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Brews Willis

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Brews Willis - "Great Energy" [Music Video]"

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The Skinny: Don't let the name fool you. The boys of Brews Willis aren't just another clever play on words band. The hard-working, hard-partying best friends have spent the last year showing audiences that their talent, alongside their witty, tongue-in-cheek attitude can win over any audience. Their debut LP, Nerped by a Zircon, released in July 2012, was recorded/mixed by Ben Cook of Fucked Up & Young Guv. In 2013 they followed up with album Great Energy, recorded/mixed at Candle Studios by Josh Korody (Beliefs). Their new video for single "Great Energy" features the band in their practice space basement playing video games, eating fast food & getting high...really high while losing track of time, space and reality. This year they have their third album Party's Over planned and are excited to be recording in LA for a few weeks at MiX LA where Rise Against is currently there recording their new album. - Pure Grain Audio

"Watch: Brews Willis “Great Energy”"

Toronto surf rockers Brews Willis have released a brand spankin’ new video for their single “Great Energy,” and the title says it all. It’s a beer crushin’, bong hittin’, burger eatin’ bonanza and it’s arrived just ahead of some much needed sunny weather! Check out “Great Energy” below.

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"Nadia Elkharadly: Great New Music"

I recently received some flack, and a lot of attention for a very ranty column I wrote. One thing that struck me as funny is one particular piece of criticism that I received: one commentor asked why I would choose to focus on music I didn’t like, rather than seek out cool new music that I could grow to love? It’s always fun when people make assumptions about you without knowing you, since finding and talking about new music is my raison d’etre! So I figured for this column, I would share some new and amazing music that I’ve recently come across, or have loved for a while, with all of you!


Brews Willis

Do you like fun loving, kinda raunchy music that dosen’t take itself too seriously? Then Brews Willis is for you. Their latest video blends Tokyo Police Club with a little Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and even a little Weezer to boot. It’s music for people who are sick of bands that have no sense of humour, who want to drink, dance and just plain rock out. Check out their boundary breaking video here and let loose, for a couple of minutes at least.

[Music Video: Great Energy embedded] - SEGARINI: DON'T BELIEVE A WORD I SAY

"Brews Willis Silver Dollar Room, Toronto, ON, March 19"

By Ian Gormely
Brews Willis hit the stage like a band with nothing to prove. This was, after all, their hometown and they'd just released a brand-spanking new EP on top of a still-hot-out-of-the-oven debut album that lead singer/guitarist Ross Carvelli handed out to audience members between songs. They opened with the appropriately snotty "Hell No Fuck You," setting the tone for their set. Playing surf-inflected pop punk with titles like "Big Fat Tits Veronica," the trio sounded like a long-lost member of the Lookout Records roster. Yet their nonplussed demeanour stood in contrast to the lyrical content of the material that sounded far more energetic than the band appeared. Brews Willis played well to a receptive audience, but it would have been nice to see a little more enthusiasm from both sides. - Exclaim Magazine


It’s impossible to choose what I love most about week-long music festivals. Reconnecting with out of town friends, seeing your favourite bands in small sweaty clubs, partying until the early morning, and discovering a new favourite band are all great aspects of music festivals. Canadian Music Fest kicks off Tuesday March 19 and the music and good times won’t stop until Sunday evening.

The hardest part of a festival this size is creating a schedule that involves seeing the new hype bands, old favourites and of course, the attending the parties.

Here is the schedule I will attempt to follow but can guarantee I don’t stick to.

Tuesday I’m going to slowly ease into the festival by seeing Jeremy Fisher at the Dakota Tavern and then Brews Willis at the Silver Dollar at 11. I don’t want to get too crazy on night one. The name of the game here is pacing.

Wednesday things start to heat up a bit. Nevado Records signee Megan Bonnell is playing at the Marriot at 7:30. Afterwards a leisurely stroll down to the Mod Club for 10pm to see Glasgow synth-pop band Chvches followed by Sticky Magazine’s showcase at the Rivolii featuring Revelstoke and Leif Vollebek.

Thursday is the night of copious drinking, high-fives and hugs. To open the evening I want to check out “No Room For Rockstars” a documentary on the Warped Tour which is playing at the Underground Cinema. After this the night gets a little insane. The Strumbellas at the Horseshoe Tavern (9:20) followed by Poor Young Things (10) is a winning combination. A few doors down, also at 10, the Zolas are playing at The Rivoli. I’m not sure how to split myself in two pieces and watch both but science has a couple weeks to figure it out before the festival begins. Next is a cab ride down Queen West to the Great Hall to watch the Darcys at 11 open for Wildlife at midnight. There is a lot happening on Thursday night but this is my “can’t miss” show. If I can still keep my eyes open Ben Caplan hits the Horseshoe stage at 1:30.

