GET TO KNOW: Bonneville
Following on from the release of their much-loved self-titled debut album earlier this year, US duo Bonneville are back on the grind once again with their funk-filled new single 'Undercover Woman'.
Lifted from their forthcoming new LP, which is set to arrive soon, 'Undercover Woman' continues more of that smooth and soul-infused aesthetic they have built for themselves. With its bright and toe-tapping energy perfectly set to some vibrant vocals throughout, this new one will have you shaking your hips from start to finish.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
JEFF: Led Zeppelin
WES: Journey or Fleetwood Mac
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
JEFF: I had a couple of bands in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The 90’s band was sort of a grunge/punk vibe and the one in the 2000’s was more or less prog-rock/pop
WES: Just after college, I was in a cover band doing covers from Weezer to The Black Crowes. In Los Angeles, I had a band called Relapse that leaned into the Sunset Strip sound.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
JEFF: It’s changed over the years, since I became a family man. It’s much different than it was in my prior life. Before I had a wife and kids, I felt like I could only write in times of strife, or heartbreak. Like I needed the tension and despair to bring out my creativity as a songwriter. But since then, I feel more energized and inspired by the positive things around me. I also feel like I am writing music that is more true for me. I’m definitely more prolific now than I have ever been.
WES: Channeling where the emotional self is existing. It’s really the highest points and lowest points of human experience that talk the loudest.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
JEFF: Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough
WES: Seasons (I’ve waiting on you) by Future Islands or Oh My Heart by REM
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
JEFF: The time we opened for Government Mule and Blues Traveler was definitely a high point. First time on a huge outdoor stage with just two other bands (instead of 15 like a usual festival). We had a nice long sound check (which is crucial when you have 13 people in the band), a good crowd, and it was a late evening show. So, we finished under the lights.
WES: Yeah, I agree with Jeff.. coming off that set felt electric.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
JEFF: Hard to pick just one, but Santana, Tower of Power, and the Master James Brown, God rest his soul!
WES: I’d say Marvin Gay or Stevie Wonder
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
JEFF: Yes, I would love to work with Donald Fagan of Steeley Dan, no matter how difficult or humbling that experience might end up being.
WES: Bon Iver is up there his tone and lyrics really hit home for me
Where do you see yourself in five years?
JEFF: I hope I’ll be wiser, and more musically learned with a continuing catalog of great songs and great memories and learning experiences under our belt. I hope to be doing music full time by then as well.
WES: I’d like to really have a more recognizable vocal delivery as I grow as an artist and yeah it would be nice to be invited to play at the Grammy’s doing one of our songs or honoring some great. And just be happy.
Bonneville's new single 'Undercover Woman' is available to stream now. Listen to it below.