Bradley Dean
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Bradley Dean

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"Sometimes it's hard to imagine what rock & roll must be like in New York City with three-quarters of the Ramones passed on and CBGB's just a memory, but the first album from the Visitors suggests some things never change in the City That Never Sleeps -- there are still old-school punk bands belting out two-and-a-half minute tunes about girls, hanging out and various stuff that bugs them over chugging guitar riffs and no-frills melodic hooks, and the Visitors are one such combo. While first-era Gotham noisemakers the Ramones, the Dead Boys and the Heartbreakers are obvious points of inspiration, the Visitors manage to put the collected parts together in a way that gives them a personality of their own, and they have the snazz to pull it off. Bradley's chunky meat-and-potatoes guitar runs get the job done with style and swagger, bassist Brian offers high-attitude vocals while holding down the bottom end, and Danny's breakneck drumming is solid while keeping up with the amplified chaos surrounding him. Fold in songs like "Clean and Civilized," "I Don't Belong," "Don't Wait for Me" and "TV Blues" that cover contemporary urban life with street smarts and plenty of piss and vinegar, and you get a half-hour of high quality rock & roll that not only honors its influences but makes some serious noise of its own. And the Visitors even score additional cool points with a righteous cover of Roky Erickson's "I Walked with a Zombie" - folks, stuff like this is why New York is still the Greatest City In The World. Give it a spin." - Mark Deming, All-Music Guide - All Music Guide


"Brian Wilson Shock Treatment meets The Labor Party meets The Standells? No, even better than that! They're tight musically, good production - hey, it's a hit! Great rock 'n' roll record! Lots of 1960's influences, but the same as The Ramones and Dictators (The Hollies, The Who, The Kinks, The Standells, etc.)."

-John Holmstrom, Punk Magazine - PUNK Magazine


"The Visitors aren't here to recreate a thin sliver of their record collection. They're not even here blend bits and pieces of their favorite obscurities to win over the garage-bound train-spotters ("It's like The Chocolate Watchband meets The Trashmen!"). The Visitors gleefully muddies the waters, jacking noisy, grimy rock'n'roll from all points between the garage and CBGB's. And while the band's destroying the sterility maintained by garage rock's gate-keeping elite, it's busy indulging the sort of weird-assed streak you'd expect from a lost Ramones tune: Topic matter strays from cheerfully bemoaning daytime television ("TV Blues") to happily bemoaning psychotherapy ("Happy Again") to messing with a Roky Erikson cut about the undead ("I Walked with a Zombie")... It's the sound of a band picking up guitars and banging out the first thing that came out. Full of soul, crammed with an irrepressible, almost innocent glee, The Visitors is the antithesis to the buttoned-down world of garage rock rules. Wrecking authenticity and bastardizing a slew of rock'n'roll formulas is rarely so much fun."

-Matt Schild, Aversion.com - Aversion


Discography

The Visitors- S/T (Eschatone Records, 2007 LP)
Bradley Dean- 2008 EP (Self-released)

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In 2002, at the age of 18, Bradley Dean was handpicked by The Ramones artistic director, Arturo Vega, to perform during a birthday tribute to Joey Ramone at the legendary CBGBs. Having heard a song written and performed by Dean on a 4-track cassette recorder, Vega remarked that of the hundreds he had heard, Dean’s was among the best-written songs. That night, Dean played alongside punk rock legends The Misfits as well as surviving members of The Ramones.

Taking great encouragement by this accomplishment, Dean saved his pennies and threw himself into the vast underbelly of New York City. He quickly formed a band, The Visitors, and recorded an independent album for Eschatone Records. The Visitors took their sound on the road, completing East and West coast tours. The band’s album and chaotic live shows earned them favorable reviews around the country, some of which include:

• “…hey, it's a hit! Great rock 'n' roll record!” -John Holmstrom, PUNK Magazine
• “…folks, stuff like this is why New York is still the Greatest City In The World. Give it a spin. Bradley's chunky meat-and-potatoes guitar runs get the job done with style and swagger…” –Mark Deming, All-Music Guide
• “Full of soul, crammed with an irrepressible, almost innocent glee, The Visitors is the antithesis to the buttoned-down world of garage rock rules. Wrecking authenticity and bastardizing a slew of rock'n'roll formulas is rarely so much fun.” –Aversion.com

Now, six years later, Dean has returned to the original method of his early recordings, with improved technology and sound quality. Drawing from a vast pool of influences including: Leadbelly, Jimmy Reed, Bob Dylan, The Clash, The Pogues, Neil Young, 1960s Motown and Paul Westerberg. Dean blends his punk rock background with his love for early blues and folk and performs regularly around New York City, with plans to tour in the near future.