Eric Brengle

Eric Brengle

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

A singer/songwriter from Cincinnati, OH, Eric Brengle brings his diverse audience the sounds of Southern rock and the heartfelt lyrics of a folk artist. He began playing guitar in 1996 and has recorded several albums, most noteably "Cameras and Notebooks" and "No End of Patches".

Biography

Eric Brengle

Intimate, energetic and honest, Eric Brengle’s acoustic pop walks a fine line between melodic and unexpected. His multi-dimensional sound is a blend of smaller, yet self-sufficient, parts. “He builds upon the basic track to really put a nice musical statement together,” said Jesse Feister, the drummer on Brengle’s newest album, No End of Patches.

The handcrafted melodies reflect the interaction between music and lyric: lyric driving the music, music driving the lyrics. With a unique, welcoming voice, Brengle’s words speak clearly and creatively of experiences that are both personal and universal. “It’s really a battle of writing stuff that fulfills what you want to say and what people want to hear,” he said. “If you can find that balance, then you’ve got something.”

And something, it’s obvious, he’s got. Born December 13th, 1984 in Cincinnati, Oh., Brengle was singing by age 8 and playing the guitar by age 12. Inspired by the classic, spunky sound of James Taylor, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hootie and the Blowfish and Ellis Paul, Brengle began writing and recording out of his basement experimentally. It wasn’t long before he understood that music is, for him, the only goal.

“When I was exploring what I wanted to do, I looked at a bunch of different options, but at the end of the day I’d always come home and pick up my guitar,” he said. “I’d sit for hours when I should have been doing other things, but the other stuff just didn’t fulfill what music did for me.”

Soon, the passion became a reality as Brengle created ECB Music, LCC in early 2004. By January of 2005, he had released an E.P. entitled, Cameras and Notebooks. Music fans hailed the three-song cd as honest, intelligent and demonstrative of Brengle’s potential as a singer and songwriter.

“Each song was well-written and well-formed and is marketable to a wide audience,” said Elizabeth Robey, a club concerts director in Bloomington, IN. “The E.P. showed that he has incredible potential to make really big records with hit upon hit upon hit.”

“Version of Yourself,” the featured song off Cameras and Notebooks, was a success with both critics and Brengle’s widening audience. “Version of Yourself” hit the local campus media at Indiana University, where he is currently a junior, and was selected for the 2005 compilation, Live From Bloomington.

Dan Coleman, a reporter for the Bloomington Herald-Times, agreed. “Like a younger James Taylor his simple neo-folk rock is becoming a town favorite.”

On sharing a stage with Brengle, Feister said, “He’s easy to put in front of people because you know that people will be receptive of his music even if they’re hearing him for the first time.”

Determined and passionate about his work, Brengle has continued to grow both musically and popularly. He produced and recorded on The Identity Slip with rock band Marking Twain, represented himself at the 2005 NACA Mid-America conference and has attended Berklee College of Music summer sessions.

He has toured in the Midwest and select locations in the Northeast, was selected to perform at the 2005 Mid-point Music Festival and has now completed a full album.

This new project is entitled No End of Patches. Set for released in late December, No End of Patches was a self-proclaimed success story even before completion. “I really feel that lyrically the album opens up; at the end, you kind of go through it,” Brengle said of his album. “My goal in writing the record was to take these ten songs and basically say, “this is a snapshot of me right now.’”

The honesty and integrity of the album is tangible; the intent honorable. Brengle has played to audiences as large as 700, as small as his 2 dogs. But regardless of venue, audience or medium, the performance comes across as honest. Deliberate.

“People are looking for young, vibrant performers,” added Robey, “and he’s definitely one of them.”

Written by: Anne B. Zelek

Lyrics

New Years

Written By: Eric Brengle

It's midnight, the clock chimes,
Once again I am questioning, everything I thought was right,
The lists that I made, get longer each day,
The only time when the moments hang, never exists when you want it to,

If I would, then I could,
You know I'd see the stars tonight,
It's my turn to take this rocket for a ride,

Starting now, I'll make a resolution,
Instead of find solutions,
I'll make a resolution,
I'm not gonna care anymore,
I'm ready for new years,

I needed a sign, I found one tonight,
I bet it came in on the warm winter wind, keeping this town in the summer time,
An nobody knows, what to do when it snows,
There don't know whether to go outside,
Or stay inside by the warmth of the fire,

Right now I'm in between knowing it all,
And figuring the small things out,
I've got a plan for what this time's about

Starting now,
I'll make a resolution,
Instead finding solutions,
I'll make a resolution,
I'll no longer care,
Consider this new years,

I devised my own design,
To help keep my frame of mind outside the box,
And things couldn't be any better,

Starting now,
I'll make a resolution,
Instead finding solutions,
I'll make a resolution,
I'll no longer care,
Consider this new years,

Use today,
As an excuse to break out your champagne,
Starting early never hurt,
Anyone before

Savannah

Written By: Eric Brengle

1. Savannah:

She said I need to feel alive and plugged in,
I stood there looking at her world taped up in boxes,
Unfaded squares where the posters use to hang,
The echoes of our footsteps just bouncing off the flooring,

