Brian Sofer

Brian Sofer

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Sofer's music combines driving guitar rhythms with passionate vocals and captivating lyrics. A raspy and soulful delivery blended with thought-provoking lyrics.

Biography

Brian Sofer is a singer/songwriter from New York who is now based in Denver, CO. Brian stepped out from behind the machine and onto the stage as an acoustic solo artist in late 2002. Sofer's music combines driving guitar rhythms with passionate vocals and captivating lyrics. His unique musical stories run the gamut -- from the dark and sinister, to biographical tributes, poignant love songs, socially-conscious diatribes, and obscure tales taken from the headlines. A raspy and soulful delivery blended with thought-provoking lyrics keep B's sets interesting, original, and enjoyable for fans of stripped-down, live, honest music.

In addition to being the co-founder and lead singer of Denver's Breaking & Entering, Sofer has toured nationally with Atlanta's Outformation. As a solo artist, B's played clubs and venues all over the country including stops in New York City, Hoboken, Hartford, Baltimore, Washington DC, Louisville, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Albuquerque, Ft. Collins, Denver; and has shared bills with Jerry Joseph, Eric McFadden Trio, Bloodkin, Barbara Cue, Outformation, Suspect, Sub-Urban, Supperhopper, Soma, Mark Brut, One Time Experience, The Tone Mutts, Smoking Section, Dolls and Therapy, Betty Dylan, Zorki, Brianna Lane, Armand, and Brilliant Inventions.

INFLUENCES

Jerry Garcia, John Bell, Michael Houser, Brent Mydland, Bob Dylan, Vic Chesnutt, Jerry Joseph, Col. Bruce Hampton, Lou Reed, Frank Zappa, Warren Haynes, Gregg Allman Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, James Taylor, Jorma Kaukonen, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Bloodkin, Warren Zevon, The Beatles, AC/DC, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Stillwater, Bill Hicks, Alex Jones...

Lyrics

Just Havin' Fun

Written By: Brian Sofer

I ordered out for pizza
half an hour ago
I need that driver awful soon
they’re takin’ way too slow

I was starting to get worried
See you found the place alright
Dare to get yourself a tip boy…
step inside

I’m glad to find you’re older
but I’m sad to have to say
You won’t be makin’ anymore
deliveries today

I built this special collar
I hope it fits you well
Guess we’ll know for sure when it sends you…
straight to hell

Here is your assignment
said the spider to the fly
Act now, think later
or else you will die

Hand the note to the tellers
keep calm man, you’ll be fine
Til we meet at Mickey D’s your worthless hide…
is mine

Yeah I found the perfect crime
Pickin’ victims off the vine
It was only just their time
And I’m a brilliant mastermind
Because it’s never been done,
They say that I’m the only one,
Now I’m back out on the run

Bring the money to the arches
And I just might let you go
You’ll find some more instructions
for the keys and combo-codes

It’s really quite exciting
You’ll appear on live TV
blackmail puppet homicide?...
wait and see

Poor old Mama Mia
doomed by only random chance
Soon another will be taken,
what a strange coincidence

The pigs are lining up
Lookin’ busy for the news
The game is almost over now…
you lose

Yeah I found the perfect crime
Pickin’ victims off the vine
It was only just their time
And I’m a brilliant mastermind
Because it’s never been done,
They say that I’m the only one,
Now I’m back out on the run

The only clue they’ll have
is one deadly hand-made cane
but they never seen a picture of my
of eerie penciled veins

I had to the show world
how a real heist could be done
didn’t mean to frighten you…
just havin’ fun
just havin’ fun

Fuzzy Ray

Written By: Brian Sofer

Stranded in a truckers joint oustside of Denver
Slowly killin’ time
A white haired, grizzly man he walked right through the doorway
Then set his sights on mine

He stepped up to the bar
He smashed his money down

I’ll take one beer, one scotch, one whiskey, whiskey sour,
And a rib-eye well-done burnt

And his eyes
Were as black
As a cold desert night

Yeah those eyes
Were as dark
As the midnight sky

He turned to me said ‘pleased to meet you my friend,
They call me Fuzzy Ray’
Best be ready for some drinkin’ my friend
I got my pink slip today

He lit a cigarette
And he downed another shot

I’ve had my fill, I’m sick and tired of smoke and mirrors
They can all do it on their own

All the lies
That I told
are what most folks believe

Yeah those lies
That I sold
Are now troublin’ me

BRIDGE

‘Member what they said about those shark attacks
kuwait babes and killer bees
Don’t forget about asbestos in your schools
And those pesky Iraqis

One more superstar in cuffs
Yet another white-trash-tryst

I’ve been around, I’ve seen it all, one thing’s for certain
Ignorance loves company

And in time
They’ll all awake
From their snow-filtered dream

Yeah in time
they’ll be no need
To scrub those minds clean

And in time
They’ll all awake
From their snow-filtered dream

Yeah in time
they’ll be no need
To scrub those minds clean

Cosmic Viking

Written By: Brian Sofer

Hopped on the bus back in ‘79
He always felt outta place, but no one seemed to mind

And then he - sat on down and blew us all away
He had the curse of the ivories but not that day

And then he - poured out his soul like a man possessed
It was at that time the circus truly was blessed

Cosmic Viking
So far from me
So easy to love you
I hope you’re finally free

He filled those shoes, there could be no doubt
Yet for some strange reason, he was down and out

Passin’ tons of steel, with just a little light
Yeah he could run, run, run, but he could never hide

He gave us good times, and he took us home
But I’ll never understand why he felt so alone

Cosmic Viking
So far from me
So easy to love you
I hope you’re finally free

The jackals focused on the papa bear
Everyone assumed you’d always just be there

Twelve years have past since you left this place
Never trust a woman, I guess you made your case

Still one thing I always wanted to know
Was it really that speedball, or did you just wanna go?

Cosmic Viking
So far from me
So easy to love you
And now you’re finally free

Discography

Brian Sofer - self titled - 2003

Set List

7/22/05 (FRI) Buffalo Rose, Golden, CO
I: It's Allright, Sacred Cowboy, Keep Your Mind, She Belongs To Me*, Evens Out, Cosmic Viking, Bama Girl, Fire In The Sky, This Part Of Town*

II: Last Word > David Allan Coe (rap) > Last Word, You Were Gone, 16 Times, The Walkdown > Runnin' Towards The Light, Fuzzy Ray, This Time, Tomorrow Always Knows, Coffee To Go

III: Watch K Ride, Game On*, Jesus Is My Cableguy, Little Pedro, G.I. Jimmy, Just Havin' Fun > Blight* > My Last Act (rap)* > Blight*, Splendid Isolation*

*covertunes
She Belongs To Me/ Bob Dylan
This Part Of Town/ Widespread Panic
Game On/ Outformation
Blight & My Last Act/ Vic Chesnutt
Splendid Isolation/ Warren Zevon