Brea

Brea

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“…it seems like the band has already made it in the music business.” Stuart Thornton of The Monterey County Weekly

Biography

Upon meeting with and interviewing Brea, Stuart Thornton of “The Monterey County Weekly”, says of the band, “it seems like the band has already made it in the music business.”

This is funny because Brea’s members, Leia Layus (Vocals), Scott Schulze (Guitar), Josh White (Guitar), Hollis Browne (Drums), and Scott Leahy (Bass) feel their journey has only just begun. In early 2003 Brea started off as a high school band amongst friends in Morgan Hill, CA with White and Brain Filice (original drummer) spearheading the endeavor and with Schulze sitting in on early jam sessions and collaborations. But in the summer of 2003 was when Brea really gained a “voice” with the addition of singer Leia Layus who help solidify and define Brea’s sound and direction. What had originally started off as a post-hardcore, metal, jam and high school band merged into a new and innovative independent rock band with a unique fusion of indie rock and pop with a hard-driving tinge. There really is a sound for everyone within Brea’s musical makeup. The themes and content of Brea’s lyrics touch on issues that people of all ages can relate to. Brea seemed to appear out of nowhere yet has already established a strong foundation.

The Brea band members have a strong commitment to Brea and an amazing work ethic and drive. From Northern California to Southern California (29 Palms, Hollywood, San Francisco and Monterey) the band-mates convene every weekend in Morgan Hill (Brea’s birthplace) to perform, rehearse, write, record and work on defining their music. The band has been working vigorously to solidify their sound and to build their fan base by performing frequently throughout California. This has led to many opportunities for this hard working ensemble. Brea has performed at some of the biggest shows and venues in California ranging from The NAMM show to the AMA Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway to the Sleeptrain Ampitheater in Marysville, CA. They have also played in some of Northern California's most established clubs such as Slims in San Francisco and The Saddlerack in Fremont. Brea has been on the same bill with some highly recognizable acts such as Epic Records own Augustana, Rx Bandits, The Aggrolites, Portugal the Man, The Velvet Teen, Melee, Sherwood, Rob Zombie and Godsmack plus many more.

Nearly two years after Brea was formed, the band released their EP, "The Immense Design of Things." Polo Jones (Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton) produced the EP and appearing on it are Jimmy DeGrasso, former drummer of Megadeath and violinist Anton Patzner (Bright Eyes, Audrye Sessions). More proof of Brea’s appearance of being more established than its years might suggest.

Currently, Brea is writing new material for their first full-length album, which is due to be released next fall. Fans are able to hear the new songs being tested and fine-tuned at Brea’s live performances. At times the band is so in sync it sounds as if it were a single musical instrument with complex breadth and depth; but then one of the individual instruments will rise above the others and catch your attention and remind you they truly are a five-piece rock band.
The songs are so fresh and full of energy; yet the listener feels so comfortable with the songs, as if they have been listening to them for years. Embracing their sound and determined for their music to reach the masses, Brea's journey seems to be on a very strong path.

Lyrics

Bitter Sweet

Written By: Brea

His silence haloed over his head. Filling the air with calmness. So I cried. The world's spinning so fast we don't recognize ourselves. But I've found myself in you, in me. Searching for something more than what I am. I push you hard. Push you harder, till I fall. I let you think that I'm still careless, still fleeting. Too careful, too calculated. I'm making things more complicated. I'm trying hard to live up to what you think I am. Pretending to be stronger than this.

Old Haunts

Written By: Leia Layus

Memory lapses and falling so eloquently
Singing his song so he can live on his stories
Trying to hold on to bring back past self to memory
Preserving the past because of his sense of foreboding

Well maybe Mauntauk don’t exit
So I let it go, I let it go

Now lately his eyes have been lacking in luster here
This pale face a soulless expression is seemingly rare
But you find salvation in the haze and mine between sheets
This fall from the divine and getting back are hardly discreet

Well maybe Mauntauk don’t exist,
Except where your vices meet my vice
I’m forgetting to begin
To let it go

But these Old Haunts remind me to play fast and loose
With the lives and the hearts that I own
And these youthful dreams they just dissipate
Living between the lines of that which I’ve grown

Lately his eyes have been lacking in luster here

Well maybe Mauntauk don’t exist,
Except where your vices meet my vice
I’m forgetting to begin
To let it go

But these Old Haunts remind me to play fast and loose
With the lives and the hearts that I own
And these youthful dreams they just dissipate
Living between the lines of that which I’ve grown

This face in front of me
It’s getting stranger now
And these tactless lines
They create the sound

But these Old Haunts remind me to play fast and loose
With the lives and the hearts that I own
And these youthful dreams they just dissipate
Living between the lines of that which I’ve grown

Cocaine Wedding

Written By: Leia Layus

I feel alive, for the first time I open my eyes
And I feel the anger, I feel the cries
The backlash of constructs that’s made up of lies
Oversized sunglasses to shade our sight
These pill-popping clutches won’t put up a fight
Now I cannot breathe

‘Cause we built these glass houses
Built these glass houses ourselves
Yeah we built these glass houses
Built these glass houses

Life is but a dream
Snap out of dream and to reality
‘cause everything beautiful is falling apart
and that’s beautiful to me
Beware cocaine candied lips singing sin
This greenhouse grows hotter the walls closing in
Now I cannot breathe

‘Cause we built these glass houses
Built these glass houses ourselves
Yeah we built these glass houses
Built these glass houses

Now this cold ruish
It washes over me
Each fracture each line
Helps to see more clearly
Now I’m speaking in a Language
That’s finally my own
Cracking under pressure
There’s room where I’m going
So open your eyes and feel the anger
And feel the cries

‘Cause we built these glass houses
Built these glass houses ourselves
Yeah we built these glass houses
Built these glass houses

Discography

Currently: Brea is working on their new full length album, which is due in fall of 2008.

2006 Demo
Tracks:
1. Cocaine Wedding*
2 Old Haunts*
3. Time After Time* (Cover)
4. Quick Fix

2005 EP "The Immense Design of Things"
Tracks:
1. Hold On
2. 65 Minutes to Freedom
3. Quick Fix
4. Bitter Sweet*
5. Swim in the Sky
6. So Long to Streetlight

* are songs that are streaming in the sonicbids media player.
www.myspace.com/brea

Set List

30 to 60 minute set

Covers:
Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
Bring on the Night by The Police