When Chris Henderson, the singer and songwriter for the indie-roots Bronze Radio Return, talks about the band’s most recent album — Up, On & Over — he is practically breathing a sigh of relief.
“It’s always nerve wracking, putting out a new body of work, wondering if people are going to say, ‘I like their other albums better,’” Henderson admits. “But we’ve been really fortunate. Our fans have had a lot of positive things to say about it, so it’s been really exciting.”
The album, which was recorded at a goat farm in rural Virginia, is a collection of energetic, upbeat tracks that run the gamut from rock ‘n’ roll (“Up, On & Over”) to beat-heavy pop (“All In”). Their lead single, the stomping, clap-happy “Further On,” has been featured prominently in a PGA Tour ad, and the album has received scores of placements so far. NPR’s All Songs Considered labeled them 2013’s fun., a fellow indie-pop band with hits “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.” Add a dash of Brett Dennen-esque vocals, and EW agrees.
“We think it’s great,” Henderson says. “If our song is on a commercial and a million people hear it, and 500 people decide they like the song, look it up and say ‘Who’s this band?’ then that’s 500 more people who will keep tabs on the music.”
Mostly, however, Henderson is just grateful to have this creative outlet at his disposal.
“I see friends in other jobs that don’t have a creative outlet,” he says. “That would be tough for me to not have some sort of forum where I could focus hard and create, or at least work towards creating something.”
Bronze Radio Return plays with Graham Colton 8:30 pm Friday, Oct. 4, at Cozmic; $10.