She’s, alive in her own way,
It’s just that her late night phone calls all dissolve,
Into,

Savannah,
And I finally found what I was looking for,
Savannah,
Don’t be a stranger round here anymore,

I keep checking for a message on my phone,
No one expects the sadness that lingers in the dial tone,
And it won’t bother me by the time I see the streetlights,
And let my mind be occupied by the sounds of the city nightlife,

She’s alive in her own way,
It’s just that her late night phone calls, all dissolve,
Into,

Savannah,
And I finally found what I was looking for,
Savannah,
Don’t be a stranger round here anymore,

Don’t tell me I need to be myself,
Cause in the end, what does that mean after all?
This city feels so different when I see it in this light…

In this light…
Savannah,
Don’t be a stranger round here anymore,
Savannah,
And I finally, and I finally, and I finally found,
Savannah,
Don’t be a stranger around here anymore

Beautiful Day (Between Myself)

Written By: Eric Brengle

Do not think that I don’t hear you,
Every time you tell me that I should be,
More forgiving of myself,
Cause I have grown to expect,
Nothing less than the best,
Out of myself,
And I wish you’d follow suit sometimes,

And every now and then you feel,
The weight of the world upon your shoulders,
I’m not gonna let it get me down on this,
Or any other

Beautiful Day,
This Beautiful Day,
A Beautiful Day,
Cause I will put a little space,
Between myself and the world,
And the world,

I do not think that race or face,
Can affect the way that I perceive somebody,
I have never met before,
And at times it baffles me,
That despite the wires streaming out of my hands,
I can be connected,
But still feel so alone,

Every now and then you feel,
The weight of the world upon your shoulders,
I’m not gonna let it get me down on this,
Or any other

Beautiful Day,
This beautiful Day,
A beautiful Day,
I’ll put a little space,
Between myself and the world,
And the world.

We’ve been pushing against a stone wall,
Trying to make it sand,
We’ve been standing on our tiptoes,
Sinking down into something, something, something…

Tranquil, at times I think we could use some tranquility,
In our lives, cause living is just not easy,

And every now and then you feel
The weight of the world upon your shoulders
I’m not going to let it get me down on this
Or any other

Beautiful Day
This beautiful day
A beautiful day

Cause I will put a little space between myself and
I need a little space between myself and,
I’ll put a little space between myself and the world,
And the world.

Part of a Plan

Written By: Eric Brengle

Well I was just sitting there
And watching the clock
Thinking where would I rather be
If it were up to me
But its not.

Sometimes it’s easy to see
You’re just going through the motions
And afternoon sighs,
But I don’t want to find in the end
That I was living my life for 5 p.m.

You think that I don’t stare
Up at my ceiling at night
And thinking that if someone was listening
What would they hear?

And I, know that all morning I will watch the minute hand
And I, can assume that today, I’m just part of a plan
I’m part of a plan.

Well I was already running late before I opened my eyes today
It’s just such a strange feeling knowing that I won’t be caught up soon,
Well 9 a.m. I’ve got the radio on,
Just rolling through the channels I know my favorite song will be
The one that I can say pulled me through this headache.

And you think that I don’t sit tapping my feet on the ground
Well could you sit still if your heart was somewhere else?

And I, know that all morning I will watch the minute hand
And I, can assume that today, that I’m just part of a plan.

Now I cannot pretend that you don’t expect
The day to be all that you need.

You think that I don’t sit tapping my feet on the ground
Well could you sit still if your heart was somewhere else?

And I, know that all morning I will watch the minute hand
I, can assume that today, that I’m just part of a plan
I’m part of a plan
I’m part of a plan.

Along the Line

Written By: Eric Brengle

The walls in this room can turn on a dime,
As they’ve done this morning,
I close the door behind me stare out onto my street,
Watch the shadows roll on by, roll on by,

By the end of the week I’ll be breaking out long sleeves,
To cover for the cold,
I wonder sometimes if there’s anybody other than me,
That waves goodbye as summer goes away,
Goes away this year,

Every worried moment that stays in my mind,
I throw away cause after all is said and done,
Everything always falls, along the line, along the line.

Solo

Every worried moment that stays in my mind,
I throw away, after all is said and done,
They never much matter anyway,
I might as well keep doing my own thing,
It seems to have worked so far, at the end of the day,
Everything always fall, along the line,
Oh along the line,

Why it worked so far,
I don’t know but,
Everything just falls
Along the line

Oh, along the line.

Discography

-Cameras and Notebooks E.P. (January 2005)

-"Live from Bloomington 2005: A Benefit for the Hoosier Foodbank"
Song featured: "Version of Yourself"

-No End of Patches (Late November 2005)

"Version of Yourself" recieving airplay on Indiana University student station.

Set List

Savannah
Memory
Version of Yourself
Beautiful Day
New Years
The Fish Song
Fortunate Events
Bumblebee
Part of a Plan
Along the Line
Figure It Out
Home
Laugh a Little More
Don't Want me Here

Various Covers by:
James Taylor
Hootie and the Blowfish
Maroon 5
Oasis
The Beatles

Eric will usually play an hour and a half set if headlining, or a 30-45 minute set if hired as a supporting act.

-ECB Music, LLC