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Bass frontmen, however, are a rare breed. You've got Geddy Lee and Les Claypool — "All weirdos!" Bruner says with a degree of empathy. Indeed, the one way to get a rise out of him is to bring up the academic connotations of jazz. It's a fair concern; Cosmogramma and Golden Age might be the closest things to jazz LPs that many indie-rock or hip-hop fans own. "That's the thing, guys like Stanley Clarke, they were clowning, having fun! Those jazz-fusion cats were the punks of jazz in my mind. When did people all of a sudden start thinking it was all serious?"
So, what does he hope listeners use Golden Age as a gateway to? "Sonic the Hedgehog," he says, "but listen to it as music."
Turns out the guy who composed the video game's theme was from Japanese pop act Dreams Come True.
Sounds strange, but that overlap of childhood and teen memories makes sense with regard to Golden Age. Bruner calls it a culmination of everything that's been bubbling up for him emotionally since he was a kid; not just the music but the life experiences as well. "At the time we were recording [Golden Age track] 'Jamboree,' we were all in a house picking boogers and eating Top Ramen. That song came out of that aura and way of functioning," he recalls.
He says it with a tinge of nostalgia, but I imagine he's still plenty inspired these days, despite having his own place to sleep and the occasional hot plate of okra.