Just two weeks ago high-spirited Californians Paul Barrere and Roger Cole discussed their collaboration to form independent label Better Daze Records, and the release of their gripping new single 'Bad Blood' with me. Whilst the record label was started in January 2013, the current track is an exploration of human fragility revealed through evocative melodies, rhythm and acoustic guitar. There's a deep sense of vulnerability in the song lyrics, and 'Bad Blood' shares the hard plight of a former drug addiction. The boys have been busy in their recording studio as of late, carefully producing the next singles from the album. Whilst Christmas is around the corner and Thanksgiving just past, the pair wanted to focus on the nature of gratitude with their next releases, and specifically paying it forward.
One of the upcoming tracks, 'Who's Right' also touches on connection with other human beings. The band advised it was important to set release this single next, "it's a way to thank those who put up with the shenanigans of the addicted personality - those people who were there through the bad times and helped to get us back to the Better Daze." It's a touching play on words, and a symbolic of the way they are creating music for themselves and fans now. There won't be much of a rest over the break, when you're making music you love it's important to keep experimenting. "We still have a lot of ideas we're working on, so we'll take a few days off here and there for the holidays and family. We never really stop working on our music." It's this devotion to getting great music out there, and endearing element of the Barrere & Cole ensemble. After all, we want music that makes us feel something.
Once the album is released, the band will look to do some local shows to promote the new sound and perhaps more areas, "as it gets closer, we'll see how we can perform and where venues are available." For most of us based in Australia, seeing the duo live would be a rare treat. But hey, a sojourn to California next year doesn't sound too bad I'm sure. This is especially for fans of the Rhythm & Blues style. Big on keeping this community alive, the band shared with fans the intent behind Who's Right on a recent Facebook update: "The latest single to come from Better Daze Records sends a poignant message. Who's Right comes from the perspective of someone who is thanking the people who generously helped them in the past, despite how he treated them." The music and ethos comes right from the heart and is warming to see two musicians, with long legacies still really driven to empower audiences.
When discussing this notion, and the idea that perhaps music is like food – it unites us, they reveal, "Music, if it's like food, is ear candy. But music is very powerful, it connects people, it separates people, it soothes the soul. Heck, they even made a weapon from sound waves! We try to be a little more on the soothing, enjoyable frequencies."
And that they do well, it's all in a day's stride. Speaking of which, Barrere & Cole shared with me exactly what that looks like. For those wondering how great music is made, it seems the secret is becoming clear. Develop a taste for coffee, with a few teaspoons of humour.
Pauls Day: Start coffee, drop off the kids, and if it is a workday, goes to Roger's studio. Have more coffee. Start playing!
Rogers Day: Have coffee. Go in the studio and get started. Has a cup of coffee while waiting for Paul. Paul comes and we have a cup of coffee to get us started.