Brandon Foremans sound has heated up into something uniquely his own
WHERE: The Boot
WHEN: Monday, July 9
"A musical landscape." I've always loved that expression, but it wasn't until now that I could use it in its fullest sense.
If the name Yellowbelly sounds familiar, it's because the band, headed up by Victoria's Brandon Foreman, has made appearances in Whistler in the past. But even if you've caught their world beat sounds previously, be sure to check them out again. Foreman's sound has evolved into something uniquely his own.
And for those who've never heard Yellowbelly, bring your imagination and prepare to let your moods run wild through love affairs, rainy nights, lazy afternoons, even the wild west.
"It's definitely been a growing process over the last two years," explains Foreman. "I grew up in Kenya, East Africa, so everything I was doing was heavily influenced by African rhythms and African guitar lines, that sort of thing. Over the years, Ive mixed in more pop and more western influences. I'm also a huge fan of British music. So with this last album, I wanted to capture more of the mood influence common to the British music. But I also wanted to use some American funk and make use of technology, with loops, to bring it into the 21st century."
The seventh track on Yellowbelly's latest CD, Naked , could be one of the best representations of that goal. While Foreman's lyrics would tell a story of a relationship and sweet desire, the richly textured music of the song, Silent Wanting, sets a western motif, if not a slightly ominous Clint Eastwood-ish atmosphere. Is he just waiting for Miss Right? Or are his intentions less honourable? Regardless, the song raises the dust from the streets and a sweat on the brow.
Do you have 007 fantasies? Get Wired and get ready for a trip. Foreman again weaves a clever tale with his words and lets his music complete the undercover rendezvous.
"When I was young, people would say 'wow, that would be great for a movie'," Foreman laughs. "I can't say that was my intention, but I do approach my writing from more of a fully encompassed vision than a lot of people do. It's not just about writing a pop song. Three chords don't often do it for me. A simple melody doesnt necessarily do it for me, although I struggle to maintain it so it is accessible to the average audience."
Yellowbelly's dreamy, mellow sounds will definitely be embraced by the right CD listeners, but capturing the attention of a room full of inebriated strangers may be another matter. The regular Boot mosh pit will be absent from this performance, and Foreman will be calling on past training in order to "own the room."