Bravo Max is an American rock band originally formed in 2010 in Dallas, Texas. To date, they have released two full length albums: Dog’s Light (2012), produced by Grammy-winner Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Mule Variations, Iggy Pop, William Burroughs) and their sophomore full length Bullfighter Blues released November 4th, 2016. The new album was mixed by Grammy-winner Stuart Sikes (The Walkmen, Modest Mouse, White Stripes, Cat Power) & engineered by Matthew Barnhart (Shearwater, Destroyer, Midlake, The New Pornographers).
The new work is a decisive shift in direction for Bravo Max and it is the culmination of nearly three years of truly collaborative writing. Since slimming down to a trio from the previous release’s line up as a sextet, the band has also taken on a vastly different sound, going from the previous releases’ raucous Americana to current day progressive rock and roll. In addition to top shelf musicianship by the backbone trio, guest performances, including baritone sax, steel guitar, Hammond B3 organ, trumpet, flute, and trombone, help to solidify the rowdy and emphatic style of the November release. Bullfighter Blues is a gritty and triumphant trip; it is a dreamy flash of instrumental psychedelia mixed with easily accessible rock and roll.
“an engaging, colorfully diverse and sonically dynamic record seemingly guided by its own personal spirit animal”
“a real rock powerhouse”
“the roadhouse rock of “Bee AndThe Boxer” owes a nod to both Chuck Berry and The Replacements”
“One of the most complete albums out of Dallas this year.”
“Sounds like they dropped a few buttons in the west Texas deserts while on a vision quest and came out the other side with some new ideas.”
“Writing slowly in a fishing cabin in Canton, the new album’s sound is certainly different than the songs on the folk-tinged debut. Imagine if the Theater Fire or Telegraph Canyon decided to play music more influenced by the Kinks and Kurt Vile… Padgett is to be thanked for the punk rock approach to the songs along with blues and ’60s rock. Beauford likes the Chicago-based Bloodshot Records approach: championing the music that’s in between genres.”