The Indie awards are Friday at the Kool Haus and after the fun I had last year (despite the worst cold I’ve had in a decade) I refuse to miss it. Performances by Metric, Yukon Blonde and The Wooden Sky are only the tip of the iceberg. If you can get tickets to this or can successfully bribe someone to sneak you in, do it. There are some great shows happening elsewhere which I might sneak out to see: Hamilton’s dynamic badass rockers Young Rival at the Horseshoe at 10 and Paper Maps and Winnipeg band Boats on at 11 and 12 respectively at Rancho Relaxo.

Saturday starts off at 159 Manning St. where we (Last Frame Pictures) along with Heather Kelly (MUSI Artist Management) and Kate Snack (LFP writer among many other things) are throwing an amazing party from 4-8. Bands and sponsors will be announced very shortly so stay tuned. After that Nick Cave at Massey Hall, BadbadNotGood at the Horseshoe, the Snips at Hardluck, Shout Out Out Out back at the Horseshoe and my new favourite band the Dirty Nil will keep me running around like a maniac for the entire night. The Dirty Nil take the stage at 2:30 and thanks to the 4am last call rule in effect this is sure to be a night I love and won’t not remember.

To finish the festival off The Mark Inside play Sunday evening and if I can still stand I will be there.

The fun thing about Canadian Music Week is that despite this seemingly jammed schedule somehow I am sure to stumble on a band either very early or very late in the evening at a random bar and fall in love. The passes are so inexpensive for the amount of music to be heard/seen and fun to be had. So go out, see some random shows, meet some random people and have one hell of a week! - Last Frame Pictures

"CMW 2013 – Night 1: Brews Willis, Peter Katz, Cousin, J.P. Maurice, Vaudeville Smash + More"

The night followed with sets from the likes of Brews Willis, Peter Katz and Vaudeville Smash at both the El Mocambo and The Silver Dollar.

Photos & Soundcloud - Aesthetic Magazine

"Brews Willis "Sweaty Hands""

By Kristen Kerstner
Toronto based surf-tinged rockers Brews Willis are gearing up for the release of their upcoming Great Energy EP by teasing fans with a steady stream of track releases. As we work our way up to their official March 27 release date, the trio will be releasing tracks bi-weekly for a limited time download starting with their first track, "Sweaty Hands," right here on Don't put this off: a week after the last release, all the tracks will be taken down again until March 27.

Sticking to the Brews Willis style, "Sweaty Hands" has a summery, beach-ready feel, complete with vocal "oohs" and "ahhs" in the background and a clapping drum beat. People with a soft spot for uptempo, feel-good vibes will definitely be a fan of this playful new track.

Brews Willis will be playing in Toronto next month as part of Canadian Music Week, but in the meantime, get your limited-time preview of "Sweaty Hands," below, and stay tuned to the Brews Willis Soundcloud for the rest of the upcoming releases, starting Saturday (March 2). - Exclaim Magazine

"Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2012"

Brews Willis – “Ride the Island Baby” {Surf Rock}

With party-in-the-sun vibes and a band name that could possibly surpass Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, this Toronto-based band is definitely one to keep your ears out for in the future. This is actually the first music video the group has ever released, and the track is off their new EP Nerped By a Zircon. To purchase the EP or $9.90 via iTunes click here. - Rex Manning Day Blog


You like piñatas. You like burgers. You like fun party rockers Brews Willis.

You will like this episode of Rain’s World.

Now, to get that dry burger taste out of your mouth- and to make you nostalgic for the island and summertime and beach parties- here is the Brews Willis track “Ride the Island Baby” from their album Nerped By A Zircon. (Toronto residents, keep your eyes open for some familiar summertime sights!) -

"Brews Willis @ Parts & Labour"

Holy shit, Parts & Labour moved their shit around and it's the SHIT!

I haven't been there in a while because it started to be an irritating place to visit, but with the bar on the other side of the venue and NO MORE MIDDLE TABLES blocking the way to the stage it's improved by about a zillion awesome points.

I only stayed for Brews Willis last night, and some of the highlights include:
Tiny fart sound in mic, something I would have done when awkward on stage.

A song about big fat titties, and the demand for titties at the front for it
Oh yeah, and ALL THE SONGS THEY PLAYED = biggest highlight.

