Brothers of Industry

Brothers of Industry

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Combining incisive, thought provoking lyrics, edgy, guitar driven funk based alt-rock sensibilities and blistering live performances that have taken the NYC club scene by storm, Brothers of Industry is a grassroots phenomenon primed for major global attention.

Biography

Combining incisive, thought provoking lyrics, edgy, guitar driven funk based alt-rock sensibilities and blistering live performances that have taken the NYC club scene by storm, Brothers of Industry is a grassroots phenomenon primed for major global attention.
Formed in late 2003, the band—Kwaku (lead singer, songwriter/lyricist, guitarist), Gabriel Pressman (lead guitars, effects), Bryan Spitzer (bass) and Jeff Shreiner (drums)—is currently doing a weekly residency at Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village and has played venues in Washington, D.C. (Doctor Dremo’s), Pittsburgh (Nick’s Fat City), Philadelphia (Hard Rock Cafe) and Baltimore (For the People By the People Festival). Gabriel says, “Live on stage is where we’re most ourselves, where our energy is most intense and where each member really expresses his own identity.” Kwaku adds, “It’s pure freedom up there, releasing our inhibitions and connecting with people in ways we could never imagine before taking the stage. It’s incredible to be so locked in with my other ‘Brothers’ in the band.”
The buzz is growing, the mailing list bursting at the seams, and now comes the next step—the release of Self-Defined, Brothers of Industry’s six song EP which was produced by BOI and mixed by Nick Hard (who recorded and mixed The Bravery) at Stratosphere Sound, the legendary studio co-owned by James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne).
“Our music is all about energy and the emotion we feel in the moment, being genuine and honest and real, addressing things in our lives that we are passionate about,” says Kwaku. “We’ve seen so much manufactured emotion from artists these days, and our original goal was to be straight from the heart. We really embrace the spirit of independent record making, focused on making great music first. As the lyricist, the songs are all very personal to me and reflect where I am as an artist and where I want to be in my life. I feel like we’re always caught between where we thought we’d be and what we end up actually doing.
Hardly surprising in light of the crackling chemistry between its members, Brothers of Industry grew out of another successful Big Apple based band featuring Kwaku and Pressman. A harder edged rock band than Brothers of Industry, Rapid Audio Response was popular throughout 2002 and most of 2003, playing clubs like The Lion’s Den in Manhattan, Southpaw in Brooklyn and playing a series of opening dates with Rich Robinson (Black Crowes).
The formation of B.O.I has been an amazing combination of organic connections and chance encounters. This process began when Kwaku and Gabriel met through an internet ad page that helped connect musicians with bands looking for new members, “I was looking to play bass in a new band, and he said that’s what he was looking for,” says Pressman. “We hit it off immediately, talking for two hours on the phone. Prior to Brothers of Industry Kwaku had played with Bryan Spitzer in a group called Papakoo, whose accolades included opening up for Cory Glover of Living Colour at the now defunct Bottom Line club. Spitzer added the final piece by bringing in Drummer Jeff Shreiner with whom he attended school with in Florida.
Each member of Brothers of Industry brings a lifetime of unique musical influences and fascinating professional experiences to the band. Kwaku’s unique name means “born on Wednesday” and “shining before the limelight” in Twi, the native language of his parents, who were born in Ghana. Originally from the Bronx, The well rounded musician, was profoundly influenced by Sting and groundbreaking jazz legends like Billie Holliday and Miles Davis. Gabriel Pressman, a native of Cleveland, got his funk/rock “training” from listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and Zeppelin. Spitzer, another native New Yorker, developed his animated bass style through listening to various artists like Traffic, 311 and Michael Jackson. Shriener, an accomplished audio engineer and hip hop producer, adds an impassioned heavy hitting rock style of drumming to complete the powerhouse foursome.
When you hear the strong, cohesive sound Brothers of Industry has onstage coupled with the sonic depth of their EP Self-Defined, it is easy to see why this grassroots phenomenom is poised to become a global sensation.

