The Life and Times of Briertone Pt. 1

Briertone drummer Bobby Lucy with new project, Vegas based GoldBoot.

In late 2011, the band had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the San Louis Obispo based, “Outlaw Rock” group, Briertone. Somewhat of a local legend, we were lucky enough to befriend “BTone” and embark on a series of shows together over the course of the next few months.

With their distinct sound and personalities, it was always exciting to be around the group. “Gypsy Girl” is still one of my favorite songs of all time, by any group. 

However, by the summer of 2012, the band seemed to have entered a semi-hiatus, with the various members focusing on other projects, musical or otherwise. But Briertone are back and we’re once again lucky enough to share a stage with them on May 2 in SLO. 

Also on the bill are GoldBoot, the new synth/pop/dance/groove/I don’t even know exactly what to call it project by Briertone drummer and notorious Vegas socialite Bobby Lucy. 

GoldBoot began it’s earliest iteration in 2010, recording the EP “Boot Tease” and performing into 2011 before the members split, leaving singer Logan Lanning to “carry the boot.” 

Now, fast forward to the fall of 2012. Long time friends Bobby Lucy and Logan Lanning begin to toss around the idea of reigniting the GoldBoot flame and taking what was a solid foundation and molding it into something they could call their own. One jam session churned out three songs and the new duo realized they had something special and that GoldBoot was back …stronger than ever. The re-inspired band worked hard molding small ideas into full songs in what seemed like the blink of an eye and in no time at all the two found themselves with six brand new songs and the drive to take GoldBoot further than it had ever been. They quickly found local bassist Jules Manning off a random Facebook inquiry and began working as a three piece to solidify their sound and push the boot quickly to the live stage once again. They reunited with Engineer Mark Gray and have been working hard on a new EP chalked full of energetic new dance tunes with a mid-May release. 

-GoldBoot official bio

"I’ve always been a huge fan of a strong four in the floor dance beat, heavy synth leads, a catchy pop vocal melody and strong ambience," Lucy explained. "The new songs we are developing in GoldBoot have all of that thrown into one, and then some. This band is perfect for me."

Lucy was quick to clarify that his excitement for GoldBoot is in no way meant to be disparaging of Briertone or signify any end to the group. “Not saying I haven’t enjoyed my other musical projects, but this one is right up my alley.”

Check out GoldBoot’s music, Twitter and Instagram account for more on this sultry trio.

Our show with GoldBoot and Briertone is on Thursday, May 2 at SLO Brew7:30pm. All ages. The lineup also includes Fialta

Advance tickets are available here for $10. You can also pick up advance tickets at Boo Boo Records in SLO.

I’ll be attempting to catch up with the other members of Briertone to see what they’ve been up to and what’s in store for the band in the weeks leading up to the show.