With the 4/20 premiere of their new music video for “4 On The Floor”, Long Beach, CA own Perro Bravo is giving the song away for FREE, this week only, exclusively at The Pier. The video was directed by The Pier’s own Jeff Pliskin of Raised Fist Propaganda…
You can download Perro Bravo’s single “4 On The Floor” for FREE, on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday April 25th, 2015.
Perro Bravo – “4 On The Floor”
“4 On The Floor” Background:
The video for “4 On The Floor” was shot in Sunset Beach, a neighboring community of Long Beach that Miguel refers to as his second home and a place where his good friend Brad Nowell lived and surfed.
The music video shows the great day and the life of the band starting off with them rehearsing at the Compound Studio in Long Beach before heading to Mothers Bar in Sunset to shoot the group performing a live gig. Miguel explained: “There’s a little bar down in Sunset called Mothers that we’ve been going to for 30 years and it’s like an old banged up beach-shack. The main part of the video is shot at the Compound Studio in Long Beach, a studio where Ikey Owens use to record a lot, a long with myself and Marshall Goodman.”
The song features the late Isaiah Ikey Owens, a spectauclar Long Beach based keyboardist and musician who passed away last October while on tour with Jack White. At the end of the music video for the song, you’ll see that it is dedicated to Ikey and his brother and guitarist – former member of Hepcat, Aaron Owens, who would later pass this last March.
“I’m glad I made those two jam together,” reflects Miguel. “They loved each other as brothers, but it was hard to get them to jam together. They were just both musical forces of nature, you know what I mean? I have a lot of good music from Ikey and a lot of good music from Aaron. Aaron was working on an album, so we’re going to finish that. Everybody wants to pitch in, all the Hepcat guys, just an all-star cast of characters. Ikey’s solo album is coming out on Thirdman Records, Jack White’s label.”
Good news for Perro Bravo fans is that you will soon be able to pick up all of their music in MP3 format via iTunes. While the news is great for us iPod touting fans who want our music on the go, Miguel explains: “I wanted to try and do Vinyl only, but it turns out, and you’re never going to believe this, all of the distributors wont take the vinyl until it’s on iTunes. There’s no distributor that will take my records, so if it’s on iTunes they’ll take it.” Stay tuned for an update as to when Miguel will finally add their music to iTunes.
In the meantime, grab “4 On The Floor” for FREE download on the homepage, before Saturday April 25th and look out for the Video Premiere on 4/20.
Perro Bravo Background:
Perro Bravo was started by Miguel Happoldt and is rounded out by Greg “Mudd” Lowther on drums and Mike Long on bass. Miguel began his musical adventure as a member of the group The Ziggens and then Sublime. He played with Sublime between 1991 and 1993 and produced and mixed the band’s first album, 40 Oz. To Freedom. Among many contributions to this landmark record, Miguel sang the lead vocals on, “Scarlet Begonias” (with Brad adding the classic middle bridge) and played the guitar leads on the Bad Religion cover, “We’re Only Gonna Die For Our Own Arrogance”.
After the passing of Bradley Nowell in 1996, Miguel helped form the, “Long Beach Dub Allstars,” and produced the group’s first album, Right Back for DreamWorks. In 1998, Miguel released the first two records from a then unknown act named Slightly Stoopid on his Long Beach based label, Skunk Records. Miguel entered the studio with Slightly Stoopid again in 2002 and the results were the group being signed with a Warner Brothers affiliated label. Miguel continues to work with Slightly Stoopid to this day and was responsible for their 2008’s, “2 AM“.
Veterans of the stage and studio, Perro Bravo are more focused on the grass roots approach to bringing music to the people and a DIY ethic in the studio. The sound is similar to Sublime and Slightly Stoopid, but is also more guitar-based. Miguel explains, “We like to try and sound like an old school skunk sampler live: Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Slightly Stoopid and The Ziggens all rolled into one. I love playing those songs because I have a deep connection to all of those groups. Surf, punk, dub, and rock, that’s the formula.”
Perro Bravo will make their second trip to the bay area for a quick tour from April 23rd to April 25th. Miguel did gush about the bay area, saying “San Francisco is the music town, it always has been and probably always be. NOFX got big there, plus all the hippy bands. Punk was big there before LA. It’s like people go there to live a nice life around the art and fun shit and that energy comes.”
April 23rd @ The Catalyst. Santa Cruz, CA
April 24th @ Red Hat. Concord, CA
April 25th @ The Make-Out Room. San Francisco, CA
Huge thanks again to Perro Bravo for allowing us to share their song “4 On The Floor” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: David Norris
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