The Pretty Black Chains are Oklahoma City's premier revival-rock gurus. It's impossible not to respect their devotion to their craft. Always willing to experiment, they prove that rock 'n' roll is not dead.
Members Derek Knowlton, Kurt Fruedenberger, and Jonathan Martin have re-emerged from their absence. They decided to release their discography in one fell swoop on the popular Bandcamp website. Derek was able to break away from his duties as co-owner of Warpaint Clothing Co. and talk about the direction the band is heading.
Q: What inspired you guys to release your discography on Bandcamp?
A: Derek Knowlton, guitar and vocals: Money ... And also to let people hear how our sound has evolved from the beginning until now.
Q: Your sound has changed so much since you guys started playing together. Can you tell us about the growth that has taken place?
A: I think at first we were playing to be bratty and obnoxious. The second phase we were wanting to showcase our musical talent more. You can hear on the summer demo we are trying to be more creative with our rhythm and time signatures. Even experimenting more with Middle Eastern scales.
Q: This evolution has taken place over the past four years. What changes have been most influential in your progression?
A: That's hard to say. I think now our biggest influence has been adapting to being a three piece. We realized our potential with three singers and once again have not been scared to experiment with another naturally evolved sound.
Q: What is it that the OKC music scene needs in order to reach its
A: We need support. People to come out to shows and just help bands so they can continue to do their art. Right now it's every band for themselves.
Q: Where can we expect to see you by the end of the year?
A: We would love to put out as much music as possible. Definitely more shows this year. We want to put out a new record too.
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