What: Bony Chanterelle

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend

Cost: Free

Contact: mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174

Sometimes, the hardest part of being in a band is coming up with a name. Just ask the members of Bony Chanterelle.

The Bend power trio — vocalist/guitarist/primary songwriter Chris Fraser, bassist Devrett Gupta and drummer Jake Satathite — formed in summer 2016, around the same time Fraser and Gupta’s former band The Chinups was winding down. While music came easily thanks to a natural chemistry and a backlog of original songs Fraser built up playing solo shows and open mic nights, a name eluded the trio.

After tossing around ideas, Fraser turned to the person who helped forge his path as a musician: his sister, Molly.

“She got me my first Radiohead albums, and she told me to buy my very first album, which was Gorillaz’s self-titled album, and I just still love that (stuff),” Fraser said. “So I trusted her with it. I texted her, I said, ‘Hey, starting a new rock band; here are some names I thought of right now. What do you think?’ And she texted me directly after, she said, ‘No, no, no, no. Give me tonight, and I’ll text you tonight or text you in the morning.’ So I get a text the next morning, and she just says, ‘Bony Chanterelle. How about that?’

“… I just had it in my head for a few days, just saying it, like, ‘Oh yeah, people could say Bony for short. OK, yeah, that’s cool,’” Fraser continued. “I don’t know, it stuck with me. And so I presented it to the guys, and they liked it, and so it goes.”

“It was like when you hear something and you’re like, well, I don’t hate it,” Satathite added with a laugh. “And it’s definitely grown on all of us.”

And Bony Chanterelle has grown on Bend. Playing one of its earliest shows at the 2016 Bend Roots Revival, the trio has gone on to become a regular at venues such as Spoken Moto, Crow’s Feet Commons and Volcanic Theatre Pub and a familiar face at Bend’s numerous summer street festivals. Last year, the band released its debut album, “This Can’t End Now,” a heady mix of punk, surf, country and old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll swagger. It will continue to expand its reach this year starting with its first show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School on Thursday.

A chance meeting between Fraser and Satathite led to Bony’s formation. Fraser, originally from Huntington Beach, California, took over a room in a house on Bend’s west side that was originally occupied by Satathite, who moved back to his home state of Alaska to work for a while.

“When I came back just to hang out with the old roommates, I met Chris,” Satathite said. “They were like, ‘Oh yeah, the new roommate, he’s got a band that’s downstairs too,’ and I’m like, ‘Wow, he plays music, cool.’ … Within a year of seeing him here and there, and I’d probably seen him play solo or saw The Chinups or whatever, and was just really drawn to him.”

The two began jamming and soon brought Gupta from The Chinups into the fold. Fraser, who played lead guitar in The Chinups, had been itching to play his own songs with a band, and this new trio provided the opportunity.

“The Chinups had a similar style, but I didn’t want to bring my own songs to The Chinups because I felt like it wouldn’t really fit the way John’s (Treasure, Chinups frontman) music was sounding at the time,” Fraser said. “There was a little less groove, more folk-y, doomsday feel to The Chinups, compared to — Bony is more upbeat but still downbeat I guess. We use some diminished (chords), and it’s more (a) garage, punk-rock kind of thing we’re going for.”

Although, it took some time for the band to land on that sound. With influences including Wilco, Langhorne Slim and Bryan Adams, Fraser originally imagined a mellower sound for his songs (and if you catch him playing a solo show, you will still hear those original, unadorned versions).

“Chris for the most part usually brings something to the table, even if it’s just a riff,” Satathite said of the songwriting process. “When we first started, they were full songs, especially with more of the folk-y stuff. But as we all started playing together and when we got more comfortable, we’d come up with stuff in jams — we’d jam on something and like, ‘Ooh, that’s cool.’ Eventually (we) all really became a part of writing the whole song.”

Family and relationships provide the biggest lyrical inspiration for Fraser. Songs such as “Laundromat Snake Skins” combine his penchant for unusual wordplay with his observations on human nature — in this case, tracing the history of a couple that met at a laundromat, romantic-comedy style.

“I like to reflect on those relationships through music, whether it’s good experiences or bad experiences,” Fraser said. “It’s a good thing to do instead of ball it all up and do nothing with it.”

The trio recorded “This Can’t End Now” on reel-to-reel tape with engineer Scott Oliphant at Parkway Sounds. Dayne Wood at The Firing Room mastered the album, and recently recorded four new songs with the band that will probably be released sometime in the spring. With new music in the pipeline, the trio hopes to break out of Central Oregon and onto the Northwest touring circuit this summer.

“We will get there one day, I know we will,” Fraser said. “I think this summer’s gonna be fun with maybe a festival in Eugene, and I don’t know. Just have fun.”

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