Interview with Brad and Tre

Tre and Brad

The band’s new Singles ‘The Vaccine Blues’ and ‘The Golden Ratio’ are out now 

Lately, I had the pleasure to do a chat with the acoustic/country duo Brad and Tre. We talked about their latest releases, music influences, and the California music scene. 

HELLO BRAD AND TRE, TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR PROJECT AND WHAT IS THE MAIN INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR SONGS.

I’ve been listening intently to all sorts of music my whole life not unlike my peers. So the science of the whole craft is engrained deep in my bones, so whatever the song needs to be I plug in and play from my intuition which is the source of music that really unites people.

THE SONGS ‘RED TAPE’ AND ‘FEVER DREAM’ DEFINITELY BOTH CONVEY SOME GRUNGE AND 90’S VIBES. HOW DID THIS MUSIC ERA-INSPIRED YOUR SONGWRITING?

I believe that’s an accurate assessment but the music in the rock genre that goes furthest back for me is more from the blink 182, sum 41 era. Anything that resembles 90’s grunge is purely from study and research.

ALL THE SONGS YOU RELEASED ON YOUTUBE AND STREAMING PLATFORMS HAVE ALL DIFFERENT PECULIARITIES. WHAT ARE FOR YOU THE ONES THAT BETTER DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?

I believe in writing only hits and classics. Things become popular for a reason. So I use the classics and hits from any era as a skeleton and spring board to write original material. The lyrics come from everyday life and everyday people family friends, coworkers,etc. The result of that are songs that stand on their own. We use vocals and acoustic guitar as instruments to keep it all uniform. Every once and a while we do a full band song when the boys from our teenage years get back together.

PRODUCTION-WISE, THERE ARE A LOT OF INFLUENCES IN HERE, WHICH ARTIST HAD THE MOST IMPACT ON THIS?

Cody Fuentes of rapture recordings is our producer. He has produced bands such as spite, lion heart, and wolf king. He is our George Martin or 5th Beatle if you will. Our work ethic springs from the hardcore and metal scene with a diy attitude. I think that separates us from the folk music genre.

YOU’RE FROM CASTRO VALLEY, CA. HOW DID YOU FIND THE MUSIC SCENE IN YOUR AREA, OR IN GENERAL OUTSIDE OF L.A.?

We’ve been going to shows our whole life and we aim to push the scene forward as adults. A lot of people listen to hardcore and rock music on the low here in the Bay Area. Oakland and Berkeley always had a thriving punk rock scene

ANY FUTURE PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? 

We don’t play shows, unless it’s a special occasion but we plan on recording music as long as new music springs forth.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

It was a pleasure speaking with you

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By Romeo Ciarla