They reminded me a lot of The Ergs on surf boards with HUGE boners.
I'm not sure why they have boners exactly, maybe that's my metaphorical boner that I'm inducing into the picture. Not that I have a penis, but if at all physically possible I did have a boner last night. Boob boners maybe? Or ear boners... which is likely to have caused my eargasm (drip drip drop there goes an eargasm - Outkast).

Whatever the case may be I totally Lonely Island'ddd last night watching them.

(Lonely Island = Jizz In My Pants FYI, not sure why I couldn't just say I jizzed in my pants, hey maybe I have some class after all?)

I could have and WOULD have watched them play that same set over two more times instead of even having other bands on the bill. It would have been like watching the first 3 Die Hards, only with nobody dying and the only thing hard is....

Well I think that's obvious by now.

I didn't make this. Thank you google image! Whoever did this... don't sue.

Oh yeah, the bassist was my favourite. I wish I could play bass! Somebody teach me!

I'm Sarah. I do what I want. - Music She Blogged

"Upcoming Gig: Brews Willis to Play Parts & Labour this Thursday!"

Do you think summer is rad? Do you wear beaters or tank tops even in a cold January blizzard because your hoping it will somehow turn into summer?
That last question was probably a bit too extreme but regardless… What Canadian doesn’t love booze, babes and sun? Toronto’s Brews Willis are going to be playing a show at Parts & Labour on Thursday night and you should definitely be there to see them rock the hell out of the end of summer!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Brews Willis then you can watch their recently released music video for their single “Ride The Island Baby” below: - Beyond The Watch

"Brews Willis - New Video"

Brews Willis have released the cheeky video for their track Ride The Island Baby from the EP Nerped By A Zircon. Perfect vid too for the surf-esque trio who are booked to play Wakestock along with Classified, Monster Truck and Yukon Blonde. The band will tour central Canada and the United States after. - Northumberland News

"BREWS WILLIS Release New Surfer Trash Album Nerped By A Zircon!"

Toronto, Ontario surfer thrash band Brews Willis has just released the album Nerped by a Zircon. The band has played at festivals such as NxNE and Wakestock. They’ve also just released a new music video for the song “Ride the Island Baby.” Check out the Brews Willis website for more information on the band and album. And check out the music video streaming on youtube below. - Revolution Music

"Brews Willis Release New Video “Ride The Island Baby”"

Lo-fi Canadian surf rockers Brews Willis just released a radical new video to their track “Ride the Island Baby”.

This video defines what a great summer day should be like. If you’re not having this much fun, you are just not doing it right.

Rock on boys, this music video says it all: Canadian’s know how to live it up in the summer heat! - Stampede 6


Here’s one for the surfers and skaters. With tracks such as “Where the Sharks Swim” and “Ride the Island Baby,” Brews Willis’s Nerped By A Zircon is a perfect mix of vintage surf rock and skater punk straight from the beach. While a ’60s influence is evident throughout the album’s sound, the lyrics reflect the band’s punk attitude with themes of summer and girls. The album cover is the ultimate cherry on top — a zombied-out Bruce Willis smoking and drinking Pabst. After listening to the album, you’ll only regret that you’re not laying on a beach on a beautiful summer day. - CKUT 93.5 FM

"Making good on their promise to “party and smash some PBRs on the beach.”"

Brews Willis have assembled a sun-soaked music video for ‘Ride the Island Baby’, a jangly, surf-rock tune off their latest EP, Nerped By A Zircon. The video, which features plenty of summertime hijinks, girls in bikinis and warm and fuzzy shots of Toronto Island, is the band’s first shot at a music video, and the results are fantastic!

‘Ride The Island Baby’ gives Brews Willis a chance to show off their ‘party-in-the-sun’ vibe just in time to kick off a tour in support of Nerped By A Zircon.

Beginning in late-August, the band will soak up the last of the summer sunshine as they tour central Canada and the United States. At the top of Brews Willis’ touring schedule will be WAKESTOCK on August 11th. The perfect kind of day for the likes of Brews Willis, they’ll join a stellar lineup of party-goers that includes Yelawolf, Yukon Blonde, Monster Truck, Awol Nation, Classified, and more!

There’s plenty more on the horizon for Brews Willis. In addition to their tour, the band are hard at work on songs for a follow-up to Nerped By A Zircon, and planning their next trip to the Island. Check out ‘Ride The Island Baby’ today and join the party! -

"Brews Willis, the band not Bruce's underage drunk daughter!"

For those of you who don't know me / are reading this site for the first time, there are few things I love more than the following:

- Bruce Willis (Armageddon is my FAV movie... if it weren't for B Wills we'd all be dead.)

