Photo by Scott Soens
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Hy Brasil‘s new music video for “Tightrope.” The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, Animal’s Grace, out August 28th through MuseBox.
The band comments on the music video:
“We recorded this video and song on one fine California day, at Brotheryn Studios in Ojai. Our original director and editor for the video wasn’t able to complete the project, so we ended up retrieving the 10 hours or so of footage from the day and passed it off to our friend and supporter Ryan Peace Reeves. Ryan, never even hearing the song, created this video that captured the vibe we were looking for. Thanks Ryan!”
Thinking outside the box is often a risky endeavor for those participating in modern music. At a time when cookie-cutter pop songs dominate radio and indie rock is that only in name, bands that do their own thing face numerous challenges. With each risk, however, comes a potential reward.
Case in point is Ventura’s Hy Brasil. Featuring a harp, handmade drums, and a somewhat complex history of previous mutual bands, the loud and potent quintet from southern California have begun to create the type of gradual local buzz that points to a bright future.
Fueled by the vocals of lead singer and ultimate showman Wyatt Hull and the unique sounds of harpist Xocoyotzin Moraza, Hy Brasil are the product of a complicated past in which several band members were former colleagues in other bands. Spurred by their previous success in local outfit Rey Fresco, Moraza, drummer Andrew Jones, and bassist Shawn Echevarria teamed up with Hull and guitarist Nikolaus Gonzalez in late 2014 to form Hy Brasil.
While Hull often draws comparisons to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and The Cure’s Robert Smith, much of Hy Brasil’s intensity stems from Jones’ drumming. It is this intensity that has caused the band to begin building a following on Ventura’s stages. As evidenced by Hy Brasil’s recent energized show at The Ventura Theater, music fans will always be drawn to a band that performs like they mean it.
Hy Brasil’s creativity is not limited to the band’s songwriting. Moraza has been playing the harp since age three, and is an integral part of the band’s sound. His father helps Moraza build his harps, while Jones builds his own drums out of fiberglass before he seemingly attempts to destroy them on stage.
All this creative designing prowess represents Hy Brasil’s attempt to make a name for themselves in modern rock via their own distinct methods, fully aware of the potential risks – and the rewards – of those who choose to do so.