Brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon don’t at all times agree on all the pieces.
After performing an eclectic mixture of music collectively for almost three many years as The Bacon Brothers, the duo have a reasonably completely different strategy and aesthetic in terms of creating music. Whereas they agree that the songs themselves are extra vital than making an attempt to stay to anyone particular sound, they’re not afraid to blur style strains, which is obvious of their newest EP, “Erato.”
“We’re a songwriting band,” Michael stated throughout a current cellphone interview additionally joined by Kevin. “We reside and die on the songs.”
Although each brothers are busy with their day jobs and households, they find time for music. Michael is a university professor and TV and movie rating composer. Kevin, sure that Kevin Bacon, is an award-winning actor recognized for movies like “Footloose,” “Mystic River” and “Apollo 13” and TV reveals like “The Following” and his newest sequence, “Metropolis on a Hill.” Earlier this 12 months, the pair carved out time to work on new music and can be sprinkling recent tunes into their reside units as they cease by The Coach Home in San Juan Capistrano on Aug. 24, Stomach Up in Solana Seashore on Aug. 25 and The Canyon in Agoura Hills on Aug. 26.
When it got here time to put in writing the songs for the brand new EP, Kevin stated he was struggling for inspiration. At some point Erato, the Greek goddess of lyric poetry, randomly popped into his thoughts.
“I feel possibly she may have been a crossword puzzle clue that my brother shared,” Kevin stated throughout a cellphone interview. “I used to be having a tough time developing with one thing to put in writing after which I examine her and thought, ‘OK, possibly I can write a track about her.’ In a bizarre method it labored, and she or he impressed that track. She was my muse.”
Whereas Kevin evoked the spirit of a Greek goddess to get his writing juices going, Michael discovered inspiration whereas digging by way of many years of music clips for movies and tv reveals that he had saved on reel-to-reel tapes. As he went again to protect his work by digitizing and higher organizing his recordsdata, he started to stuff previous concepts right into a folder merely titled “cool stuff.” There was one piece of labor specifically that caught his consideration. It was one thing he’d written for a TV present over 20 years in the past that wound up within the track “Let Me Occur to You Lady.”
“After we had been excited about this file, I pulled that out and I simply wrote a track on prime of it,” he stated. “That’s one thing I don’t suppose I’ve ever completed in my complete profession.”
The “Erato” EP was additionally a possibility for The Bacon Brothers to work with musician and songwriter Desmond Youngster, a Songwriters Corridor of Fame inductee that has written hits for artists like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper and Ricky Martin. The brothers and Youngster collaborated on the pop-rock track “In Reminiscence (Of Once I Cared).”
“It was tremendous cool and likewise uncommon for us,” Kevin stated of the pairing. “We will depend on one hand the instances we’ve had songwriting periods with different writers, which we’re beginning to get pleasure from and get into extra usually. We spent in the future within the studio simply hanging out and the second day we took it away and began to provide you with the track. It was tremendous poppy and it nonetheless is a pop track, however we wished to provide it a bit extra of a rockin’ really feel, in order that’s the manufacturing idea we got here up with.”
Furthering the household facet of The Bacon Brothers EP, Travis Bacon, the son of Kevin and his spouse, actress Kyra Sedgwick, produced the observe “Karaoke City.” Travis has his personal recording studio and is the guitarist of the metallic band Black Anvil.
“I had written that track in a brilliant folky type of dial, however I actually wished to take it out of that and provides it an edgier sort of backing soundtrack,” Kevin stated. “So, I gave it to Trav and I knew he would have sense of this. He’s additionally a composer, so he has that ability as a programmer. I simply gave him some normal path and he crushed it.”
As for what The Bacon Brothers take heed to of their spare time, Kevin stated he and his spouse flew out to Las Vegas to see Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s Grammy award-winning ’70s funk-inspired project Silk Sonic. He additionally famous that he not too long ago loved dinner with a gaggle of “younger folks” who supplied strategies on artists he needs to be listening to.
“I rapidly scrambled to put in writing down all of those artists they stated I needs to be testing,” he shared with amusing. “I sat in my automotive yesterday on the airport and made a playlist of songs that they had been recommending, so I’ll be taking a spin by way of that a few instances.”
“One of many nice issues about doing interviews with my brother is we discover out a number of stuff about one another,” Michael stated, admitting he knew nothing about Silk Sonic. “I are likely to not be any person who’s drawn like a moth to a flame to pop music or rock music, but when I hear Kevin point out a band greater than a few instances, I’ll undoubtedly test it out. Generally I’m stunned and delighted that I actually relate to it. I’m not likely a shopper of fashionable tradition, however for that cause, if I discover one thing I really like, I actually like it. As quickly as we grasp up, I’m going to take a look at Silk Sonic.”
The Bacon Brothers
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 24
The place: The Coach Home, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
Tickets: $57 at thecoachhouse.com