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    Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:22:11

    The Belle Brigade to Release Debut Album in April 2011 - They're siblings - Barbara and Ethan Gruska

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    Reprise Records will release the self-titled debut album from Los Angeles' The Belle Brigade, fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, in April 2011.

    Inspired by Barbara and Ethan's love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, the album's artfully arranged, freewheeling songs brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. Wow, she's like Meg White! Seriously, though, Babs is a longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene and a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis, among others, before she picked up a guitar and formed The Belle Brigade with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago.

    Raised in a musical family --their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams of JAWS fame- Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums you’ve heard in recent years. Songs like "Sweet Louise," "Where Not To Look For Freedom," "Lucky Guy" and "Lonely Lonely," are tailor-made for road-tripping up the coast with the car top down, sunshine on your face, and the music blasting into the roar of the wind. Man, now I want to hit the road and travel.

    "We didn't want to make something small and precious," Barbara said. "We wanted to make something big and exhilarating. Recording this album was an incredible lesson at walking the line between holding on and letting go. Every note is intentional, but we gave up the reins to let the music go freely where it wanted to go. We wanted to make a record that was personal and aching, but still uplifting, relatable, and fun to listen to."

    Los Angeles-area fans can catch The Belle Brigade performing live every Monday night in January at Club Spaceland's Last Monday Night Residency. The club is located at 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Admission is free. Free? Well, when I am in LA, I will be checking out The Belle Brigade.

    The track-listing for The Belle Brigade is as follows:

    "Sweet Louise"
    "Where Not To Look For Freedom"
    "Losers"
    "Belt of Orion"
    "Shirt"
    "Lucky Guy"
    "Lonely Lonely"
    "Punch Line"
    "Rusted Wheel"
    "My Goodness"
    "Fasten You To Me"

    Do you plan to check out The Belle Brigade's residency?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    12.21.10




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