Brad Brooks

Brad Brooks

 Oakland, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Brad Brooks’ evokes a dramatic and orchestral pop soundscape:think huge, bright Circus Tent being torn down on a rainy flatland in a vintage Fellini film. Brooks’ disc is rooted in a kind of Victorian California romanticism. his vocal approach is earnest and dramatic. Oh and it rawks....

Biography

Originally from sun baked Tucson, Arizona, Oakland Bay Area pop alchemist, Brad Brooks has a big voice and he intends to use it for dastardly good. It’s Freddie Mercury dating Leonard Cohen, in a threesome with Kate Bush. With tales of love on his sleeve, ex-stripper librarians and manic tourists, his is an extraordinarily unique perspective on a city and its delightful debauchery. Cinematic, orchestrated, and moody, his elaborate west coast baroque sound, rocks, pops and breaks your heart in all the right places. Either solo, or with his band, Brad’s 70’s piano driven style of psychedelic persuasion moves from constructed pop anthems, through Jacques Brel-esque satirical waltzes, to intimate guitar ballads. Brooks has been performing throughout the Bay Area and is currently mastering his new long awaited sophomore release, “Spill Collateral Love”, due in April '07. Brad also: Has something from the Johnny Cash Show 1971
Is using a child development lecture tape as a means of political propaganda
A Klickitat Band Camp member
A chime groupie. Was/Is a rubber chicken.

Lyrics

Hit Me Like A Smile

Written By: Brad Brooks, Shay Scott

HIT ME LIKE A SMILE (Brooks, Scott)

WELL I CAN’T GET INSIDE YOUR HEAD AND I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU THROW YOUR BED BUT THE GREYHOUND BUS IS LEAVING YOUR LUCKY CARD IS THE QUEEN OF CUPS ALL PATRON SAINTS NOW FILL IT UP BUT YOU’RE SHUFFLING WHILE THE WORLD IS DEALING EVERY RING YOU OWN IS ON YOUR HAND AND EVERY WISH YOU WANT IS ON LOAN FROM THE MAN CAN WE GET THERE IF WE TRY A LITTLE HARDER AND THEN IT HIT ME I’M ALONE AND I’VE ALWAYS FELT THAT WAY IT HIT ME LIKE A SMILE IT HIT ME LIKE A SMILE I’M A MIRACLE AWAY FROM WHO I THOUGHT I COULD BE
SOMETIMES PEOPLE CHANGE WHEN THE WORLDS UNDRESSED A SOLAR BURST OF MAGNETIC DISTRESS SPECTACULAR PERCEPTIONS OF POINTLESSNESS CAN RIP YOU OFF AND KILL ALL THE BESTOF EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU LOVELY
AND THEN IT HIT ME I’M A FOOL AND I’VE ALWAYS FELT THAT WAY IT HIT ME LIKE A SMILE IT HIT ME LIKE A SMILE
I’M A SOFT KISS AWAY FROM WHO I THOUGHT I COULD BE IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT ALL ADD UP LIKE DROPLETS IN YOUR MEMORIES CUP AND THE WORDS OF THOSE WHO NO LONGER LIVE WILL SING TO YOU IN THE MEMORIES THAT YOU GIVE THAT YOU GIVE THAT YOU GIVE CAUSE THE MORE YOU KNOW THE LESS YOU WANNA SEE AND THE MORE YOU FIND
THE LESS YOU WANNA BELIEVE AND THE PAY OFF MIGHT NEVER BE RECEIVED BUT YOU KNOW I’M GONNA PAY FOR IT ANYWAY YEAH YOU KNOW I ALWAYS PAY FOR IT ANYWAY AND THEN IT HIT ME THEN IT HIT ME THEN IT HIT ME
Brad Brooks – Vocals, Piano; Paul Hoaglin – Bass; Michael Phillip Taylor – Drums; Patty Espeseth – Cello; Teri Untalan – Viola; Alan Molina – Violin; String Arrangement by Paul, String trio & Brad; Produced and Recorded @ Klickitat Band Camp by Shay Scott; Stings, Bass Produced and Recorded @ Tiny Telephone by Scott Solter. Mixed @ Tiny Telephone by Scott Solter and Paul Hoaglin; Written by: Brad Brooks (Mouth Magic Music BMI) Shay Scott (Shay S. Scott ASCAP)

Lathered In Cream

Written By: Brad Brooks

LATHERED IN CREAM (Brooks)