Lyrics

These 3 Words

Written By: Brothers of Industry

Verse 1:
We’re killing dreams within our daily ways
And Casting Shadows on belief we can not explain
Through these 3 words

We’re going to focus on our new found stance
And hope that honesty will make us
Realize our plans
Because the truth will make us great

Chorus:
If I could feel this way again
And feel it honestly
If I could feel this way again

Verse 2:
We’re preaching sermons on our morning trains
And searching for our faith to release us from all the blame
Of these 3 words
That cause us pain

Chorus:
If I could feel this way again
And feel it honestly
If I could feel this way again

Bridge:
I’d feel it honestly
Like I’m supposed to feel
I’d feel it honestly 2x

To know reality
And not the fantasy
I’d feel it honestly 2x

Chorus

Burn

Written By: Brothers of Industry


Verse 1:
Bathed in guilt inside my head
Manic anger so mislead

Within the seams of endless dreams
The truth lies to be told
Can we conceive what we will be, or are we wrong?
Is this our choice?

Chorus:
The more we kill ourselves to Burn
(So bright that we can’t see)
The more we kill ourselves to Burn

Verse 2:
We wait our lives to finally say
This is the role we choose and is this still okay

Within the seams of endless dreams
The truth lies to be told
Can we conceive what we will be, or are we wrong?
Is this our choice?

Chorus:
The more we kill ourselves to Burn
(So bright that we can’t see)
The more we kill ourselves to Burn

Bridge:
We’ll relate and try to be what we aspire
But we changed, with time and became what we despise
We will learn to recall the truth of younger days
We are searching buying always trying to find ourselves
Meanwhile, Inside we burn 4x

Chorus:

Freedom

Written By: Brothers of Industry

Verse 1:
Blinded in a haze
Conflicted about who I am
Selfishly engaged or bound to you
What is my stance

And you want freedom
And I’m not there

Chorus:
In ways you want me
Know that I’ll be there
In ways you need me
Know that I’ll be there

Verse 2:
How do I exist
Within this life we’ve started
Filled with tears and rage
You feel your faith is unsupported
And baby that’s not fair

And you want freedom
And I’m not there

Chorus:
In ways you want me
Know that I’ll be there
In ways you need me
Know that I’ll be there

Sweetest of Ways

Written By: Brothers of Industry

Verse:
Blinded by the greatness of my fantasy
Truly hoping that one day you’ll desire me

You burned me in the sweetest of ways
So damn sweet but filled with so much pain

Chorus:
I’ll make you wrong in so many ways
To justify the rejection that you gave
I’ll make you wrong in so many ways

Verse:
If imitation is the greatest form of flattery
You must really worship all the girls who have fucked me
Over in the sweetest of ways
So damn sweet that we’re still great friends today

Chorus:
I’ll make you wrong in so many ways
To justify the rejection that you gave
I’ll make you wrong in so many ways

Chorus (2x)

Things You Avoid

Written By: Brothers of Industry

Verse 1:
Have you broken down within your heavenly life to be
Within your eyes lie the things that will make you happy
Can you reach for those moments
The ones that will make you believe
Can you believe?

Chorus:
Within all of the things you avoid
Lie the keys to the moments you’ll enjoy
Within all of the things you avoid
They will capture you

Verse 2:
Are you waiting for your pain to resolve
So you’ll feel alive
I want to see rainbow stars within your eyes
Not disappointment
Not Demise

Chorus:

Bridge:
Waking up almost there you can free yourself
Do you hate everything within your walls?
Contemplate all those things you will one day be
Big Big Brighter
Brighter than you’ve ever dreamed

All of the things you avoid

Chorus:

Discography

Self Defined - EP released in 2005 - available for download on itunes and other various music sites

also available on CDBaby.com

Secrets to Freedom - EP released in 2004 - streaming and available through our web site

Set List

Typical Set: 45min - 2 hrs
all original