What: The Soft White Sixties, with Dan Luke & The Raid, Cosmonautical

When: 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend

Cost: $10 plus fees in advance, $12 at the door

Contact: volcanictheatrepub.com or 541-323-1881

For The Soft White Sixties, change isn’t just inevitable. It was a major reason for the five-piece funk-rock band’s move from San Francisco to Los Angeles in early 2016.

“It probably took about six, seven months, and then we were back in the groove we were (in) up in San Francisco,” lead vocalist Octavio Genera said recently from home, about a week before kicking off a fall tour that lands at Volcanic Theatre Pub on Sunday. “And it just felt really good. It felt like a blank slate. It gave everyone an opportunity — it gave the band and its identity an opportunity to just kind of forget and have the freedom to reinvent and let go of some things we didn’t like, bring in some things that we wanted to do. Moving definitely created an environment that made that easier.”

“The Ocean Way” EP, tracked at United Recording Studios in L.A. with Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) and released late last year, offered the first taste of the “new” Soft White Sixties. The four songs expanded on the band’s muscular yet soulful approaches from 2014 debut album “Get Right” and 2011’s self-titled EP, recorded shortly after the band formed in San Francisco in 2010.

But the real evolution can be heard on last month’s double-single “Brick by Brick” and its Spanish-language counterpart “Piedra a Piedra,” the first of an album’s worth of songs recorded with Father John Misty bassist Elijah Thomson. The song is the band’s most explicitly political yet, with the Mexican-American Genera addressing the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. (“If you build a wall, we’re gonna tear it down brick by brick”). The message is driven home further in the Spanish version of the song — the first time Genera has attempted to sing in the language.

“I grew up speaking Spanish, but as I grew up, my Spanish kind of fell off,” Genera said. “And so going into singing, it’s a very personal thing. Also, you want to make sure the pronunciation is right, the vocabulary is right, because I didn’t want it to sound like Sublime Spanish — this kind of like level-one Spanish where I know a few words and I’m gonna sing the hook in Spanish.”

Genera wrote “Brick by Brick” and the other songs from the session in English, then worked with Thomson and a friend from a former band in San Francisco on translations. Often, that required more work than simply translating the lyrics word-for-word. In “Piedra a Piedra,” for example, the pickup of the chorus melody starts earlier in order to accommodate the Spanish phrasing.

“In the studio, and then hearing it come back, it just felt really great, and it’s something that I didn’t know what it was gonna feel like,” Genera said. “(‘Brick by Brick’), that song especially, the chorus — I meant it when it came to (the) English (words), but then singing in Spanish, it just resonated even more with me. Like with anything, certain words and different phrases feel different in different languages. It’s the rhythm of the language, and there’s some words that tie together better in Spanish — that there’s a rhythm that happens that I noticed that wasn’t there in English.”

Genera has been experimenting with the different versions of the songs live, often mixing English choruses with Spanish verses or vice-versa. “Brick by Brick” and “Piedra a Piedra” will be released as a 7-inch vinyl single, and subsequent songs from the sessions will be released song-by-song as opposed to on a traditional album.

The band — Genera, guitarist Aaron Eisenberg, bassist Ryan Nobel, drummer Joey Bustos and newest addition Rob Fidel on guitar and keyboards — also opened up its writing process on the new songs. This began with “The Ocean Way,” which saw the band take influence from filmmakers such as the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino — directors known for marrying popular music to iconic imagery.

“When we’re working on songs now, we’re like, man, we want to write a song that would fit this kind of vibe. What kind of song would be in this kind of movie?” Genera said. “And all of that — that’s just us being in a room and everybody having the same feeling in their head. And then when we’re writing, it all goes that way.”

For the first time in the band’s history, Genera collaborated with Thomson on his lyrics. The band started recording this new batch of songs on Election Day 2016, the results of which helped further push the band into political territory.

“And that lent itself to not all the songs, but ‘Brick by Brick’ kind of fell into that really naturally,” Genera said. “Eli and I, whenever we’d work on lyrics, it would just be us hanging out all day working on one song. And a lot of it would just be conversations beforehand — just talking about this, talking about that, what we’d gone through moving from San Francisco to L.A., people’s lives — and just kind of finding stuff that popped out. And that song, ‘Brick by Brick,’ came to that because I was talking to Eli about my history and my upbringing and everything.”

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