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Eugene, aka Brandon Owens, is an artist originally from Los Angeles now living in New York. After releasing his first recordings, compiled into a 9 song disc dubbed the 4-track demos, he found himself back in LA at the request of Nic Harcourt of KCRW'S Morning Becomes Eclectic. During January of this year he was featured live on MBE and doing a few west coast shows in support of those recordings. One of which was an in store performance at Fingerprints music store in Long Beach. It was here that Eugene met Kenneth Negrete, owner of Time Release Records, a sort of boutique record label based in Eugene's hometown.

What started as an invitation to come visit Ken's studio/art gallery quickly and organically turned into what would be the start of a creative means for Eugene's first official release. Immediately attracted by the label's old school approach to art, both in selection and execution, the chemistry between Ken and Eugene was undeniable. With only a few days left to get to work, Eugene would end up returning a few times over the following months to complete the six songs found on Circles.

Eugene's music is hard to categorize. It is where vintage meets future and heart meets soul. The music is quality and seems to speak to you without need of genres or demographics. The songs on Circles are each uniquely there own and glue themselves to you in the best way possible.

***Eugene is slated to begin work on his debut LP for New Line Records/Scratchie this fall with producer James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins*** - Cd Baby

"Eugene – The 4 Track Demos"

Eugene puts together a very radio-friendly type of indie-rock that is reminiscent of Hayden, never far from a good guitar hook or full sound, even though this is a very Spartan band. Tracks like “Mr. Solitude” do not have a chronological date to them, so while there might be sections on the track that just screams sixties-rock, there are equally many that look at acts like Husker Du for relevance. Similarly, the genre tag does not stick well on Eugene, for tracks like “Mr. Solitude”, an exercise in pop, there are country-based tracks like “California”. It is a little misleading to dub the tracks on “The 4 Track Demos” purely pop or country; rather, different elements are used by Brandon to create a style of music for Eugene that is distinct and paradoxically able to fit into any musical style without ruffling feathers. While many of the tracks make great use of their musical simplicity, it is “Amalur” which will wow the listeners of this disc the most. The virtuosic guitar track present on the track mixes with Brandon’s Dave Grohl-like vocals to make something perfect, ready-made for the pop-rock stations.

A track like “Troubles” really has problems starting up, with the guitar work laid on the track really having an episodic feel to it that does not further Brandon’s singing in any meaningful way. The follow-up track “Should I Fall” is a nice resumption of the same quality that was such a hallmark for Eugene up to this point. Using “Lifted”-like drums along with vocals modeled after Bryan Adams, “Should I Fall” is a patchwork, albeit one that works well. The strong acoustic guitar presence throughout the disc is one of the most audible factors concerning Eugene; the euphonic sounds that issue from the instrument during tracks like “Whiskey & Wine” serve lead vocalist Brandon well. However, the guitar takes a completely different tack in the dance-like track “Stand”, which due to its continual bass-drum presence, really is contextualized into something that is almost Postal Service-esque in its general sound. While the title of the album is “The 4 Track Demos”, the music contained within has a polish that makes the title invalid. This is an band that is ready for the big time, and should a big label sign them there is no doubt that Eugene could peddle a great amount of merchandise to both pop and music fanatic alike.

Top Tracks: Angel Eyes, Amalur -


The 4-Track Demos (Self Released)
Circles Ep (Time Release Records)
Los Angeles (Limited Edition Self Released- 100 Printed)
Untitled Debut LP (New Line Records) In Stores Fall 07



Eugene aka Brandon Owens moved from Los Angeles to New York at the age of 18. He spent the better part of the past four years touring and recording as a bassist with the elite of the jazz and pop world, such as Lauryn Hill and Terence Blanchard. In Summer 2004 he picked up an acoustic guitar, learned to use a four-track recorder and started to write his own songs.

After years of playing music but never writing his own material, Eugenes songs just started pouring out, with over 40 songs captured on four-track in only a few months time. Though the recording process was painstakingly primitive, what has come out on these recordings is refreshingly honest songs that have a tremendous range, a warm immediacy and a real pop sensibility that is very different from the other sounds currently coming out of New York.

In Fall 2004, eugene began playing local venues, in both LA and NYC, to audiences of friends. An undeniable presence, his statement in show and song is both relevant and timelessly cool.

Eugene recently signed with New Line Records and will be releasing his debut LP this fall.

Contact Info:

Official Website:

Public Relations & Management:
Jonny Kaps
Nat Hays
Ashley P
242 Wythe, Ste 6
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Label Contacts:
New Line Records
116 N. Robertson, Suite 705
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Jason Linn

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