Today’s song of the day comes from local Indy band BYBYE, and features Carl Broemel, the guitarist from My Morning Jacket.
So far this week, we’ve been covering local Indiana music, mostly from Bloomington. Those bands included Saeyers, as well as the uniquely named Moose Memories. But of course, we’ve got to continue showing love to Indy as well.
BYBYE’s song “Silence”, is one of the more professionally produced singles I’ve heard come out of Indianapolis. Not only is the songwriting on point, but the musicianship as well. Of course, it probably didn’t hurt that they had some professional help on it as well.
But before we get into our song of the day, here’s a little more information on BYBYE.
BYBYE is one of Indy’s more popular and experimental local bands. Their sound weaves together electronic, soul, rock, and blues sounds to bring music that is entirely their own. In their own words, they “channel vintage psychedelic soul with cinematic, upbeat rock”.
BYBYE’s first release was their self-titled EP, which came out in 2015. The initial release wasn’t followed up until another three years had passed with their “Extinct EP”. However, 2018 was a big year for BYBYE. It saw them releasing their second EP, the single “Happily (ft. Carl Broemel)”, as well as their first studio album, “Metamorphasize”.
“Metamorphasize” was recorded and engineered by Tyler Watkins (Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s) and Alex Kercheval at Postal Records. The album was produced by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket), and features musicians Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) on pedal steel and electric guitar, and Jared Thompson (Premium Blend) on saxophone.
BYBYE is a five piece band consisting of Martin Green (organ, vocals), Nick Peoni (lead guitar), Sam Shafer (acoustic guitar, keyboard, vocals), Paul Symons (drums), and Cody Davis (bass).
Silence (ft. Carl Broemel)
“Silence (ft. Carl Broemel) is the opening track to BYBYE’s studio album “Metamorphasize”. The song takes a lot of inspiration from soul and blues, featuring an electric organ as the main driving force propelling its progression. Over the course of the song, however, the composition evolves, becoming more layered with the addition of the guitars and bass.
Martin Green’s vocals come out soulful with a slight edge in the verses, and then go careening away with layers of reverb and echo during the chorus, where other more ambient sounds accompany it, along with crashing, climactic drums. The chorus is definitely where the psychedelic side of BYBYE comes out more.
After the initial chorus, “Silence” falls into a steady groove supported by bass and punctuated guitar chords soaked in reverb. The song picks up steam here, continuing to build until another reiteration of the chorus, followed by a bridge section which gives some room for a much needed organ solo.
The lyrics to “Silence” are also worth mentioning. They’re simultaneously vague and meaningful. While you might not catch every little meaning woven into the lyrics, understanding their emotional direction isn’t too hard. Here are just a few standout lines.
“You’ll never know / How good it can be / Staring at your phone / In someone else’s dreams”.
“Silence, beautiful silence / The sound of space, indeed / Violence, typical violence / I wanna know / If it’s part of the same thing”.
Overall, “Silence (ft. Carl Broemel)” is a solid example of exactly what BYBYE claims to be: vintage, psychedelic soul and upbeat, cinematic rock. While that definitely sounds like an interesting mix, it wouldn’t mean anything without the ability to back it up. And BYBYE proves with “Silence”, as well as with the rest of their studio album, “Metamorphasize”, that they’re more than capable of backing up all of their assertions.
Since they haven’t released any new material this year, it’ll be interesting to see what BYBYE comes out with next. I’m personally hoping it’ll be sooner rather than later. Indy could use more of what BYBYE is offering.
If you enjoyed listening to BYBYE’s “Silence (ft. Carl Broemel)”, be sure to listen to the rest of their first studio album, “Metamorphasize” on Bandcamp. To find out more about BYBYE, you can find them on Facebook.
Finally, for more coverage on the Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local Indianapolis artists from the community.