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The desert can beat you down, but it’s also capable of elevation in ways that are hard to put into words. Braden Anderson tries to. He grew up in the badlands of New Mexico, in a state that he claims is certainly at the top of the bad lists and the bottom of the good in a lot of senses.
Anderson took root in one of the poorer places in the nation. It’s a socio-economic nuance that he doesn’t look back on lightly. That being said, he’s quick to acknowledge the power inherent in the land; palpable electricity that needs to be experienced in person to be understood.
The desert is more of a feeling than it is a place.
Anderson is drummer for the New Mexico rock and rollers The Strange. With no specific watering hole to draw from over the years, the band has persevered through various incarnations and traveled many roads. The desert within, however, has been rekindled as of late: with their next record they’ve perfected a sound all their own. They call it “desert rock.”
For their upcoming release, The Strange chose Frogville to spawn their most self-realized sound to date. It’s organic and ripping, capturing their live show lightning in a bottle. Members brought the desert into the studio to create a signature sand storm of blustering roots rock and roll.
All the while, a storm raged outside.
“There was a lot of thunder and rain throughout the recording process,” remembers Anderson. “So that kind of came out in the vibes of some of those songs. We’re still looking for a name, but it may have something to do with the weather.”
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself!
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on The Strange!
Upcoming Tour Dates
06/08/14 – The Underground, Santa Fe, NM
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