Sunday, June 18th, 2017
7:00 pmBrooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
$25.00 - $30.00+
This event is 18 and over
$25.00 General Admission
$30.00 Day of Show General Admission
All guests must have a valid government/state issued ID for entry to the venue. No refunds.
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single, “We Got It All Tonight,” written by Music Row stalwarts Chris Destefano, Ashley Gorley and 2015 BMI Songwriter of the Year Rodney Clawson.It adds up to 14 tracks, most of them co-written by members of the band, some of them with outside writers all of them branded by their balance of harmony blends with distinctive lead vocals, instrumental polish with raw soul —and above all, their fusion of multiple influences into that unique Sister Hazel sound.They draw from the talents of guest artists too. You can’t miss Darius Rucker’s voice on “Karaoke Song.” Sister Hazel has been playing the song live for a while, ever since Rucker, Copeland,and Nashville songwriter Barry Dean put it together. And on the stark heartbreak ballad “Almost Broken,” fast-rising artist Jillian Jacqueline adds a haunting complement to Copeland’slead vocal.“I originally sang it alone,” Copeland says. “But then Chip Matthews, our producer, said, ‘Let me put a female vocal on it. Trust me on this.’ He got Jillian into the studio and she just crushed it. It took the song to a whole other level.”Most members of the band also contributed a solo composition to Lighter In The Dark. “Sister Hazel has a reputation for writing fun and sometimes uplifting songs,” says lead singer/guitarist Ken Block. “Usually it’s a little easier for me to write when I’ma little more introspective. But one day, while I was just messing around on my guitar, a line kind of fell out: ‘Kiss Me Without Whiskey.’ So I built a story around it, where someone might be a little more affectionate when they’ve had a couple of cocktails or they’ve got money in their pocket. When I took it to the band, we just had fun with it and at the end went off into this rockin’ jam. It’s so much fun to play live.”Ryan Newell came up with “Thoroughbred Heart.” “We usually have an acoustic moment on our albums and I thought this could fill that space,” says Sister Hazel’s lead guitarist. “As far as lyrical content, it’s about the struggles of being in a relationship and opening yourself up, though maybe not as much as you should.”
In terms of Sister Hazel history, the most significant solo write on Lighter In The Darkis probably “Ten Candle Days.” From their very first album, Beres has almost always written the closing track. But never has he sung lead on it, or on any other song in their catalog, until now, in this story of a miner’s life deep underground.“We went into the studio to record this and Ken said, ‘Why don’t you go into the room and sing it so I can sit with it, listen to it and get a feel for it?’,” Beresrelates. “We’d finished the music bed, so I went in and did two quick takes. I came back into the control room and the guys were looking at me funny. Then they said, ‘I think you just sang your first lead on a Sister Hazel record!’”Another first for Lighter In The Darkis Chip Matthews’ debut as the band’s producer after a long run as engineer on several of their recent albums. “We trusted Chip to lead this project,” Block explains. “He’s got a great ear and a great sensibility for songs and textures. That doesn’t mean we didn’t add our input, but at the end of the day we agreed that he should captain this ship.”“He really helped us shape our arrangements and guitar parts,” adds drummer Mark Trojanowski. “On songs like ‘Karaoke,’ ‘Prettiest Girl,’ ‘Take It With Me’ and ‘Fall Off The Map,’ he reeled us in so we didn’t just rehash them the way we’d been playing them live. That was great because it kept us on our toes and made everything work better in the studio.”But that’s not all that makes Lighter In The Darka milestone in Sister Hazel’s history. Through decades of exhaustive touring as well as developing their Lyrics For Life Charity,the Rock Boat cruise, Hazelnut Hang and other annual fan gatherings, they’ve drawn from, processed and reflected back their synthesis of American music. As Trojanowski notes, “I come from a jazz background. Ryan comes from the blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Allman Brothers, Ken and Drew have a lot of Indigo Girls and James Taylor in their hearts. And we’re all huge Eagles fans.”“Through it all, we’ve just kept getting better as a band,” Newell adds. “We’ve matured as songwriters. Each time we record, I feel more proud of our new album than the last one because I can hear us still growing.”
