They owe their name to their love of Marlon Brando. Their fans know them as one of the most vital American live rock bands of the 20th century’s final decades. THE BRANDOS, known for timeless classics like „The Solution“ and „Gettysburg“ and their straight and true rock sound, come back with new album Los Brandos after a ten-year hiatus in June 2017. Frontman/guitarist/songwriter Dave Kincaid has been working for months on the follow-up to Over The Border which was released in December 2006 (after an eight-year wait). It seems like Kincaid will not let himself be rushed while he’s working in his Staten Island home studio.
In early 2015, Kincaid perked some ears with his Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for an upcoming Brandos album: „Broadcast quality recordings have never been inexpensive to make, and while computer technology has opened up a world of possibilities not there twenty years ago, it’s still a very expensive process. The Brandos have always kept to the highest standards of professionalism with our recordings, and we will not lower those standards now for the sake of saving money.“
The campaign won him $26,000 which he used to expand his studio. On his Facebook page Kincaid kept friends and supporters updated about the recording process: „Since the beginning of the year, my main focus has been on upgrading the recording studio, Townsend Sound, here on lovely, scenic Staten Island, NY, USA. Few things are as time-consuming, maddening and frustrating as dealing with recording software/hardware upgrades, but it’s pretty much done now. We now have a new state-of-the-art computer based recording system, refurbished monitors (speakers), and the control room just tuned by the best acoustical engineer in New York. My instruments are all pretty much tweaked to perfection, and my guitar amp and drum systems are all in place and very, very happening.“
A release date on Blue Rose Records was set for December 2015 but by September it became clear that it would not be met. One year later, Kincaid posted a picture of himself with a multitude of instruments: „Every instrument pictured here has been played on this new album. No, it’s not about quantity, it’s about the right tools for the job, and we’re trying some new things here. The material is shaping up very nicely, but I don’t mind telling you folks, getting this album done is a tough one. Some of the reasons for this are personal, and I won’t get into that here, but a big part of it is the fact that this is the first Brandos album done entirely on a computer-based system. While these are great in so many ways, the sound they produce is very sterile and clinical. This may be great on techno, pop and new-age music, but it ain’t great for rock ’n roll. So, a lot of time has been spent in experimenting with how to get it to sound like the old tape machines, which are GREAT for rock ’n roll. The best recording engineers in the world will tell you that this is a big challenge, and there’s a whole industry of software developers trying to make programs that emulate the old recording equipment, and they haven’t quite succeeded as of yet. At any rate, with a lot of time, effort and expense dedicated to solving this problem – and it HAD to be figured out, or it wouldn’t be a Brandos album – I think we have it. The work goes on…“
More months went by with studio work when the organizers of the Blacksheep Festival near Blue Rose’s headquarters in Heilbronn asked in November 2016 whether the Brandos would be available for a June 2017 show. Maybe this kind of incentive was needed in order to finish the album – because a show or a tour in June 2017 was unthinkable without a new Brandos release. Thus, Dave Kincaid was more focused than ever on finishing the album, their seventh studio release, 30 years after their successful debut Honor Among Thieves – possibly a good omen for the reawakening of the Brandos.