Congratulations to BRUIN for being Commune’s Featured Local of the month. I emailed the guys to congratulate them and to see what they had going on. Check out what our favorite party babe, Dom Fawcett had to say.
1. How long have you guys been playing together and how did you come up with the name BRUIN?
The two of us have been making music together since early 2011. At the time Nick lived in Northern California and I (Dom) lived in San Diego so everything was made through Gmail. He would make a beat and I would play some guitar/keyboard and sing. It wasn’t until 2012 that Nick moved to So-Cal that we were actually able to play shows together. Originally I wanted to call the band DEWDS, but just before we released our first EP some kid from SD named his band Dudes. So, we couldn’t do that anymore. After a very short brainstorming session, Nick and I settled on the name BRUIN (all caps) because we went to the same high school together and that was our mascot. P.S. all we did in high school was sk8board and steal beer from Round Table Pizza, my second job, no big deal.
2. How would you describe your music?
I’m pretty obsessed with Toro y Moi, Brothertiger and Neon Indian. I kind of feel like that’s the type of music that I’ve been waiting to hear since I was a child. Nick has been pretty hip-hop influenced since the day I met him, so it’s somewhere in between that. Nick never ceases to amaze me with his ability to turn some 1800′s Slovenian Polka song into the most murderous beat of all time.
3. What’s one interesting fact about each person in the band?
Well, Nick used to be in the top graffiti artists in Sacramento under the name Adept and I can fart the alphabet.
4. Do you guys have anything exciting coming up that people should keep their eye out for?
We are currently recording an album with Keith Sweaty that we plan to release in March. Also, we are supposed to play a show for the grand opening of this rad clothing shop BUJWAH. It’s going be a block party at 1011 23rd St on March 24th.
5. What is your favorite thing about Commune?
I personally was a smoker since I was 16 years old until I turned 25. We’re talking over a pack a day that entire time (I just hit my four year mark without having a single grit). Cigarettes start out as a social icebreaker and something that can calm your nerves. Very rapidly it becomes a crutch that envelopes through all of your daily activities and soon enough it becomes a part of who you are. At some point, it seems impossible to do the simplest tasks without a smoke. I feel that Commune goes about the quitting process in a helpful way. Instead of being judgmental to people who are already well aware of how harmful cigarettes are, Commune assists people who have already made the conscious decision to quit on their own. Also, I think it’s pretty dope that you guys help fuel the music scene, considering music is the only thing that I care about.
6. Why Do you take a stand against Big Tobacco?
Big tobacco is probably about as evil and money hungry as it gets. To make a product whose only outcome for its consumers is inevitably cancer, is the most horseshit fucked up way to go about running a business. Big tobacco isn’t a person, Joe camel isn’t a guy that you’re gonna meet in a bar, Big Tobacco is a machine that was built on the sole purpose of making cash. Fuck big tobacco in its stupid fucking ass.
7. Anything else you want people to know about BRUIN?
We are two dudes that are trying to make music the best we know how. If you want to hear it or download it for free go to bruin.bandcamp.com. Also, we usually play our sets pants-less, but in long t-shirts, so that’s pretty cool.
Congrats again to BRUIN!
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