In the latest music section, we continue our Interview magazine-style concept where local musicians interview other local musicians. This week's spotlight shines on the Bureau, whose interview was conducted by Shae Moseley of Ghost in Light. The Bureau is releasing its first full-length, We Make Plans in Secret, at the Blubird on Saturday night. Doors at 8, music starts around 10 p.m., with Riddle of Steel and Roman Numerals opening. Bureau vocalist/bassist Mike Cracchiolo, among other things, had this to say about his dance-rock band:
Shae Moseley: What is the reaction you get to playing dance music in this town? Do people get it? Mike Cracchiolo: It's funny, I just had a conversation with a sound guy last night who was like, "The first couple times I mixed you, I just didn't get it at all. I didn't know what you were trying to do. And then the last time, it just clicked." That could be an indication of how naïve we were starting out, because we wanted to write songs that could be dance-y or synth-heavy or darker. And it really was a reaction to St. Louis initially. We thought it would be fun to do something different, stuff that sounds like the Cure or Joy Division or whatever.
There's a pretty wide range of styles on the album. There are uptempo, danceable tracks, but also some rockers and a couple melancholy ballads. Well, I write in phases, and I always try to write a crop of songs that's different from the ones that came before. For me, the post-punk time is so apt because this really is just more complicated punk rock. If I hear a band and it's straightforward and uptempo...I mean, I'm not talking about bratty, screamy punk-rock shit. I'm talking about stuff that's a little smarter and more mature than that. That's the stuff that gets me really excited, but by no means is it all that I listen to. And it all finds its way into the writing at some point. I mean, Jamie [Toon, keyboardist/guitarist] loves Steely Dan. I love Steely Dan.
Decide for yourself if the Steely Dan influence emerges on two tracks from Plans, "White Girls" and "Footsteps."