When not practicing in a rented 18-by-12 storage unit or recording with producer Joshua James, BYU student and Brumby lead singer Oliver Tingey is eating a chicken bacon ranch Slab of pizza with fire dust.
“Slab’s fire dust takes an already savory chicken bacon ranch and transforms it into a magical experience, igniting the senses and enlightening the mind,” Tingey said. “Also burning your tongue just a tinge.”
One might say Tingey’s band, Brumby, is adding fire dust to a new EP entitled “The Westwind Kid,” which is set for release March 20 at Velour.
The new EP has four songs, each of which is catchy and fun. It sounds like energetic cowboys jamming with guitars, drums and synth pads. Tingey anxiously anticipates the crowd’s reaction.
“What do I hope people will say about it? Well, I hope they like it,” Tingey said. “We’ve worked really hard to come out with something that we love and anyone can connect with.”
Writing the new EP wasn’t easy. The band worked hard to feel satisfied with the current result.
“The songs have been written and rewritten then demolished and salvaged for parts,” Tingey said. “We nitpicked and chiseled them until we felt confident enough to stamp our name on them.”
Tingey compared Brumby’s nitpicked and chiseled songs to birds.
“At some point you just have to kick them out of the nest, you know?” Tingey said. “We’ve done about all we can do to raise our little chicks — now we wait until March 20, when we kick them out of the nest and see if they fly. I think they’ll fly.”
Tingey, his cousins, Spencer and Tyler Tingey, and their long-time friend, Dylan Self, began playing together during high school in Henderson, Nev. The boys were hesitant to officially call themselves a band for fear of appearing presumptuous, but they loved performing for friends and family, so Brumby was born.
With years of hard work and mini concerts in their garage, they referred to themselves as “the Jamily Room.” Arcade Fire noticed the boys and tentatively offered them the chance to open at a local venue. Brumby was unable to take advantage of the opportunity as the band temporarily broke up while members served missions for the LDS Church.
Back from serving two years in Mexico, Spencer Tingey is studying pre-medicine at BYU and is the bassist for Brumby.
“Working on everything the pre-medicine requires is difficult because it requires my brain to split itself down two directions,” Spencer Tingey said. “Sometimes it feels like I can’t do either at 100 percent because of the split focus.”
Spencer Tingey said he feels a lot of support from his high school sweetheart and wife, Natalie.
“She’s a big member of the team when it comes to the Brumbusiness,” Spencer Tingey said.
Self, Brumby’s longhaired drummer, has played drums for 10 years. While playing, his face disappears, with only his nose visible due to his energetic performance. “The fever I get onstage is what I live for,” Self said.
Self isn’t the only band mate to get a fever on stage. Tyler Tingey performs acrobatic feats with his guitar while playing difficult riffs. His fingers bled at a recent concert from his intensity.
“We have a lot of fun on stage, and we always endeavor to make it a memorable experience for the audience,” Tyler Tingey said. “It feels like a celebration of our friendship and the work we put into our music.”
Be sure to attend Brumby’s celebration of its new EP, “The Westwind Kid,” on Thursday, March 20, at 8 p.m. Pando and Kenz Hall will also perform. Tickets can be bought for $7 at the door or online, but keep in mind the show might sell out, so be sure to get your tickets soon.