The Brook Lee Catastrophe

The Brook Lee Catastrophe

 Long Beach, California, USA
BandRockFolk

Kings of Leon meet Arcade Fire with The Band 's songwriting sensibilities. A Johnny Cash barritone delivering lyrics described as "smart", "literate", and "about being naked at all the wrong moments". Multi-instrumentalists with an engaging, intruiging, & energetic live show.

Biography

The Brook Lee Catastrophe

Brook Lee- lead vocal, acoustic & electric guitar, banjo
Paul Mitchell- violin, keyboards, backing vocals
George Madrid- lead electric guitar, backing vocals
Ryan Nakata- bass, saxophone, backing vocals
Mike Duncan- drums, backing vocals

Over the past six years, The Brook Lee Catastrophe has built a growing base of friends and fans one show at a time through touring and good old fashioned word of mouth. With a sound steeped in American tradition but uniquely its own, the band weaves strands of folk, rock, pop, and country through a lush sonic backdrop bound together by singer-songwriter Brook Lee's insightful lyrics.

Though rooted in folk and crafted with a troubadour's ear for storytelling, the band will often counterpunch Lee's wicked wit with a wall of sound response. This approach was first captured on, The Weight Of Waiting (2007), when the guys turned to veteran producer Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dandy Warhols) for a restless five day recording session. After a successful launch party at The Troubadour in Hollywood, The Brook Lee Catastrophe hit the road again this time incorporating a six week national tour hitting distinctly different landscapes such as Seattle, Boston, Nashville, and Austin to name just a few.

In late 2008, they returned to the studio armed with nearly three dozen new songs. With Rick Parker again handling the lion's share of the production duties, these sessions produced a set of songs that cover the full breadth of The Catastrophe's formidable arsenal; everything from sweeping rockers to intimate sketches. The result is The Brook Lee Catastrophe's most ambitious offering to date. Two companion piece albums encompassing different sides of the band's musical personality which are linked by common themes. Released in the summer of 2010, the first album, American Hotel features the Catastrophe at full throttle embracing a rock sound that takes advantage of it's thick rhythm section and infectious guitar hooks. It's a whirlwind ride full of sing-along choruses and foot stomping beats, though still anchored by the sharp lyricism that is one of the band's trademarks.

If American Hotel is designed to keep the intensity burning all the way to last call, Motel Americana (summer 2011) is the hair of the dog; the cold comfort of the morning after; the soundtrack of the battered and the bruised. Squarely rooted in the folk tradition, the album also incorporates textures of country, bluegrass, and gospel in service of a song cycle that is at once melancholy and celebratory-the perfect antidote to a cold and cynical world. Backed by the power and passion of world class musicianship, Motel Americana is a reflection of a family that's just getting started.

Lyrics

Saved

Written By: Brook Lee

Somebody save me from myself
My whole world is going south
And I’ve been living hand to mouth
Gonna have to do without
Somebody save me from myself

Somebody save me from my friends
We drink all night and day and then
Where it starts is where it ends
Get up and do it all again
Somebody save me from my friends

Somebody save me from my job
Spend all day long being what I’m not
Kissing asses of my boss’
Respect is just an afterthought
Somebody save me from my job

Somebody save me from my girl
Spends every day messing up my world
I try to fix with no avail
And everything I touch I fail
Somebody save me from that girl

Somebody save me from my life
I’d do it myself If I only tried
When I said I did I lied
It’s a sin to be alive
Somebody save me from my life

It's A Sin

Written By: Brook Lee

It’s a sin (to be sincere)

It’s a sin to be sincere
A lightning bolt in a sky that’s clear
In a bedroom dark With a synapse spark
While you toil away in the loudest part
Of the breaking sound That your making now
So you push it, you pull it, you fool it back underground

And you learn to strum In a way that’s numb
Trading space for the vacant hum
Of a body close, With a shallow bond
Of a time and place,To a random song
That she wont sing now As you lay her down
So you push it, you pull it, you fool it back underground

I don’t care anymore, she says, I don’t care anymore
Where you go
What you do
Whos doing it with you…if I am not

And it’s a curse to come across
So self assured when your boat is lost
And the tide is high The waves are dense
A turn both of phrase and events
That you wont change now
As your breaking down
So you push it you pull it you fool it back underground

On a Friday night, in my only suit
On a drunken whim with no coat to boot
On a midnight flight in a time-zone fight
The bare despair that’s there despite (in spite)
Of her absent frown when the plane touched down
So you push it, you pull it, you fool it back underground

Walking Backwards

Written By: Brook Lee


Oh, sometimes we burn
Over and over
Only to return
Over and over
Slowly do we learn we should just stay gone

You’ve got it all
You’ve got it all
But it’s not what you wanted
In between wars and out of bars
With a heart that’s still haunted by…

Words roll out like fog over the city
Likely bulky void
Absent of meaning
I won’t say such bitter things
That walking backwards tends to bring
Such dredged up dirt such aftermath
That all points to those same few facts

You’ve got it all
You’ve got it all
But it’s not what you wanted
In between wars and out of bars
With a heart that’s still haunted by…

Come On Strong

Written By: Brook Lee

I come on strong, so strong sometimes
Come on strong too strong sometimes but I don’t mean it

I come on strong, too strong sometimes
Come on strong sometimes but I don’t mean it

But I weighed the other side, and it’s not what I needed

I come off harsh so harsh (hard) (sure) sometimes
Come off harsh (these words sound harsh) sometimes like a freight train coming
I get so charged up to go sometimes and theres so much to be said and im like a freight train coming
I come off soft so soft sometimes
Come off soft sometimes and I don’t like it

I come off soft too soft sometimes come off soft sometime sand I don’t like it
Get all walked on soft sometimes

But I weighed the other side and I’m reminded
But I weighed the other side and you wont see me hide it…

Discography

Motel Americana (Summer-2011)
American Hotel (Summer-2010)
The Weight Of Waiting (2007)
Mistakes Pt. 1 (2006)
Losing Esperanza (2005)
Live At The Kung Fu Cafe (2001)
Sorry Im late-Distort-o-Sound Records (2000)

Set List

Average set is 45min to an hour. But can do longer as needed. Typical set example:
Compressed Black Carbon & A Digital Divide
She's An Anchor
Saved
Down
Not your Pharmacy
The Truth Unties
Jesus is Friendly
The Roughest Starts
Constellations I&II
We Typically do not do covers