Jack Bruno’s music combines both dark and light, making for the perfect musical yin and yang to take over the rock genre. Just as his story includes both dark times, and bright moments — his accomplishments as a solo musician are just beginning.
With vocals like a dreamy modern-day “Oasis” mixed with gritty guitar and dusty hip-hop drums — it’s easy to see why he would be moving up so quickly on the KROQ “Locals Only” charts .
From “Time”’s driving but dreamy bridge, Bruno stays true to his sound and Andy Warhol-esque vision while mixing soul with sizzling electronic textures, throbbing distortion, hypnotic crooning, and hip hop undertones. The track was recorded with producer Jeremiah Raisen and channels Bruno’s love of Gorillaz and British grime artists like AJ Tracey.
“We had two different drum machines with different beats that worked over each other — which you would think would take away from the song. But in the end, it made perfect sense to have a complicated and confusing groove underneath, ‘cause that was the feeling and emotion of the song: complicated and confusing,” Jack says.
Jack Bruno’s songs are songs of survival: the sounds of an artist who was driven to the edge, but chose not to jump. But after inching backward off the ledge, and becoming re-inspired by the Lime Boyz’ creative community he’s found at home in Los Angeles, it’s the sound of an artist forsaking his once-toxic addictions, and finding the ambition to rediscover the pleasure in creation.
Bruno has always been the sole songwriter in his various bands. He learned to play guitar, drums, bass, and piano by watching other musicians, and taught himself rudimentary self-recording. In 2015, Jack Bruno was on the cusp of breaking out with his indie synth alternative band “Raw Fabrics” — who toured with Weezer and Alt-J, and released two acclaimed EPs. In true rock n’ roll form, when “Raw Fabrics” were getting known, “getting high” accidentally took precedence over making music for Bruno. His habit became a total addiction. His bandmates quit. His long term girlfriend left him. And he entered rehab…
With sober reinvention and self-awareness now in view, Jack has since ditched the band name to perform as himself. “It’s a big step of just owning it,” he says. “It’s a way to dive deeper — really personal storytelling about sharing my experiences and connecting on a bigger level. It’s a more meaningful and mature way of doing things.”
With an EP expected to be released later this fall and various upcoming performance dates including the popular Los Angeles show, “Emo Night,” Jack Bruno’s musical reinvention is not one to be missed…