Seattle, Washington, USA

What happens when you take five audio engineers, stick them on the other side of the console, and let them air out their creative souls? You get the new album from Brush, Love Sublime, and that elusive “man-this-just-feels-right” vibe.


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Spend a couple minutes with Brush, and you realize you’re talking to guys who started performing young in a variety of interesting ways: for Billy Brush it was a 4-track recorder, upright piano, and a “really cheap mic.” John Buroker enjoyed being on stage. Sam Gray worked with mix cassettes, and Dave Elvin says he was “playing drum-like things” before he knew how to decide anything about his future. Eric Johnson just wanted to be a musician.

Fast forward: when Brush releases its new CD, Love Sublime, in Fall 2007, it’ll be the culmination of two years’ hard work. Billy Brush released his debut album, Lair, in 2005. The album scored airplay and charted on the West Coast. When he formed a group to support the album, it became obvious in the first few months that this was no longer a singer/songwriter surrounded by supporting musicians; this was a band. So, the band name simply became Brush.

Billy is joined by John Buroker, bass; Dave Elvin, drums; Eric Johnson, guitar; and Sam Gray, synthesizer and laptop. A behind-the-scenes fact that makes this album unique and enables the group to bring something special to stage is that all five are audio engineers. “We're all a lot more aware of what everyone else is doing in the band and how things fit together sonically,” Billy says. “Sam also samples bits and pieces on the fly, sending them through delays and reverbs; sounds that – in the past – would've been reserved as studio gimmicks but can now be recreated live.”

Their styles are different and complementary, and they definitely create something together that’s greater than the sum of its parts. But when it comes to inspiration for new songs, they’re pretty much in agreement: they draw their material from personal experience, or things they observe and then internalize.

Love Sublime was produced, engineered and mixed by Martin Feveyear at Jupiter Studios in Seattle, WA. Martin has worked with an extensive roster of bands, including Kings of Leon, The Presidents of the United States of America, Mudhoney, Crooked Fingers and many more.

Billy characterizes the material on Love Sublime as having a “darker outlook” on the human condition, focusing on “our frailties and shortcomings.”

Despite the fact that not every song paints a rosy picture, Brush wants its audience to feel uplifted and energized, like they just spent an hour with their friends. “I like to interact and talk with the audience a lot; it's important to make that connection and not seem disaffected by what's going on in front of you,” Billy adds. “I like to look out and see smiles, even if every song isn't golly-gee-whiz happy. “

He has a unique perspective on the biggest challenge he faces—and it has more to do with technology than music. “I think the greatest challenge as an indie artist is recognizing useful information and avenues from the general noise,” he says. “There are so many places you can post your music and profile that it's tough to focus your energy at times. You’re better off focusing on one site and driving all traffic to that.”

“The biggest thing to remember is that grabbing someone's ear without annoying them is a fine line to walk.”

REVIEWS: Love Sublime

"Love Sublime", the debut album from Seattle's Brush, is lush pop music at its finest. In the tradition of seminal bands like Rockpile, Psychedelic Furs and even Pink Floyd, Brush's songs leap out of the speakers and grab your attention with their huge hooks, shimmering production and intelligent song writing. The music is at once fresh and timeless, exciting and familiar, and the melodies stay with me long after the CD ends.
- Jason Parker, former Program Director, KMTT 103.7 The Mountain, and founder of

If you're looking for a rewarding musical adventure, check out "Love Sublime" from Seattle's Brush. From the title track to the final note, these talented musicians take you to places that you think you know, and add a new twist around every turn. Fair warning, this musical trip is a complete experience worthy of an "E" ticket. Impeccable musicianship, great song-writing, and song after song that will capture you and carry you in such a way that you can't help but reach for the "repeat" button. Enjoy the ride - it's worth every glorious moment!
- Cathy Faulkner, Consultant & Former APD/MD KISW, Seattle

The band Brush has come a long way since their first album, Lair. For one, they truly sound like a band now. While principal singer/songwriter/musician Billy Brush is still the focal point of the ensemble, there is now a sense that the other players are much more involved. With Billy's first album, Lair, we heard a wealth of creative potential permeating a web of catchy songs, indulgent instrumental explorations, and a sonic landscape that really, truly could not be categorize


Morning Sun

Written By: Billy Brush

Soft light filters through the window
The morning sun has come
Sometimes it's hard to tell the hour
The clouds can hide so much

I lie still for a while
My eyes fixed on your tranquil face
I wonder what you're dreaming
I know you'll tell me when you awake

It's in these moments I could leave it all behind as the world slips by and turns around, around, and around

A morning candle fllickers
Your tousled hair in a subtle glow
I like the look of this hour
Softly, gently you pull me close

Twist and turn
It's the nature of this burn
So find me out, I'm waiting
Twist and curve
Do I have the nerve
To find you out, you're waiting


Self-released LP, LAIR: 2005
Self-released LP, Love Sublime: 2007

Set List

My Couch
Blu Diamond
Morning Sun
Breathe In Breathe Out
Fast-Forward 30 Years
8-Minute Dating
I Want This One
Love Sublime
No Other Way
Typical Man
American Life
Midmorning Lullaby
Actors Off
Tending Bar
You Don't Believe
The Grim Underneath
In The Valley
Evening Sun
Bit Depth
Coffee Cup Girl