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SOUND TO BEHOLD: Nashville’s Behold the Brave brings their Southern indie sound to Tulsa

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Nicknamed “Music City,” Nashville was once known as the Mecca of country music. But, over the past couple of decades, it has seen an influx of all kinds of sounds, putting it on par with New York or Los Angeles as the place for a new band to get discovered. It’s one of the reasons indie rockers Behold the Brave left their home in Chattanooga.

“People who play all kinds of music have realized it’s cheap to live out here and it’s got that Southern charm those other cities don’t have,” singer and guitarist Clayton Davis said. “The music business started moving down there and realized there was some money to be made and they could get bands real cheap, and because the industry moved there, a lot of bands have started moving there. That’s what we did. We had to do something bigger, put ourselves in a bigger pond, and Nashville was right there. It’s got everything you need, as far as the music industry goes; it’s crazy man…you never meet people actually from Nashville anymore and if you do, they’re called “unicorns.”

Described as having a Southern indie rock sound with “hints of psychedelia,” Behold the Brave has attained cult status in their home city over the past couple of years, with their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album having hit record store shelves earlier this month.

Davis said the band is “stoked” that listeners and critics have had a good response to it. He added that while their live shows are something unique and entirely all their own, the band did their best to keep the recording sessions as close to capturing their legendary live sound as possible.

“We actually recorded most of the songs live in the studio so that it’s pretty similar to the energy of the live show and when we recorded it, that’s kind of what we were going for,” Davis said. “We’ve always been a live band, and we’ve always jammed together a lot. That’s how we wrote the songs—we’d just get together four times a week at my mom’s and go through the songs a million times, and then we’d lay them down. ”

While the band has never played Oklahoma before, Davis and the gang are “excited” to hit the stage at 7 p.m. on July 18th at the Vanguard Music Hall, 222 N. Main St. in Tulsa. Tickets are $7 to $10 and the show is all ages. Supporting acts on the bill include In the Whale, Bringer and the Beaten Daylights.

“People can expect a rowdy good time!” Davis exclaimed. “We’re not much of a super-formal band on stage or anything—we just kind of show up, get down and play loud—but, you know, people seem to like it.”

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