An interview with Oskar Braves
We caught up with the Dunfermline band Oskar Braves to talk about how they started, dodgy sound engineers and their love for their local venue PJ Molloys.
Describe your music in three words.
Big, big, tunes.
Who’s in the band, and what do you each play?
David “Dov” Stevens – Golden Larynx
Ross “Pakora” McShane – Rhythm Guitar
Conor “Youngy” Young – Lead Guitar
Andrew “Hugh Munro” Davidson – Drums
Connor “Marnie” Marnie – Bass.
How and when did the band form?
The band formed out of past and previous ventures about 5 years ago. However after a slight lineup change, we came into our own early 2019.
Tell us a bit about your songwriting process.
We’ll usually work around an idea or a progression, and thrash it out over a couple of cans. The machine works better when it’s well-oiled.
Name three other bands / artists that you’d say have influenced your music.
It would be unfair to pick just three, so we’ll go with any music from the 60’s/70’s/80’s.
What do you listen to on the way to a gig?
The Alexander Brothers – Nobody’s Child. Absolutely kicks aff when it hits the chorus, a firm OB favourite. Alternatively if we’re a bit blue, Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue. Really gets the vinegar flowing.
What sort of music do you particularly dislike, and why?
We don’t particularly dislike any music, as we’ve all got a bit of an eclectic taste. You might find yourself in the Snakepit listening to Jimmy Nail, or it might be Slayer. It’s a mixed bag of music when the aux chord comes out.
Which of your songs do you enjoy playing the most?
Dance On The Fire for sure. There’s just something about the energy and the crowd’s response to it that makes it so enjoyable to play.
How did you come up with your name?
Naming a band is hard, so we went with a really nondescript and mysterious reference to an old, old book. Then added ‘Braves’ on the end as some guy called Oskar was doing the rounds at the time. Oskar, if you’re reading this, it would be cool to have our name back.
If things go exactly to plan with the band, what would you like to achieve?
Playing everything from big stadiums to dingy dives all over the world, living that bus life with all our friends.
What’s your favourite brand of music gear, and why?
Fender are definitely up there, as they’ve always had great go-to gear that produces an amazing sound. Dov’s fond of Shure KSM8 microphones (in silver.. hint hint), whenever he’s not swinging them around his head.
What was your best gig ever, and why?
Our most recent gig at PJ Molloys for the Dance On The Fire launch. It was rammed from front to back, people on shoulders, people screaming the songs back, heaven.
What was your most disastrous gig ever, and why?
We played on the back of a Lorry in Leuchars once. The sound engineer was on the old Super-brew and tripping everything. He was aff his Skull.. no seen him since.
Name your top three gig venues.
PJ Molloys in Dunfermline for always being too good to us, The Glen Pavillion for getting to play with the Skids and Big Country, and King Tuts in Glasgow, for always putting on a cracking show.
What are your favourite Scottish recording and / or rehearsal studios?
Eggman Studios for rehearsal, 45-a-side for recording with Bruce Rintoul, and Substation in Rosyth for recording with Michael Brennan Jr. Absolute top people, and top studios.
What’s your personal favourite song you’ve released (or are about to release!)?
Dance On The Fire,every time.
How do you promote yourselves? Is there any method you’ve found that has worked particularly well?
We just try to put up as many posts of thanks and appreciation as we can. It’s important to let the people who support you know how much you love them. We also try to get out to any gigs we can and support others in the local scene too. Great for meeting new people, and a good excuse for a night out.
What’s next for you guys? Any gigs or releases coming up?
We’re heading back to Bute for another weekend of nonsense at Butefest, and we’ll be crossing over the border for a couple gigs in England later in the year. We’ve got another release lined up that we’re putting the work into at the moment, so keep an eye out for that. Apart from that, we’re just enjoying it while it lasts.
Out of all of you, who would win in a fight? What would each of your fighting techniques be?
Andy would win, using the juicy thickness to lay us all out. His fighting style would be “The Taw”.
Have you ever shopped at Kenny’s Music?
All of us shop at Kenny’s music in Dunfermline regularly. We’ve all bought at least one guitar from there, and any time something isn’t working right, we’re right down at the door for assistance. Kenny’s doesn’t just provide a shop for all our music needs, it’s also become the de-facto hub of the music community in Dunfermline. You’d be hard pushed to find a single musician here who has not used Kenny’s Music.