-- What: Cherub with Smooth Dialects.
-- When: 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.
-- Where: Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St.
-- Admission: $10.
-- Phone: 267-4644.
-- Venue website: www.rhythm-brews.com.
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As they move into 2013, local indie rockers Behold the Brave are keeping their eyes forward but their ears trained on the past.
In late 2011, explains lead singer Clayton Davis, the band had a collective eureka moment when someone popped in an early Beatles album on the way to the recording studio.
“All of a sudden, everything that was written in the ’60s and ’70s made sense to me,” he says. “I was hearing things in a different way. I think a lot of us found ourselves in that [kind of] music.”
Since meeting as students at Lee University in 2008, Behold the Brave’s members had been playing emotionally charged music in the style of artists such as Dashboard Confessional and Manchester Orchestra. After their eureka moment, however, they began emulating the grooves, energy and sense of fun they heard in artists such as Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Audiences will be able to lay ears on Behold the Brave’s new sound Saturday when the band headlines a show at JJ’s Bohemia benefiting Chattanooga Autism Center. It will be joined by Milktooth and mountain dulcimer guru Butch Ross.
The first evidence of Behold the Brave’s new focus on a classic sound is reflected on its second album, “The Great American Challenge,” which dropped Nov. 6.
Despite pulling a sonic 180 from what fans had come to expect, Davis says the band has only benefited from the decision to take a risk.
“Surprisingly, everyone seems to be really cool with it,” he says. “I think we definitely got a lot of new fans because of it.”
When they began working on “The Great American Challenge” at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta, Davis says producer Matt Goldman suggested the band record the new tracks live. That decision helped craft a project that parallels the band’s live shows and reflects the energy of the classic artists its members have become enamored with.
“The shows are definitely more fun,” he says. “It’s not as much a show as a party. When we play, that’s what we shoot for.”
Contact staff writer Casey Phillips at email@example.com or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP