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"Local Man's new album: Devil's Rope"

Local man’s new album: 'Devil's Rope'
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September 25, 2008 - 12:37PM
By Danee Garone
Special to the Ahwatukee Foothills News
Tour manager turned musician, Eric Malmstrom, is back in the saddle again with his new album Devil's Rope.

Eric Malmstrom, or E of Bretheren Sol as he is now known in the music world, is an Ahwatukee Foothills resident and father of two.

After 15 years on the road as a tour manager with such bands as The Gin Blossoms and Los Angeles-based alt-rockers Fishbone, Malmstrom suddenly found himself with plenty of free time while recovering from two herniated discs pressing up against his spinal chord.

It was while recovering that Malmstrom began work on his new album. He wrote about 30 songs while recovering and narrowed it down to 12 for Devil's Rope.

"It's growing legs beyond my wildest dreams because I just thought I was making demos," Malmstrom said. "Look man, this is cool."

Bretheren Sol's first demo was a blend of acoustic Americana, outlaw country and indie pop. The new album combines these elements into a Southwest Americana sound that induces images of riding down a lonely, two-lane desert highway.

Despite the specific area the genre seems to cater to, Bretheren Sol has been picked up by three Internet radio stations via Myspace: one in Belgium, one in Scotland, and one in Texas.

The band has the opening slot at Edgefest Sept. 27 and Malmstrom hopes to nail some playing time at other big events in the future.

"The idea is to do a couple of festivals and go back to my promoter buddies and hopefully get me some more big gigs and slingshot into South by Southwest next year, which kind of bona fides you," he said.

Devil's Rope is now available for purchase on iTunes and at

The local band consists of three primary members: Gary Smith on drums, Scott Andrews on bass guitar and E himself on lead guitars and vocals.

From his home studio, Malmstrom recorded the entire album himself.

"I think outside the box," he said. "I don't like to be put in a box. I had a lot of fun being outside the box touring. Being in the box for a nine-to-five job for me is not really kind of the equation."

Although the album hits on some political nerves such as in the track "Rescue Me," with regard to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the album really embodies the old American dream of picking up and heading out West.

"Devil's Rope is a term for a barb-wire fence," he said. "A hundred years ago there were no fences, just go West. Now it's parceled and sold and developed and that idea, that dream, that Americana dream is kind of slipping away."

- Ahwatukee Foothill News

"Rootstime CD review of Devil's Rope"

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"Sol Power"

Despite being in the musical world for over two decades, it was a year of convalescence and getting used to a titanium plate in his spine that set Ahwatukee Foothills resident Eric Malmstrom on his current path.

“I spent 15 years on the road as tour manager for other groups,” he said. “As time went on I started feeling older and weaker; turns out I had 2 herniated discs pressing up against my spinal chord.”

Six wooden screws later, Malmstrom - who records under the moniker “Bretheren Sol” - found himself with a guitar and time to kill.

“It all came about during a period where I was hurt and laid out for a year,” he said. “Then I got better and it all came together.”

Indeed it did: the Bretheren Sol demo, called Devil’s Rope, is a fantastic blend of acoustic Americana, outlaw country and indie pop. The record, named after a slang term for barbed wire, is starting to generate buzz in alt-country circles.

“Danny Goldberg from Gold Village Entertainment in New York is shopping my CD around,” Malmstrom said.

Goldberg is no small fry: he founded and ran Artemis Records until 2004, turning it into the No. 1 U.S. label of independent music along the way. From 1994 to 1998, he ran Mercury Records, which was the No. 1 U.S. label group in terms of market share in 1998.

A drink and a church

Malmstrom, before becoming Bretheren Sol, was motivated to get into the music business by a simple desire: free beer.

“I was a musician that loved to go and see bands, and I hated spending money I didn’t have,” Malmstrom laughed. “I figured the best way to get myself free drinks was either to be a bartender or by being the production guy.”

It worked well, and got Malmstrom much more than gratis suds. His talent had him tinkering with the likes of Glen Campbell's band and Waylon Jennings remixes at the beginning of his career.

“The week I started engineering was the week after Waylon had recorded, and the place still smelled like his cologne,” Malmstrom said of his start in 1988. “People were freaking out, but I didn’t know much about him. But that was my introduction to the Arizona country kind of sound.”

Malmstrom would go on to manage the tours and stage shows of groups including Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, the Sneaker Pimps and the Gin Blossoms. He formed a lasting friendship with the members of Los Angeles-based alt-rockers Fishbone.

It was Fishbone’s bassist, in fact, that insisted Malmstrom get Devil’s Rope into the hands of record company execs.

“He said, 'Get that out! Get that out now! I’m a black man listening to country music; you have to get that out there!’” Malmstrom laughed.

The record is one firmly rooted in the American Southwest, telling tales of Sonoran intrigue and desert dwelling.

“I’ve always been involved in this Native American, Southwest style,” he explained. “I love it. Sonoran living is different from other places. It’s a place where you forget winter and are afraid of summer.”

It’s been a long, strange musical journey for Bretheren Sol, touching on multiple genres for a variety of big-name acts. But the part of Malmstrom that initially just wanted complimentary beer will always be around.

“I’m just an old punk rocker gone south of the border, looking for a drink and a church,” he said.

Jason Ludwig can be reached at (480) 898-7916 or
- Ahwatukee Foothill News

"Cd review of Devil's Rope" CD review of Devil's Rope
December 8,2008
Sure, much singer-songwriter boils down to little more than guitar and dude singing - though that can be an awarding experience in the hands of the right artist. But Bretheren Sol captures eclecticism through folksy flavors, southwestern/south-of-the-border aesthetics, classic rock vibes, subtle alt-rock, heartfelt white boy soul-country and more. Some songs are more plugged-in than others, but the songwriting is always at the center. Stoned without being stoner rock, instrospective, tinged by melancholy, thoughtful and touching, Bretheren Sol hits the bulls-eye with "Devil's Rope."


"Phoenix Local Music Magazine"

Edgefest '08
Posted by Boner on October 2, 2008 at 4:43pm
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This year the concert was being held in BFE, otherwise known as Queen Creek I assume to give it a new feel. The last few Edgefest's really were not that good, same acts as the years before but this year they completely outdid themselves! The lineup included classic acts like Pennywise, NOFX, Rise Against, Atmosphere among many others. It also brought new bands like the Kooks, Flobots, Mickey Avalon (who stumbled all over the stage with his pants falling down half the time). Regardless, my biggest surprise was that the Local Stage was packed for all of the day, which was awesome with great sets by Captain Squegee, Friday Night Fights, Bretheren Sol to name a few. I went there to promote Phoenix Local music itself and people all seemed to be excited for the opportunity to come to one place to find an outlet for great Local Music. It was a scorcher but it did not seem to matter because everyone was enjoying the great scene Phoenix (Queen Creek) put out there and hopefully can be a good kick off for good edgefest's to come. And by the way, the implemented the bring back 10 empty bottles of water and get one free it was genius. As apposed to bottles everywhere, they had a tent just for the empty's.
But they also had a "artwalk" this year, well they said they were going to. They had maybe a 30' X 10' area set aside for the artists that came out to show off their painting and grafetti skills. It's really not enough, but at least they are implementing the art into it this year. Regardless to see some of the pics from the show check out the Edge's pic's! Enjoy! - Phoenix Local Music Magazine


Bretheren Sol -Devil's Rope 2008
The Edge 103.9 fm airplay "Stuck In The Middle" streams the whole record (Belgium) streams
Celtic Music Radio(Glasgow) airplay



*"Across The Desert" Voted "Song Of The Year" at
Hossey Music Awards
*2nd place Gary Allen's JJ CAlE CDB Music City Beat Nashville Songwriting Contest
*Los Angeles, CA – Look out for the 2008 late summer release “Devil's Rope” featuring the controversial radio hit “Rescue Me (Dear Mr. President)” by Southwest Americana artist Bretheren Sol. The new album demonstrates how this artist’s music embraces an eclectic mix of folk rock, country, country rock and alt-country flavors. One common aspect of all of Bretheren Sol’s songs is head-bobbing grooves and catchy hooks and instantly loveable rustic melodies.
“Rescue Me (Dear Mr. President)” is the sort of politically charged folk rock of which Bob Dylan would be proud. Quiet-spoken but unapologetically frank, “Rescue Me” addresses governmental ills with a direct message to the Commander in Chief. Musically, the song culls heavily from the counterculture folk rock tradition of decades past but presents these influences with contemporary artistic relevance. The video is available for viewing on YouTube and has received over 20,000 plays pre election.
The album title “Devil’s Rope” is a slang term referring to barb wire employed in border fences, the parceling out of the western frontier, “One hundred years ago there were no fences, only open range, hence the ‘wild, wild west,’ western expansion, part of the original American dream,” explains E. “ ‘Rescue Me’ is just one piece of ‘Devil’s Rope’s’ diverse social commentary mixing issues (today’s blues) with Southwest Americana and folklore.”
Bretheren Sol’s music has been described as “a Chillin' SW Americana journey with lyrics and songs as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon itself. ” After all, Bretheren Sol's backyard is the Sonora Desert. The music is a hot mirage of red rock and water, cactus and blacktop, gunfights and folklore. Dreams of cool Mexican beaches and cantinas full of brown eyes, tequila and beer. Slip away from Americano politics gone wrong into a drunken haze. Bretheren Sol Devil’s Rope is a diverse piece of social commentary mixing issues with folklore and marking the Sonoran way of life – simply put, “Sonoran outlaws.” This is the cauldron for which this left-handed musical journeyman exists.
All of Bretheren Sol’s music is produced, engineered, written and performed by Eric Malmstrom aka “E” with veterans Gary Smith on drums, Scott Andrews on bass. He has earned platinum records as a mixer, including No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” and Gin Blossoms’ “New Miserable Experience.” Eric Malmstrom has toured for a decade-and-a-half and now he is applying his experience to his own music. More information is available by visiting,, Electronic Press kit at http://www.sonicbids/bretherensol