Today we’re putting the spotlight on Burger Records, a California-based label known for embracing niche genres and promoting cool, up-and-coming artists. Amongst their signings is punk rocker Brontez Purnell, who creates raw, energetic music in his band The Younger Lovers, and Jake Culkowski of Magic Jake & The Power Crystals (as well as King Tuff). We caught up with Brontez and Jake to chat about… well, pretty much everything.
Where is home?
Brontez: I’m originally from Triana Alabama (pop. 490), but have lived in Oakland California for 13 years. My heart belongs to both places.
Jake: Los Angeles currently, but my heart will always be in Michigan.
How would you describe your sound?
Brontez: Mutant R+B meets ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BABY.
Jake: Our music sounds like four rock dudes playing loud music in a Detroit, basement recorded on an 8-track cassette recorder.
What do you look towards for creative inspiration?
Brontez: The Orishas/The Ancestors/Barbara Lynn.
Jake: Inspiration comes for everywhere; all around you. But sometimes it takes jamming really loud with your buddies for ideas to come to fruition.
What is your favourite place to visit when touring?
Brontez: ENGLAND (the boys there have the prettiest accents).
Jake: Gosh, so many… Amsterdam, New Orleans, Vancouver, Austin, Miami, Barcelona…
How would you describe your personal style?
Jake: Like an old Polaroid of your dad.
What’s your spirit animal?
Brontez: EARTHA KITT!!!!!!!!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Brontez: I have ALWAYS wanted to be a SUPER TELEPATH like Professor X!!!!!!
Jake: It would be to never get hungover.
What was your worst day job ever and why?
Brontez: Every job I’ve ever had has been ‘the worst’. Fun fact: I’ve been hired from every job I’ve ever had.
Jake: I did construction work before (which I enjoyed), but Detroit has very cold winters. I can remember being wet, tired and freezing and thinking to myself, ‘I gotta find a way out of this’.
Who do you most admire?
Jake: My dad. He’s a badass guitar/bass player. He was a Detroit firefighter and a marine. He’s been married to my mom for 36 years. I gave him plenty of headaches growing up, and he’s always been there for me… he drove with me cross-country when I moved to LA in 2012.
What profession (other than your own) would you like to attempt?
Brontez: I would love to be a stay-at-home father!
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would they be?
Brontez: I would bring rhythm, music, and my man- who could ask for anything more?!?!?!
Jake: My guitar, babe and dog.
On a scale of 1-10, how honest are you? (… Is that an honest answer?)
Brontez: It depends on the day. If 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest, at this interview I would say 10. If you’re my college loan officer, I’d say a -3 :/
Jake: 9 – yes.
What’s your favourite cereal?
Brontez: DONT MAKE ME CHOOSE! ITS NOT A COMPETITION!
If there is a fork in the road, do you go left or right?
Brontez: I’d probably just stand at the fork… and be completely mortified and paralysed with fear, anxiety, and indecision.
Jake: The path is not predetermined, but when the fork appears, the answer will present itself.
A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say, and why is he here?
Brontez: “I’M NOT REALLY HERE, YOU’RE JUST ON ACID (then a Donna Summer song starts playing out of NOWHERE). THIS HAS REALLY HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE!
Jake: He tells me that I ate too many mushrooms, and then starts a dance party.
Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Brontez: Younger Lovers.
Beer or Champagne?
Heads or Tails?
Jazz or Rock ‘n’ Roll?
Rock, Paper or Scissors?
Brontez: ROCK ME BABY.