COVERED ALL SMOTHERED AND LATHERED IN CREAM ARE YOU FRESH AS A DAISY OR A PORNO QUEEN THOUGHT YOU WERE A ROLLER BUT YOU’RE REALLY A SCREAM AN ARMY OF DOMINATION IN A PRE-MAGNETIC WORLD
A SPECIMEN OF THE UNCIVILIZED IN A POST TRAUMATIC SWIRL COVERED ALL SMOTHERED AND LATHERED IN CREAM
LOOSE EYES ARE DREAMING BUT NEVER DO THEY SLEEP GOT SOME EXPLAINING TO DO WHEN YOU CAN SPEAK
BUT YOUR MOUTH IS DEVASTATED AND YOU’RE STUTTERIN ON YOUR AUDIO IS SATURATED WITH THE SOUND OF BEIN ALONE GONNA COME AND SEE YOU YOUR GONNA BLEED ALL OVER ME WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT
LIKE OUR LIVES DEPENDED ON NOWHERE TO BE WITH ME WITH ME LET’S GO BUT YOUR MOUTH IS DEVASTATED AND YOU’RE STUTTERIN ON YOUR AUDIO IS SATURATED WITH THE SOUND OF BEIN SOUND OF BEIN ALONE OH YEA
COVERED ALL SMOTHERED AND LATHERED IN CREAM COVERED ALL SMOTHERED AND LATHERED IN CREAM
COVERED SMOTHERED COVERED SMOTHERED IN CREAM
Brad Brooks – Vocals; Paul Hoaglin – Gretsch, Rickenbacker guitars; Franklin Vasquez – Les Paul (Solo)
Chris Barnett – Bass; Brian Zalewski – Drums, Tambo; Shay Scott – Piano (solo)
Produced, Recorded and Mixed @ The Groove Room By Davy Vain; Written by: Brad Brooks (Mouth Magic Music BMI)

Manic Tourist In Sway

Written By: Brad Brooks

MANIC TOURIST IN SWAY (Brooks)

SHE CRIES AT THE FEAR OF HEIGHTS SINKS HER TEETH INTO MY ARM BUT SHE LIKES THE SPEED OF SOUND UNDERNEATH THE RADAR I’M THE MANIC TOURIST DRESSED IN ALL HER SWAY SHE’S BECOME MY DETOX AND I BECOME HER PREY
MY PET PROJECT IS PRIORITIZING PAIN THE UNREQUITED LAUNDRY LIST OF THINGS I WOULDN’T DO AGAIN WASHING OUT MY MEMORIES WITH WORDS I THOUGHT I’D NEVER SAY SHE’S BECOME MY DETOX AND I’M HER NEEDLE EXCHANGE AND IT’S BEST WHEN I’M ALONE AND IT’S WORSE WHEN I’M ALONE AND I KISS THE EVER UNKNOWN DESIGN HAS SEEN ITS DAY I TRY TO FIND A WAY SHE WANTS A METAPHOR PARADOX A LUNCH BOX LOOKING FOR A SIMILE A PARAPHRASE A SYMPHONY I’M THE MANIC TOURIST DRESSED IN ALL DISMAYED NEVER BEEN MUCH OF A PURIST BUT I BECOME ONE ANYWAY SHE’S BECOME MY CLOROX AND I’M HER NEEDLE EXCHANGE AND IT’S BEST WHEN I’M ALONE AND IT’S WORSE
WHEN I’M ALONE AND I KISS THE EVER UNKNOWN DESIGN HAS SEEN ITS DAY I TRY TO FIND A WAY DESIGN HAS SEEN ITS DAY I TRY TO FIND A WAY DESIGN HAS SEEN ITS DAY SHE CRIES AT THE FEAR OF HEIGHTS
SINKS HER TEETH INTO MY ARM SHE LIKES THE SPEED OF SOUND UNDERNEATH THE RADAR
Brad Brooks – Vocals, Piano; Paul Hoaglin – Nylon string guitar, Vocals; Patty Espeseth – Cello;
Teri Untalan – Viola; Alan Molina – Violin; Child Development tape supplied by Roy Brooks
String arrangement by: Paul Hoaglin, Patty Espeseth, Teri Untalan, Brad Brooks
Produced and Recorded @ Klickitat Band Camp by Shay Scott. Mixed @ Tiny Telephone by Scott Solter.
Strings, Field recording, Nylon guitar, back ground vocals, Produced and Recorded @ Tiny Telephone by Scott Solter
Written by: Brad Brooks (Mouth Magic Music BMI)

Discography

Spill Collateral Love (2007) Mouth Magic Music
Sanctified Into Astroglide (2001) Mouth Magic Music
Pollo Elastico "Bantams" 1988-90 (2006)

Set List

Can do 90 minutes of originals with the odd cover gem.

Manic Tourist in Sway
Hit Me Like A Smile
Katrina Is A Bitch
Velvet Flu
Lathered In Cream
Sonic Twins
Love On My Sleeve
Ex-Stripper Librarian
Loon Of Altitude
Francis Of Alaska
Second Only to Nature
Luxurious Latitude
Mildred Cross
Saturn Explodes