Old Brave Souls - 10 Questions Music Interview
Old Braves Souls is an Indie Rock band from Charleston, SC made up of brothers Nick and Luke Yoder. Their debut album, 'Fields Like Yesterday,' was released August, 2019 across all major digital outlets and streaming platforms. Originally from Cumberland, MD, Nick and Luke were both active in the Western Maryland music scene in the late1990s and early 2000s. Nick was the drummer for Grill Body Five, a pop-punk band. Luke was a vocalist in Midnight:30 and Plan B, two Hip-Hop groups. After exploring individual paths, they both moved back to the family farm in Charleston where they spend most of their time writing and recording songs in the old barn they converted to a studio. Old Brave Souls offers melodic, acoustic rock with thoughtful lyrics. Old Brave Souls are one of the artists who will be featured on BWH Music Group’s ‘On Peace Street,’ a compilation album featuring 19 songs about peace and social justice.
What is the name of the song you have on Peace Street?
Our Little War
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or, what is the song about?
We wrote it soon after the Parkland, FL shooting in 2018. It was getting a lot of coverage and it was becoming so apparent that it was the new normal to have to be afraid for your life in a space you have always held in your mind as safe. It's a different type of war, in our schools, malls, and public squares, fought often by our disillusioned youth. For localized events, they have such a widespread effect on the Nation, each one is like a little battle, and we've lost them all.
How did you write your featured song? Or, can you describe your songwriting process?
I wrote most of the song in a couple hours, and recorded it that same weekend. I didn't have a message in mind when I started, I just tried to put myself in somebody's shoes maybe a much younger version of me, and tried to think about what it might be like to have to be afraid like some kids are today, which is something I never had to deal with when I was in school.
Who are your major music influences?
Tom Petty, Weezer, and any Oldies radio station are our three biggest influences. Not sure our music sound much like any of those, but the overall simplicity of brilliance of those artists is something we always strive for when writing songs.
When you wrote this song, did you have a goal in mind? For example, were you trying to raise awareness about an issue that’s close to your heart?
I didn't start with a goal in mind, I just wrote about what I was thinking and feeling. I've never been great about writing with intention anyway, I just chip away at a feeling or an idea and see what comes out at the end.
How did you get started in music?
We were lucky enough to grow up in an area that had great local music (Cumberland, MD) and we happened to be friends with a lot of those musicians. We were both part of the local scene, in small bands with our friends, and we always had inspiration from our friends who were writing great songs. I think being on the fringe of that group musically has always driven us to put something out to show everybody what we could do, including ourselves.
Of all the songs you’ve written, what was the most challenging and why?
"New House," off our debut album Fields Like Yesterday, was tough for a couple reasons. It was inspired by Tom Petty's death in 2017, the title drawn from an obscure quote from him that I read in a magazine article. It was tough to write about lyrically because I was really affected by his death, which has never happened to me with the death of a celebrity. It helped me realize how much he meant to my life. It was also one of the hardest for us to record, because its a little longer than most of our material, and the bridge part changes tempo, and feel, and we wanted to make sure that transition wasn't weird.
How do you think music help promote world peace and social justice? Do you have a favorite social justice song?
Just getting people thinking about it is a good start. "Blowin' in the Wind" has been in our heads for about 25 years, ever since Jenny sang it on Forest Gump, possibly before that.
What’s coming up in the future?
We love writing songs, so we are already in the studio working on a new batch. We've got some great new ideas that are starting to come to life, we are really starting to find the sound we want. We hope to have some of our friends contribute to this group of songs as well, so we are looking forward to that.
Tell us where fans can access your music?