Brownout is back from the darkness with their first release of original music in over 5 years. The new EP aptly named Over the Covers, out June 2nd, is a tongue in cheek title that speaks for itself. Bandmember Beto Martinez adds, “After spending the last 4 years touring behind the two Brown Sabbath records, we’re frankly “Over the Covers.” As much fun as we had doing that project we were long overdue for an original release and were very much looking forward to that. The title is our shout out to everyone that Brownout is back doing what we do!”
The 4-track EP was recorded in between their busy touring schedule, which includes moonlighting as Grammy Winning Latin Funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, the band recorded everywhere from the Bay Area at Transistor Sound to the band’s own studios in Austin, TX, Level One Sound and Lechehouse studios to James Petralli (who co-produced one of the tracks) from White Denim’s personal studio, also in Austin, TX. The album was mixed by producer/multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee and his engineer Pierre Duplan at their UK studio.
The idea behind this release was to hit the reset button on Brownout. Over the Covers has the band’s hallmark sounds – no-nonsense latin percussion, 2 guitars, horn section and a machine-like rhythm section. However, the influence of having interpreted Black Sabbath for years is also hard to ignore. The result is at once psychedelic, heavy, funky and intense. In addition, Brownout was able to add something they’d never had before in the form of lead singer/lyricist Alex Marrero, whose lyrical themes are loftier and more timeless than their previous material. Says Marrero, “For me, it was all about the process of collaboration and starting to fit into Brownout as an actual new member vs. being the front man for Brown Sabbath. Part of that was tackling the songwriting. If there is an underlying theme in all of these songs it would be symptoms of the human condition, which anyone can relate to.” Cannot wait for this EP. As evidenced in their previous work, this new EP is sure to be pleasurable for the ears.