June Austin360 Artist of the Month Brownout, has been one of the fiercest instrumental attack squads in Austin for over a decade, but their new EP “Over the Covers,” showcases a new side of the band.
When their metal cover project, “Brown Sabbath,” became the sleeper hit of summer 2014, the band brought on their longtime homie, Alex Marrero to play Ozzy Osbourne on the extensive tours that followed. They kept him in the mix as they began to develop original work. It’s the first time the nine-person squad has employed a lead vocalist, and his presence adds a new focus and urgency to the music.
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The band stopped by the Statesman Studio earlier this week to perform the fiery track “You Don’t Have to Fall.”
Guitarist Adrian Quesada came up with the idea for the hook. He was thinking of the political adage, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. “
“But then I also like the idea that “You Don’t Have to Fall” could be, you don’t have to fall for anything in life,” he said last month. “So I handed something as vague as that to Alex.”
“And I took it in a totally different direction,” Marrero said with a laugh.
“The story in my mind is just a relationship story. Not an autobiographical one just a general one,” he said.
Either way, the sharp lyricism has a powerful resonance, and we can expect more new heat from Brownout in the not-too-distant future. The band is currently working on a full length album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.
And though they named the new EP “Over the Covers” as a tongue-and-cheek swipe at the unexpected longevity of their run as a Sabbath cover band, they were recently approached by the hip-hop label Fat Beats to do a collection of Public Enemy instrumentals that should be out before the end of the year.
“We’ll be doing more covers this fall. We’ll be ‘Fear of a Brown Planet,’” Quesada said.