Bran Van 3000 resurrecting the prehistoric going into NXNE
It’s only fitting that his career with the collective from Montreal, Que. would come around full circle to be headlining the festival for the last couple years – a perfect rebound from a several year hiatus that left Bran Van 3000 lost, but not forgotten for nearly half a decade.
“We’re really excited to get back to T-O, it’s been so long,” said Di Salvio opening up the interview.
“Our first show ever as a band was North By Northeast, our first real show anyway. This will be our third time now. We’ll never forget that, being in that room, being scared shitless, and life changed for us then. Thus began our worldly journey.”
Although life separated the founders, DJ Di Salvio and E.P. Bergen in the start of the 21st century, they never lost sight of what they created back in Manhattan in 1994.
After so much living and different experiences, the electronic stimulants are back fully charged and ready to rock.“We left rehearsal totally charged, we left like little kids, just so excited to play Toronto again, one of the girls that sings with us, Kwanza, she’s particularly stoked to play this year.”
Any fan of Bran Van knows that they’ve come back strong not only on stage, but in studio as well since they’re return in 2007, with their third full-length press, Rosé, followed up a few years later with another throw down, their fourth album, The Garden.
“After so long of a break, and experiencing so much of life on our own, gotta say it’s amazing to be back full tilt.”
BV3 never produces less than what they do best, which pumps up a crowd or steadily rocks a set of headgear, but this time, working on their fifth studio album, Di Salvio said they’re bringing it to a new conceptual level, with a massive prehistoric twist.
Martyr was privy to some behind the scenes previews of the new album, which everyone will get a taste of live, June 14, at the Horseshoe Tavern, when they light the stage accompanied by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Violens, Hooded Fang, and Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers.
“We decided to make our first thematic, conceptual idea of an album,” explained Di Salvio. “The working title is Meglodon.”
Dropping the second vowel from the name of the infamous prehistoric shark – the Megalodon – an extinct species that lived approximately one and a half million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era. Funny part about the spelling is that it came from misprinted t-shirts they had made, and liked it.
“It’s a rock opera, we’re working on. It’s a darker, or heavier side of Bran Van, and we’ve really let ourselves go for this one.”
“The shark feels like a whale inside, and ends up isolating himself in a toxic reef, because he’s ostracized and sick of scaring people, and he doesn’t want to hurt anybody. So it talks of misunderstandings, and a metaphor for the underground of humanity.”
Regardless of its deep insightful meaning, inspirational theme, and symbiotic nature about us in relation to our planet, Di Salvio states it won’t fail to make people dance and rock out in the true Bran Van fashion.
“It’s been really fun to write this narrative art, and get into a hero’s journey. The usual crew of collaborative voices this time will represent the characters in the story.”
Keep your eyes peeled for the new record that should be spun by the end of summer to early fall of this year.