brindley brothers

brindley brothers

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

"Top 12 Debut Albums of 2004" - PASTE "Magical...a pop/rock gem...an early contender for one of the best albums of 2004." - THE WASHINGTON POST "Deceptively deep and beautifully realized." - AMPLIFIER

Biography

"Who started this fire and left it to burn?" asks Luke Brindley on "Angel," an elegiac track from the critically acclaimed Brindley Brothers' second album, Filled With Fire. "Now look behind us, all our yesterdays are gone." The eloquent and heartfelt "Filled With Fire," follows up the band's critically acclaimed Playing With the Light released in 2004.

Brindley Brothers is a Washington, DC based band led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Luke Brindley. Luke is joined by his brother Daniel on bass, keys and vocals and brother-in-law Jared Bartlett on guitar. Luke and Daniel both grew up in New Jersey, played in various bands and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with music degrees.

They began writing and performing together while attending university in 2000. The next year, they released an acoustic record, "How Faint the Whisper," under Luke's name. The record received high praise in such national magazines as Acoustic Guitar and Performing Songwriter. Soon after September 11th, the Brothers relocated to the Washington, DC area to open and operate Jammin' Java, a 200 seat music venue recently named one of Top 100 Clubs in the world by Pollstar.

The Brothers attribute a part of their musical evolution to their club. "We'd be completely different musicians if we hadn't had the experience of running this club together," says Daniel who with his brother has seen hundreds of performers, both local and national. "It's given us the chance to observe and pick apart the subtle things that separate a great band from a merely good one."

The Brothers' observations paid off. In 2004, the Brindley Brothers signed to Paste Records and released "Playing With the Light," which was hailed by The Washington Post as "magical...a pop/rock gem...an early contender for one of the best albums of 2004" and was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 12 Debut Records of 2004 (alongside other familiar names as Franz Ferdinand, Jem, Jamie Collum and more).

Rolling Stone said, "Fans of Wilco and Gin Blossoms will swoon." And fans have responded. The Brothers have sold several thousand copies of "Playing With the Light," received incredible press, toured extensively, appeared on numerous radio and television programs and have played and sold-out some of the best venues on the east coast.

Like the last album, "Filled With Fire" showcases the band's diversity and mastery of various pop styles dovetailed with smart, thoughtful lyrics - the visceral rock of "Rise Above" and "Hurricane", the power-pop of "Up All Night", the light-hearted pop of "Saturday Night", the euphoric and hopeful "Man on Fire", the mystical, meditative alt/folk of "Late Summer" and "Keep Me in Your Heart". Despite the musical variety, the songs and the performances are unified by their sincerity and passion.

"Filled With Fire" deals with the rediscovery of life, love, faith, compassion, hope, struggle and transcendence in a modern, post-belief world. "For this record, I had about 30 finished songs. We recorded a little more than half of them and 11 of those made it to the record. I don't always know what the song is about until much later. We took foster care of a special needs baby in 2005 and many of the songs were inspired by this experience. And, as usual, a lot of songs about New Jersey, light, highways and fire."

The band entered the studio in the Fall of 2005 with producer Jim Ebert (Butch Walker, Meredith Brooks, Matthew Ryan) to record. In order to capture the urgency and cohesiveness of a great rock band, the production team did much of the tracking live over the course of a week. Additional tracking was done over the next few months in various DC-area studios.

Filled With Fire was mixed by Jim Ebert and young, up-and-coming producer Jared Bartlett (guitarist in the Brindley Brothers) and mastered by NYC-based Fred Kevorkian (Ryan Adams, White Stripes, Jesse Mallin).

Discography

Filled With Fire (2006)
Playing With the Light (2004)
How Faint the Whisper (2001)
Spring Song (2000)