Brea Burns and the Boleros

Ages 21+
7Horse w/ special guest Brea Burns and the Boleros at Last Exit Live in Phoenix, AZ / Doors at 7pm / Show at 8pm

“Youʼre never going to be as good as something you copy. So, we want to invent

our own space,” says Phil Leavitt, one half of the stalwart rock/blues duo 7Horse.

“And if you want what weʼve got, weʼre the only ones who have it.”

Formed in 2011 by Leavitt and longtime friend and musical partner Joie Calio,

7Horse has blazed their own trail across three well-reviewed albums: Let the

7Horse Run (2011), Songs for a Voodoo Wedding (2014) and Livin in a Bitch of a

World (2016) and most recently SUPERFECTA (12/7/2018). Along the way, their

raw, swaggerinʼ catalog of “dark, sexual rockʼnʼroll” has racked up 13.5+ million

streams on Spotify and been featured across TV shows (Amazonʼs The Grand

Tour, the NFL playoffs on Fox), video games (Far Cry 5) and one very, very big

movie — The Wolf of Wall Street, which showcased the bandʼs left-of-center hit

“Meth Lab Zoso Sticker.”

“Thereʼs a level of validation when Martin Scorsese thinks your song is good

enough for his movie,” says Calio. “That was the proverbial shot in the arm for us.

We weren't looking for it, but we had worked our asses off — sometimes stuff like

that comes to you."

But ever restless, the band has toyed with their musical formula on their new

album Superfecta. Written and recorded in the Hollywood Hills over a six-month

span, it marks a true sonic evolution for the group, and adds a few new voices to

their swampy mix.

“We started as a two-piece, blues-influenced, Black Keys-styled band, but we couldnʼt stay there,” says Leavitt. “We have all these influences. Iʼm a product of

growing up in Vegas, so I love showbiz, and I love rockʼnʼroll. To me, itʼs like Dean

Martin fronting the Stones. Is there room for that? We want to find out.”

In lieu of self-producing, the band brought in Grammy-winning mixer/producer

Dave Way (Ben Folds, Jakob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Foo Fighters, Paul

McCartney, Pink). “Heʼs mixed some of our stuff before, and heʼs a great

collaborator,” says Leavitt. “He has the same appreciation for the ‘60s and ‘70s

bands we like — and he cut his teeth as an engineer/mixer for a lot of R&B records,

so he gets the groove thatʼs part of our sound. And heʼs a great hang.”

As well, the band also started working with Brian Whelan, a multi-instrumentalist

who recently served as the guitar player for Dwight Yoakam. “Heʼs a great bass

player and keyboardist, and he really frees us up live,” says Calio.

For Superfecta, the group upended their unorthodox songwriting process. “We live

in two different cities, so we used to send each other lyrics and ideas, and finish

the song when we went into the studio, to create that last-minute spark,” says

Calio. “That worked for three records. This time, we did a lot of pre-production

and wrote for several months together. It was a conscious effort to up our game.”

The result is an expansive, daring take on 7Horseʼs blues-rock sound. Take the

thunderous opener “Victorious,” a foot-stomping anthem that plays like “We Will

Rock You” cycled through classic ZZ Top. Itʼs certainly a diverse record, but a

cohesive one: the spaghetti western vibe of “What Kind of Man” and sped-up

rockabilly of “Die Behind the Wheel” pair nicely with the more languid break-up

rocker “Broken String” (featuring Joie on lead) and the slow din of “Burn,” a song

written at 5 a.m. after Leavitt witnessed images of the 405 on fire.

Lyrically, Superfecta, the bandʼs fourth record, centers on four themes — death,

money, love and the duoʼs relationship to music (hence the title, a reference to

betting on the four winning horses in a race). The album also touches upon the

frazzled state of our country — see the toe-tapping, what-do-you-believe first

single “What Is America.”

In support of the September 2018 release of a rollickinʼ cover of Johnny Cashʼs

“Man in Black” (recorded for the movie VENOM) and their newest album out in late

2018 — the band is itching to hit the road. “We want to tour. A lot,” says Leavitt. “I

love playing in front of people. That inspires us.”

Interestingly, the group found great success touring with rather unexpected

musical pairings, including country/Southern rockers The Cadillac Three and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. “Those were great tours, and thatʼs the kind of

tour I want to be on.” says Calio. “Youʼre there to show up and change minds. I

love doing that.”

For Leavitt and Calio, 7Horse marks the incredible evolution of a friendship and

musical partnership that goes back over two decades — with some brief detours

into book writing, solo records and the Blue Man Group — starting when the two

served as the rhythm section and Joie sang lead for the platinum alt-rock trio

dada. “Weʼve always been unified in thought,” says Calio. “We agree on almost

everything. And we know that even as we expand our band, the two of us will

always be the foundation.”

Venue Information:
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ, 85004