By TYLER HORNER
For Inland 360
The Brevet may not have the same name recognition as lentils, but the band might be more familiar than you think.
The Southern California-based band plays at 9:15 p.m. Friday at the National Lentil Festival in Pullman.
Fronted by Aric Chase Damm, the band got licensing deals early on in its career and by 2017 songs from two of its albums, “Battle of the Heart” and “American Novel,” were being featured in films and television shows.
Inland 360 talked to Damm before the show.
Your new album “LEGS” is a switch from indie-folk rock to alternative rock. Could you explain what the difference between those two genres means for you?
Damm: Well, first we have just matured as songwriters and, also, the energy that we have received from the crowd are a couple reasons why we made the switch on this new album from indie-folk to alternative rock. We have also been doing new things instrumentation-wise that make a huge difference in these genres. For instance, I have been using a lot more electrical guitar which was something you didn’t hear much previously.
You say the influence of social media was one reason you made that change, that your past music was influenced by trends. Could you talk about that a bit more? How did you come to realize the influence social media was having on your music?
Damm: We live in a social media world where the first thing people want to do is get up and check Facebook, Instagram, etc., and just get sucked into that world. And when we were writing and making music, we realized that sometimes the social media world isn’t the best thing to be influenced by.
What are your major influences, musical and otherwise?
Damm: There are so many different things that influence us as band. It is kind of just what is going on in the moment, whether we are going through something personally, touring and even sometimes T.V. shows. There are so many artists, musically, that influence us that I wouldn’t even know where to begin.
Your band might not be a recognizable name but people might know your songs from placement in movies and TV, shows like “American Idol” and “90210.” Do you feel like that is a good way to get your music out there?
Damm: I definitely do; it is a really cool way to connect with a different audience. For instance, when we had a song playing for a movie trailer it heightened the song because there are other emotions going on besides just the song playing by itself.
You’ll be playing at the National Lentil Festival in Pullman. Are you a fan of lentils?
Damm: I definitely am a fan of lentils and I also know a couple guys in the band are as well.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: National Lentil Festival
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18
WHERE: Reaney Park and other locations in Pullman
At this weekend’s festival, visitors will find the World’s Largest Bowl of Lentil Chili, a parade, cooking classes, vendors and more.
Bands play on the Main Stage on Spring Street. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. The Brevet, Redwood Son, Brewer’s Grade Band and Dimestore Prophets will perform.
Saturday features the Cadillac Three with guests Austin Jenckes and Cody Beebe and the Crooks.