My Body Sings Electric is a Denver-based band that's been around since 2007. The group has released an EP and several singles to go along with an album. During their six year run making music, they've done a little bit of everything to get by in Denver between tours and between releases. Now, they're moving up in notoriety and they have some different things going for them professionally. This week they started a weekly show on Idobi radio. Late last year they signed on with a new booking agent that's helped them put together some quality tours. This week they also released a new EP, the first in a series called Part I: The Night Ends. The new EP has the band continuing to dig deeper into the sound that they've established since they reinvented their sound in 2010.
Years ago the Denver music scene was all but a wasteland. For years, the most impressive group to come out of Denver was in the 70's when Firefall came out (and they were actually from nearby Boulder). Then it was nothing. That was until about ten years ago when all kinds of bands were starting to come out of Denver. The Fray, OneRepublic, and Flobots were the early breakthroughs but then several more came out of the scene including The Lumineers. The Denver music scene wen from a wasteland to being a hotbed for activity. My Body Sings Electric is hoping to be the latest band out of Denver to break in a big way. Recently Alternative Addiction caught up with MBSE frontman Brandon Whalen. We asked Whalen about the band coming up in the Denver scene and what the sudden burst in activity did for My Body Sings Electric. He noted that they weren't quite as serious then as they are now, but he did say that it did help shape the band's sound.
"All of that was happening as we were coming up and learning our chops," said Whalen. "We were learning how to be a professional band back then just starting out. We were really inspired when that was happening. It was great to see those bands blow up and get big like that. It motivated us to refocus our sound. We used to be an aggressive post-hardcore, math rock, prog band. (laughs) Looking back, it was a mish-mash of awful sounds. But seeing those bands make it made us refocus to get to where we are now. Now, we're more of an indie pop band with a mainstream focus. It's been a funny journey for us personally, but those bands helped to make it fun to grow up in the music community in Denver.
Since they refocused their sound, My Body Sings Electric has put together some quality releases including their latest effort, The Night Ends. The band is hoping that they will be able to get more people's attention and accomplish their ultimate goal with MBSE because of the EP and everything else they are working on right now.
"We want to make it our job to be running this band and upholding the brand that we've created around it," said Whalen of the group's ambitions. "We want to transition to touring or selling or doing a little bit of everything, whatever we have to do. We work full time hours in the band, but we don't want to have to deliver pizza or sandwiches anymore too. It's hard on your soul to do that for awhile; nine hours of delivery and then automatically switch over to playing a show in front of 500 people. It's a weird dichotomy. We want to make the switch over to being a full time band."
You can get Part I: The Night Ends from My Body Sings Electric now.