You heard right! The Bold Type is emerging from our studio cocoon to play an ACTUAL REAL LIVE SHOW! Come to the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on June 14th. Hit us up on Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter with special requests. We love you!
Happy 70th, Robert Zimmerman! Your record company, Columbia, is like a shark-eating piranha when it comes to keeping your music off of YouTube. So no heart-startling live performances from Rolling Thunder (a few are buried on the Italian version of MySpace, which sounds like an imaginary Internet safehouse. I fear consequences.) No posting “She’s Your Lover Now” from The Bootleg Series. There’s a wobbly solo piano version there, one of the few, but it’s not the same.My badly deficient iTunes has Blood on the Tapes in it, but both acoustic takes of “Idiot Wind” are too big for Tumblr to accommodate. Maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised at where we’ve ended up. The Basement Tapes was the first unofficial release to bum rush the canon, laying the groundwork for every mixtape ever. It wasn’t just Woodstock-inspired anarchism, but also shrewd business, rebuilding mystique from the roots up. Street Legal is really fucking good, adapting because it was better to be disastrously ahead than lag behind in the least. It’s a record made for revisionism. The Christian years gave way to “Blind Willie McTell”, and for that we will never stop being wrong. You’ve always been inscrutable and private, wizened and canny, process as a series of artistic last stands, large and small, and watershed releases. You made commerce subversive, and subversion into rock star commerce. So here’s an outpouring of emotion that stands mute, but not empty. I hope you appreciate it.
Rock & Roll. This is most definitely the bold type.
SHOWS: What does it mean, The Bold Type?
Before Rock & Roll split into Rock and Soul, it was held together by a common spirit: the irrepressible need to share feelings that could no longer be stifled. To whisper them in your girl's ear or shout them in her dad's face - that's what what it means to be bold.
Songs by The Bold Type don't ask questions so much as they demand answers. "Mind Your Business" is something everyone has said to a parent, a lover, a friend. "Don't Be A Stranger" is not just a parting remark, but a call to be true to yourself. "You've Got To Be Heaven" speaks to people who are more sure of their insecurities than of their own worth. If songwriting can be compared to scratching an itch, then songwriters Travis Richard and Schuyler Whelden are scratching that itch with a sledgehammer. Together with drummer Ben Dicke and bassist Antonia Navarro they take finer tools to the songs, crafting recordings and performances that are even bold in their subtlety.
The Bold Type plays with an intense energy that is both infectious and therapeutic. Over the course of a 40 minute performance, dormant malaise might go from symptomatic to cured. To say they play Rock & Roll means that each song, whether it's a barn burning blues or a bold-faced ballad, contains both a kernel of soul and a bit of rock. Their influences may seem diverse: The Sonics, Sly & The Family Stone, The Black Crowes, The Band, but all of these groups would call themselves Rock & Roll.
Rock & Roll too vague? Watered down even? Just call their type of music the bold type.