when I connected with music on a different level. On the other end of my youth it would be “Collapse” by Saosin and “sidewalks” by Story of the Year. The emotion in those songs really hit home for me.
“That was a watershed moment for me, recognizing that music really is the Great Unifier. It builds bridges between people who otherwise might not have a common ground to connect on.”
Clae – My earliest experience with that was “Gimme Three Steps” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. I know it’s not a very serious song, but my family has always been into classic rock and I remember listening to Skynyrd with my folks and just having a blast. It wasn’t really even about the music, but the music acted as a means to connect us to one another and bring us closer together. That was a watershed moment for me, recognizing that music really is the Great Unifier. It builds bridges between people who otherwise might not have a common ground to connect on.
Austin – For me I grew up around a lot of music that I connected with. One of my favorite memories was getting into classic rock for the first time as I started learning guitar. I remember trying to put Led Zeppelin’s Heartbreaker on my iPod, and then my dad noticed and brought out a ton of his old rock records. I also grew up with a very contemporary church background, and being apart of worship music like that was another thing I really clicked with and still to this day enjoy. My favorite emotional rock record though has to be This Is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars. That album has so much depth and passion to it you can’t help but wanna sing as loud as Jared Leto.
Alex – When I really started getting into music, there were two albums that really changed my perspective on music. I couldn’t narrow it down to specific songs haha. “Define the Great Line” by Underoath and “Continuum” by John Mayer. Both of these albums were huge influences on me even though they are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to genres. Both of those albums were what really got me into the art aspect of music and really challenged me to become a better musician.
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