INDIE | Brave Baby
Charleston Arts Festival Finale
w/ Benny Starr & Guests, Matadero, Beach Tiger, DJ Sista Misses
Sat. Oct. 28
$25 ($5-off early bird deal with promo code SCARE)
The Royal American
Just in time for this weekend’s Charleston Arts Festival Finale, local indie rockers Brave Baby step back into the spotlight with the release of brand new single, “Soothsayer,” which got a premiere yesterday from Paste Magazine. Frontman Keon Masters says the track was written at the beginning of the year as he reflected on where he was at in his life as well as the band’s. A few things had been affecting Brave Baby: Two members, (Steven Walker and Jordan Hicks) left to join the Artisanals, coupled with what felt like Brave Baby was on the verge of a breakup. Donald Trump was elected as president, and their label, Hearts & Plugs, had dissolved.
Now, the band looks forward to sharing the stage with Benny Starr for the first time since the Southern Discomfort forum one year ago, where they sat together on the stage of the old Redux discussing racism in the local music scene. Drummer and producer Wolfgang Zimmerman says the band has grown a lot since then and their music will be better as a result of it. He says they feel lucky to have made it through as a band that’s continuing to make music, with a new LP slated to drop early next year.
“Also there’s so many people who have come into our lives now that we didn’t know before — I didn’t know Matt Monday or Khari [Khari Lucas of Contour]. I didn’t really know Benjamin Starr,” says Zimmerman. “So I feel like there’s been a cool convergence, and we’re nowhere near where we need to go, but it’s opened up the eyes of a lot of people. When we look back on it years from now I hope it’ll be the thing that hopefully brought us together and the time when we tore a lot of things down.”
As for the current lineup, Brave Baby’s added Human Resources’ Aaron Utterback as bassist, and guitarist Christian Chidester is still part of the band’s original core. They also snagged Human Resources’ Paul Chelmis to film Brave Baby’s very first official music video, which dropped via the Huffington Post on Thurs. Oct. 26.
“Soothsayer” will be available on all major music outlets this weekend. Listen to the song’s insanely infectious groove here and stay tuned for more big things in the cards here soon for Brave Baby.