The Band You Can’t Quite Define

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Furcast’s unique sound is garnering attention in the Long Beach music scene    

By MIGUEL – ÁNGEL ORDUÑO

Seeing Furcast live is simply a cinematic experience.

Attempting to describe their sound, members of the up-and-coming Long Beach band sit in a living room looking at each other puzzled.

“I’ve always used the word, cinematic. That’s the best way I can describe it,” Gary Bramlett says, the band’s drummer.

Each instrument brings a cinematic feel to every venue they play – from the haunting vocals to drum crashes to the soft, yet powerful trumpet and strums of the guitar.

They do not let a genre define them.

Their biggest influences?

“I feel like films are a big inspiration,” explains Vincent Mazza, the guitarist.

Furcast performing at Alex’s Bar photo by Leticia Gomez @ohdear_letilove

Furcast performing at Alex’s Bar photo by Leticia Gomez @ohdear_letilove

 

Furcast is a four-piece ensemble comprised of lead vocalist and bass player Johann Carbajal, guitar player Vincent Mazza, drummer and percussionist Gary Bramlett, and trumpet player Kael Sharp.

2009 began the inception of what today has become Furcast. At first, the band was just Carbajal and Mazza. Bramlett and Sharp were merely stand-ins at the time.

That same year they recorded their EP Together, which was released in 2010. After, performance artist Sheila Vand approached Carbajal to produce music for a theatrical live music experiment called “Sneaky Nietzsche”, an opportunity they couldn’t afford to pass up.

The project ran for several years, deep inside a basement on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, ultimately putting a stop to the band’s own project.

 

“We thought the band was over,” Mazza says.

After “Sneaky Nietzsche” with Vand ended, Bramlett and Sharp joined the band and the four decided to pick up where they left off with – Furcast as we know it was officially born.

“After doing that project, it did spark a confidence in us that that we were looking for,” Carbajal says.    

They wrote new material between shows that were few and far between, but it didn’t deter them.

“We would go months without playing a show, we were playing like three or four shows, but they were so spread out,” Mazza remembers.

Carbajal says the band  wasn’t getting shows because of how different they sounded.

“I think they just didn’t know what to do with us,” Carbajal recalls.

They spent two years working on material and playing shows sporadically, but that all changed by the end of 2014.

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It was a fill-in spot that finally got the group some serious recognition,  when they were asked by the band Highlands to fill in o

ne night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. After that performance, Carbajal says they began networking with more and more people around LB, steadily building contacts and a following.

“A whole new level of shows started to come our way, 2015 felt completely different,” Carbajal explains.

During the beginning of 2015 the band was being booked left and right. Aside from doing shows with each other, members of the band joined side projects, given them each a personal chance to grow as musicians.

“The more I do outside of Furcast, the more I can bring into Furcast,” Sharp says.

Carbajal joined a Long Beac

h based side-project called Secret Garden, in which he played the keys. One member of Secret Garden is Dani Evans.

“He mentored me, helping me out with our side project. Our writing has the same vibes in it,” Evans explains.

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Evans believes Furcast brings something unique to their audiences.

“They’re making people feel things they’ve never felt before, and inspiring a lot of people,” he says.

With a growing fan basein the Long Beach, the band has collaborated with other local talent such as JSNMSK of the Long Beach rap-duo Crimewave 5150.

“It’s like the best band in the world to me. The way they sound, it evokes a lot of emotion, it’s definitely an experience,” the local rapper says.

So far, 2016 has been good to the band,  and they’re performing more than ever before. Up next is all their seven track self-produced debut album, A Walk Through Hell, due to drop next month.

“I’m ready for people to hear us sound like we want to sound,”  Sharp says.

As far as what that sound is, well it’s a cinematic of course.

You can experience Furcast at their three-hour set at Third Thursdays, at The Renaissance Hotel, Sept. 15, 6-10 p.m.   

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