“And we’ve always been unclassifiable,” Beres concludes. “We’ll put out a record and go, ‘What is it? Is it country music? Is it Southern rock? Is it pop? is it college acoustic, alternative?’ It doesn’t matter! It’s just us doing what we’ve always done. We’re writing about who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. And we’ve never done it as well as we have on Lighter In The Dark.”
Since the release of their 2013 independent debut Battle of the Heart, the quartet—Aric Chase Damm [vocals, guitar], Michael Jones [piano], David Aguiar [drums, percussion], and Ben Ross [bass]—has landed high-profile placements throughout film and television, including The Good Lie, Ashby, 90210, Growing Up Fisher, American Idol, The MLB Network and more. They’ve also earned ink in Los Angeles Times, American Songwriter, and OC Weekly, among many others. Their forthcoming 2016 sophomore effort, American Novel, elevates the group’s rock-tinged cinematic Americana sound to heavenly heights.
“We want to take listeners on a journey with American Novel,” exclaims Aric. “Each song blends into the next, weaving together this adventure. In many ways, it feels like our first album as a defined band.”
“We have so many stories to tell,” agrees Michael. “We try to create an environment for listeners to immerse themselves in.”
The creative union between Aric and Michael dates back to seventh grade when the two recorded their first CD and sold it to classmates in Orange County. Inspired by their school’s music program, the musicians dove headfirst into learning their instruments, spending countless hours gaining palpable proficiency at a young age. This would start translate into their very first local performances.
By college, they had begun scoring short films together, drawing on influences as diverse as composer Thomas Newman, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Bruce Springsteen, and needtobreathe. Following their graduation, the duo officially formed The Brevet, self-producing and recording Battle of the Heart.
“It’s always been a D.I.Y. effort,” says Michael. “This is totally our vision created and presented by us. There’s a purity to that approach that we take pride in.”
It carried through the sessions for American Novel. Tracked in the community center of a mobile home park a stone’s throw from Southern California’s famed 405 Freeway, they channel a rustic, raw, and real energy throughout the record’s 10 tracks. It’s stitched together by threads of soundtrack-style overtones, rock power, and Americana spirit.
In between recording, they developed an overpowering live presence. Reflective of their deft musicianship, the shows left audiences singing and stunned anytime they hit the stage. All of this would lay the foundation for their latest body of work.
They previewed the album with the three-song CH.1 EP, including the first single “Moving Mountains.” On the track, a gang vocal towers over slick finger-picked guitar, resounding piano, and booming percussion.
“‘Moving Mountains’ inspired us to make this album lyrically,” admits Aric. “It speaks on themes of overcoming. Everything was rooted in that. I was reading a book of Vincent Van Gogh’s journal passages at the time. For someone to have such clarity in his dream in the face of uncertainty and doubt is very inspiring. You’ve got to make your own path and do something you can be proud of. That’s our mantra.”
Michael adds, “You’re working towards creating your own reality and success. It might feel like you have to move something seemingly insurmountable to do so, but it’s not impossible. There’s always a way to overcome.”
Elsewhere, “Be Your Man” swings form an expansive chant into a bluesy twang, and “Hold On” builds from a stark and soulful verse into an impassioned refrain. “People might think ‘Hold On’ about a love interest, but it’s actually referring to holding on to yourself and who you aspire to be,” remarks Aric.
A song of determination, “Hazy Eyes” carries a robust refrain over a driving beat and guitar, while the finale “Upholder” closes everything out with an appropriately epic crescendo.
Now, The Brevet share their passion with the world on American Novel. “I hope we can speak to everyone’s journey,” Michael leaves off. “We’re in this together, and this is the first step.”
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