Ruby Yacht sets sail
In a recent interview, Bravery discusses his influences and songwriting process.
Randal Bravery: I feel like my first experience is probably listening to music from video games and vibing with that, hanging out with my brothers and stuff. I also listened to music that was played in the house. My grandmother played a lot of gospel, blues and soul. sounds cool. We will putz around and show each other work. Outside of the Ruby Yacht crew, I don’t collaborate much. I have collaborated with my guitar player, Terrance Barrett. We have a post-punk psych rock band in Madison. Antilia Raid is just me and him. We also have a trio called Carbon Bangle. He writes those songs and I write the lyrics on top.
I suppose when I perform by myself I have the freedom to do whatever I want without being restricted by anyone. I enjoy collaborating with the homies. A combination of energies is nice. It’s useful to look back at. making vibe stuff, I don’t want to bum anyone out. When I’m doing the rock things, I feel like I can properly portray that message.
I feel like being in Wisconsin is kind of like that. I grew up in Wisconsin. It’s rough for a black person. It’s a cold place. I wouldn’t say Milwaukee, in particular, is difficult. … Here, everyone is trying to ignore the humanity in others. The weird distances people put between themselves. It’s the only place where I’ve been walking on a sidewalk and someone will lock their car door. I lived in L.A. for a little bit. That was a different racial tension. …
Milwaukee-based musician Randal Bravery.