- Boners (both talking about them and physically enjoying them)

- Sharks (I live every week like it's shark week)

- Swearing (because otherwise I'd have a vocabulary of only 4 words: "I have to poop" ...and doesn't "I have to fucking poop" or "I fucking have to poop" sound so much cooler?)

- Tits (hey, I'm female and straight but that doesn't mean I don't think breasts are the tits!)

- Jokes (ex: "Skate or Dad Mom" - Brews Willis)

- Puns (ex: "Thy King of Brewslehem" - Brews Willis)

- Sexual innuendos ("Go Faster Not Deeper" - Brews Willis)

- Punk Rock (duh)

- Surf tunes (double duh)

That said, it shouldn't be a shock to anybody out there that I FUCKING love Brews Willis and their awesome FUCKING album Nerped By a Zircon.
It's 10 tracks of literally everything I love, written into tight, catchy, surf-capable, gritty punk rock music.
In fact, this band is so far up my alley that they just ran into Sylvester Stallone and called it Paradise.

With that terrible fucking joke I leave you with:
A) TITS ( . )( . ) annnnd ( > )( > )

So please forget all of the terribly dumb things I have said in this post and just listen to the band, h'okay?

I'm Sarah. I do what I want. - Music She Blogged

"Brews Willis “Ride the Island Baby”"

This first video from Brews Willis makes you want to get outside, make bad decisions and party all day long. Aside from the song being catchy as hell, the video is aesthetically pleasing. With the Toronto skyline and CN Tower periodically shining in the background, hot girls in short shorts and beer, this video could definitely be dubbed the ‘summer anthem’ for young Torontonians.

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- Plaid Magazine

"Brews Willis - "Ride the Island Baby" [Music Video]"

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The Skinny: Brews Willis have just released the beach themed music video for their song "Ride the Island Baby." The song is a jangly, surf rock song off of their EP Nerped by a Zircon and the video features lots of summertime flavour and lots of girls in bikinis along with some shots of Toronto Island. Beginning in late August, Brews Willis will be going out on tour Central Canada and the U.S. and the band is already hard at work on songs for a follow-up record. - Pure Grain Audio

"Brews Willis: Ride The Island Baby [Music Video]"

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Video: Ride The Island Baby
Artist: Brews Willis
Album: Nerped By A Zircon

Brews Willis: Band Page - Hail The Hero

"Interview: Brews Willis"

Band members Ross Carvelli, Pare Bruce, and Sam Friendo take the stage at Divan Orange against a giant vinyl backdrop. It says “Brews Willis” in hairy monster font; there’s a bloodshot eyeball punctuating the ‘i’. They begin the set with the song “Big Fat Tits Veronica.” “I feel this is a song everyone can relate to,” Ross says to the audience.

The band mates exude a special brand of day-drunk nonchalance. It pairs perfectly with their unshaven faces and unbuttoned shirts. Sam wears monstrously ugly tie dye. Ross’s muscle T is screen printed in lime green. He sports a thin, fuzzy mustache. Was it purposefully groomed to be creepy, or was he unable to grow a beard? Their sandy-surfer looks reveal a charming lack of concern for their image or future big break. “We just get drunk and have fun.”

The band hits the final chord and all reach for their beer bottles. “This next track is called ‘Go Faster, Not Deeper,’” Ross says into the mic. “I don’t really know what that’s about…”

“Probably about nothing,” Sam responds happily, “like most of our songs.”

Despite the band’s self-depreciation, they deliver a wildly energetic, musically mature show. They have tight riffs and intricate dancy rhythms. Their clean guitars and ticking hi-hats are impossibly fun. Oscillating between heavy cymbal crashing and beachy blues, the guys completely outperform their surfer /stoner charade. Although the bar crowd had thinned between sets, as soon as Bruce Willis took the stage, we were all pulled off our barstools and into the dance floor. They perform with a childlike joy and clumsy charm. Laughing along with their onstage banter, it’s easy to imagine their first band practices as high schoolers: “We were just drinking beers and playing music in a garage. Then it started sounding good, and people actually liked it, so now we’re actually touring and taking things more seriously.”

“We’re really inspired by that bratty punk shit. Like The Growlers,” says Sam. “It’s a music style that sounded obtainable.”

Their song lyrics are inspired by real life comic gems. Ross explains the story behind the title “Sunburned Boner Boy” although he warns, “You’re sure you want to hear it?”

“A friend of mine was in Costa Rica at a bar, and he meets this girl…They go to the beach, and you know, they’re doing their thing…” (*suggestive eyebrow raising*) “And a thief comes out of the bushes and steals the girl’s purse. So he, being the gentleman, jumps up and starts chasing the thief down the beach – fully erect.”

