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Be Brave Bold Robot is hosting the release of their second full length album Saturday at the Fox and Goose.
Established for six years now, the band is stronger than ever. Started in the shadows of The 24K Cafe, now The Golden Bear bar, Dean Haakenson (front man) and Jeremy Pagan (guitarist) joined their musical forces to play under the name Double Helix Collective.
Since their underground start, the band has grown in maturity, popularity, and contributors. BBBR's internal relationship is what sets them apart from your average band. Although the face of the band has been subject to some changes, there is still a maintained friendship between them.
Most breakoffs from BBBR have been prompted by the simple lack of time and the obligations of day-jobs. Haakenson, who's cluttered the same cubical for six years now, understands that the band "isn't my job, it's a hobby," though he wishes it were. The band's 9-5 ranges from computer geek to community planner, and BBBR is their way of unbuttoning the collar and throwing down the tie.
Drummer Tony Ledesma believes that Haakenson is "the bread of the sandwich, holding the pieces together." This is not only true of their camaraderie, but also with their genre-bending music. Haakenson believes BBBR's collective musical influence institutes "no boundaries" to hinder their creativity. Although hard to narrow down what their sound is, BBBR manages to focus a complex collaboration of an eclectic band throughout production; the audience is left with a complete sandwich instead of an abstract salad.
If a sound comparison must be made, BBBR's vocal styling are similar to Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) with hip-hop-esque lyrics. Through and through, BBBR has a folk-rock foundation that can get funky on a whim in the style of bands like Beck or Wilco. Haakenson fell in love with underground San Francisco hip-hop during his rebellious high school years and, to this day, would still "like to be a rapper."
For Saturday's performance, BBBR is rounding up all members that played on the album to give the audience an experience "closest to the original recording," Haakenson said. Expect to see Dean Haakenson, Matty Gerken (Bass), Tony Ledesma (Percussion), Catie Turner (Viola), Carly DuHain (back-up vocals), Jeremy Pagan (guitar), Jake Gleason (horns), and Jhon Bellizia (banjo) who will be performing before BBBR as Sir Jhon. Calling on the full staff will require some of BBBR's previously members to saddle up one more time. Also, tonight at The Naked Lounge BBBR will be performing their set-list from the new CD, 'Take A Deep Breath.'
Fox and Goose is located at 1001 R Street. The show starts at 9 p.m. ($5 cover)