Dan Brodie and the Grieving Widows
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Dan Brodie and the Grieving Widows

Northcote, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Northcote, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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"Melbourne's rock outlaw/ Empty Arms, Broken Hearts Cd Review - 4 STARS"

Brodie's rich, unaffected voice imbues simple, country=tinged songwriting with disarming gravitas. From gleeful rockabilly to the twisted guts of romance, he's got the heart, the soul and the band to make you believe. - Rolling Stone Magazine

"Little Beaver's Alleyway Xmas Party"

Someone once said that the trio is the purest form of rock n roll explosion - 'explosive' is the right word to describe this performance. Brodie's lyrics are have a lot of anger and bile to them and they get delivered as such, with some pure and simple rock music backing them. The set is full of loud, quick numbers showcasing favourites from Dan's catalogue and some songs from his forthcoming album. - Inpress magazine

"100. Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows – “Empty Arms, Broken Hearts” Posted on April 23, 2009 by onealbumaday|"

How appropriate that this blog should hit triple figures with a killer release that so confidently swaggers through the rock’n'roll oeuvre.This album sees Dan Brodie delivering on his promise. He hardly takes a wrong step.

The opening track is flawless – slow vocal-heavy intro cataloguing the status of his family members and his own trials with the bottle, a plea to Jesus Try and Save Me, drums kick in, addition of important rider to title “(from myself)”. This CD is the one where Brodie transforms from Ryan Adams clone to the next Steve Earle. It’s all tales of a slightly lawless life on road breaking hearts and facing inevitable reciprocity. - onealbumaday


With folks proclaiming alt.country on its deathbed, it should come as no surprise that the most exciting new band working that territory this week in Austin comes from Melbourne, Australia. Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows are a quintet of long, tall, and young roots rockers who wear a lot of influences on their sweaty brows. Starting off with that familiar chugging-train beat, a rhythm they returned to a couple of times in this too-brief set, Brodie spat out his lyrics with the defiance of a young Dylan. Two songs in, they presented "Lawyers, Guns, and Money," both an homage to its writer, Warren Zevon, and a statement proclaiming them unafraid to rock as loud and as hard as anything offered by the likes of Slobberbone or the Drive-By Truckers. Non-American artists like Brodie interpret this form of Americana from a different angle, one that gives it a scent of freshness that others working similar territory can't approach. - The Austin Chronicle


Im Floatin Mamma EP (1998)
Big Black Guitar LP (1999)
Make me wanna kill EP (2001)
Empty Arms, Broken Hearts LP (2002)
Beautiful Crimes LP (2005)
My friend the murderer (2011)



Dan Brodie is a singa-songwrita from Melbourne, Australia. His debut EP, Im Floatin Mamma (1998), was independently released followed by his debut album, Big Black Guitar (1999) under the moniker, Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows which featured his brother Chris Brodie on lap steel guitar.

Signed to EMI, the album was rereleased in 2001 to much fanfare. Brodie was snapped up by French label, Last Call Records and dashed off to Europe that year with his faithful brother in tow to play shows in the U.K. and Paris and to answer questions from French periodicals. On his return to Australia, Brodie recorded with U.S. producer John Wooler (Willie Nelson) and engineer Oz Fritz (Tom Waits) and released an EP, Make me wanna Kill, a sonically nastier piece of work than his previous efforts. From these same sessions came the alt country masterpiece, Empty Arms, Broken Hearts which featured Take a Bullet and Jesus try and Save me and garnered Brodie two ARIA AWARD nominations.

Following this, Brodie took a break to return with the guitar driven, Beautiful Crimes (2005), a collection of stunning harmony laden tracks, including the summer anthem, Wanna Shine and the terrifying pean to mental illness, Prescription Chemicals. After this triumph, but suffering from “exhaustion”, Brodie jetted off to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for six months, to “to hopefully drown myself.. and forget everything I had learnt up till then” as he was quoted as saying at the time.

2011 finds our hero back with a brand new outfit called Dan Brodie and the Grieving Widows featuring Dave Nicholls (Ian Rilen/Spencer P.Jones) on drums and Chris Brodie (Broken Arrows) on the bass. Hailed as a dirty blues-noir outfit, the Grieving Widows play out the dramas of Brodie’s cautionary tales with an unhinged violence and malevolence, recently capturing this sound at Headgap Studios in Melbourne with engineer Brent Punshon on eleven brand new tracks. Along with a planned European tour, and a spot at SXSW 2011 in Austin, Dan Brodie and the Grieving Widows are set to unleash their brand new record this year…