“So we wrote a song about him,” says Pare.

The band has enjoyed recent buzz with the arrest of Scout Willis, the daughter of Bruce and Demi. She’s been charged a misdemeanor for underage drinking.

“On Twitter they’ve dubbed her ‘Brews Willis,’” Ross says.

“Apparently she’s a huge sheener,” says Pare.

“It’s been great for us,” says Sam.

While Ross and Pare have known each other since high school, Sam joined the group recently.

“We hired him for his looks,” admits Ross.

“He’s a turbo babe. We needed him to play bass,” says Pare.

“They taught me everything I know,” Sam nods.

The band mates have a particular vernacular. Developed over years of friendship and months on tour (“We’re not really friends, we just sleep in the same beds.”) their vocab is delightfully catchy. “Turbo babe” for instance? “Turbo, as in a really, really hot babe.” And men can be turbo babes? “Absolutely,” Pare says. “I consider myself a babe. It’s really a state of mind.” And “sheened”? “It comes from Charlie Sheen, of course,” explains Ross. Just in verb form. Duh.

Their recent video for the single “Ride the Island Baby” features bikini clad women in cropped denim riding bikes around Toronto Island. The boys wax nostalgic for a moment: Pare says, “Toronto is right on the water, so when people want to escape for the weekend, they go to the island. That’s actually the place where we had the conversation about being a band.”

So, the video could be a sentimental tribute to the band’s birthplace?…if it weren’t for all the ass shots. Check out the band’s video “Ride the Island Baby” here. And buy their full length album “Nerped by a Zircon” here. - Where Are The Shows

"Listen to New Brews Willis"

Check out the first new demo off of Brews Willis’ upcoming summer EP! - TEM

"Brews Willis 'Nerped by a Zircon'"

It's not exactly the long-awaited bluesy return of Bruno, but Toronto-based lo-fi rockers Brews Willis have just dropped a new free LP called Nerped by a Zircon. The ten-song set, produced by Fucked Up/Young Governor member Ben Cook, moistly blasts by via Black Lips- or Wavves-inspired surf trash, with vocalist/guitarist Ross Carvelli almost constantly backed-up by his bandmates "ooohs."

The turbo-charged beer blaster sports some colourfully titled tunes like "Sun Burn Boner Boy" and "Hell No Fuck You," but surprisingly, the equally potty-humour-angling "Big Fat Tits Veronica" plays out as a lovelorn pop ballad. - Exclaim Magazine

"Artist: Brews Willis “Sun Burn Boner Boy”"

This band kinda rocks and totally feeds my hunger for 1050 Chum oldies. To-ron-to!

Sounds like: Wholesome 50’s pop rock meets Beach Boys surf rock harmonies. - Alan Cross

"Brews Willis – Nerped by Zircon"

‘Sun Burn Boner Boy’ is a nostalgic strong opener from Brews Willis on ‘Nerped by Zircon’ which gives you a little taste of the summer to come. With their catchy riffs, and surf punk attitude, it’s hard not to think about anything other than the things that come with summer; driving around with the windows down, pool hopping, hanging out in minimal clothing, smoking blunts, and getting day drunk with your best friends.Brews Willis might have a ridiculous name, but it’s hard to mask your love for Bruce Willis, and the bands branding, the great illustrations and colour schemes (not to mention having three strikingly good looking members), gives you the impression that these boys just want to have a great time. Sadly, ‘Sun Burn Boner Boy’ is the best track on the album, with the rest of the tracks all sounding too similar….something that would be playing in the background on your road trip to the Muskokas, but you can never really differentiate what’s playing.Of course, being Brews Willis’ first album, and their extremely laid back attitude it’s going to be nice to see what’s next for them, especially in the summer time, where these guys are sure to shine. - Pink Mafia


Still working on that hot first release.



Dont let the name fool you. The boys of Brews Willis aren't just another clever play on words band. The hard-working, hard-partying best friends have spent the last year showing audiences that their talent, alongside their witty, tongue-in-cheek attitude can win over any audience. 

With stops at Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Wakestock and countless other venues, the party is just getting started. T

heir debut LP, Nerped by a Zircon, released in November 2011, was recorded/mixed by Ben Cook of Fucked Up & Young Guv, and shows exactly what they boys of Brews are all about. 

In 2013 they followed up with album Great Energy recorded/mixed at Candle Studios by Josh Korody (Beliefs).

The live show extends the bands fun-loving persona with high-energy performances that inspires crowds to let loose and party.

Band Members