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""A toe in alt-pop and a whole foot in earthy, earnest heartland rock""

The D.C. band, led by singer-songwriter Luke Brindley (and featuring bro Daniel and bro-in-law Jared Bartlett), has a toe in alt-pop and a whole foot in earthy, earnest heartland rock. Filled With Fire, their third album, finds Luke Brindley’s songs working better than even on their lauded sophomore disc, Playing With the Light. - HARP Magazine

""A stunning work of heartfelt pop craftsmanship.""

The Brindley Brothers’ previous album, 2004’s Playing With the Light, was an unexpected delight—a stunning work of heartfelt pop craftsmanship arriving from out of the blue. On Filled With Fire, Luke and Daniel Brindley prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that Light was no fluke. Call it “pure pop for thinking people�?—the Brindleys weave a tapestry of sound and verbal images that richly reward any modest effort the listener cares to invest. The constant throughout Filled With Fire is Brother Luke’s voice—wizened, well worn and world-weary, it envelops the listener like a favorite sweater. Take the album’s opener, “Rise Above,�? for example. This tale of a desperate soul “always running, with blood on my hands�? who “made it out of New Jersey with nobody knowing�? has certainly been told before, but perhaps not with this combination of sincerity and warmth. The Brindleys invite the listener along for the ride; pity the fool who declines. Elsewhere, “Man on Fire�?’s neat brass accents and gospel backing vocals nicely complement the meat and potatoes rock and roll found on the rest of the disc. “Saturday Night�? is a second cousin to “Chuck E.’s in Love,�? and does the family proud. On Filled With Fire, the Brindley Brothers create unabashedly American music, offered straight up without regard for fad or fashion.

Rick Schadelbauer - Amplifier

""Fans of the Gin Blossoms or pre-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco will swoon.""

On Playing with the Light, Luke and Daniel Brindley create concise, guitar-driven power pop fattened by fuzzy Fender Rhodes organ and brotherly harmonies made possible only by a genetic link. Fans of the Gin Blossoms or pre-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco will swoon to the disc's opening title track, with its bouncy melody over taut guitars; the piano-and-horn pomp of "Roman Candle"; and the chunky power chords of "Slow Burn" and "Supernova." Luke Brindley's linear narratives take you into Manhattan's entertaining East Village on the Jackson Browne-flavored "Hudson River" ("I'm sitting here in Peter Cooper Park/Street preacher punctuates each sentence with a bark"), but for most of the album he deals with family, friends and the restless ache that fills the passage of time in a romantic heart. With nine songs in thirty-four minutes, brevity is obviously important to the brothers Brindley, and they've seen enough performers to understand that it's a requirement in holding the attention of listeners -- when they're not playing, the two run Jammin' Java, a popular live music venue and coffeehouse in Vienna, Virginia. - Rolling Stone

""His own compelling musical voice.""

Luke Brindley's lyrics convey a haunting mistiness that is mirrored in the moody black-and-white photos of the CD booklet. Tasty dark vocal harmonies add to the effect, and Brindley propels his songs with catchy accompaniment vamps. A variety of influences is apparent in this debut collection, including the rambling acoustic environment of New Morning—era Dylan and the smokiness of early Townes Van Zandt vocals, while the melodies and fingerstyle guitar patterns bear a clear Bruce Cockburn stamp. At the same time, Brindley has his own compelling musical voice. It all adds up to a satisfying musical experience. (Luke Brindley,

—Gary Joyner - Acoustic Guitar

"It won't take longer than a split second to decide to bring Luke Brindley home."

Luke Brindley cuts a large swath with his third solo album. He previously recorded with brother Daniel as indie pop-rock darlings the Brindley Brothers, but he sounds equally at home singing folk, rock or blues. An accomplished guitarist who cites Paul Westerburg and Michael Hedges among his influences, Brindley navigates a vast musical map.

"Never Alone” makes use of organ and horns to accentuate a Motown vibe as Brindley assures “If I knew the way I’d carry you home.” “Ain’t Got You” is steadied by a disco drum beat in contrast to the folky melody and lyrics about how “even the beautiful things are broken and torn.” “Surrender” nods to Springsteen and the E Street Band, unfolding the tale of a girl with a reckless love.

The album highlight “Hold on to the Mystery” features interwoven acoustic and muted electric guitars as Brindley delivers image-laden lyrics: “Lightning flashing over this suburban town, you get one split second to look around.” It won’t take longer than a split second to decide to bring Luke Brindley home.
- Performing Songwriter

""Top 12 DIY. A skilled guitarist...subtly impactful songs...haunted""

"Top 12 DIY. A skilled guitarist...subtly impactful songs...haunted" - Performing Songwriter

""One of the year's best roots-rock releases.""

THERE ARE SEVERAL reasons singer-songwriter Luke Brindley's new self-titled solo CD qualifies as one of the year's best roots-rock releases, though it arrives just under the wire and took only three days to record. For one thing, it doesn't sound as if it were made on the fly.

Far from it. In fact, if Brindley and producer Jared Bartlett didn't put a lot of thought into making this CD, choosing the songs and working out arrangements, they leave no clue. This isn't a big production, but a well-crafted and fairly seamless one, a collection of tunes that consistently makes the most of Brindley's raspy voice, soulful delivery and impressive guitar work.

The album opens with "Never Alone" and other horn-charged reminders of Brindley's Jersey roots, songs that somehow manage to sound neither dated nor overly derivative -- no small achievement given Bruce Springsteen's looming shadow. Not long afterward comes an elegantly melodic acoustic guitar take on "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," a quiet, mid-album reaffirmation of Bob Dylan's influence. Brindley's disarmingly engaging way with a simple love song is also evident, and, as the certifiably catchy "Never Forget My Love" illustrates, it's a gift that brightly complements the album's reflective ballads and subtly atmospheric backdrops.

Brindley and Bartlett, who also plays guitar, are supported throughout the session by a lot of local talent, including Brindley's brother Daniel on keyboards, pedal steel guitarist Dave Van Allen, saxophonist Chris Watling and trumpeter Kevin Cordt. Here's hoping that Brindley gets lots of opportunities to work with the same band in concert.

-- Mike Joyce
- The Washington Post


Luke Brindley "Five Songs EP" 2008
Luke Brindley "Luke Brindley" 2007
Brindley Brothers "Filled with Fire" 2006
Brindley Brothers "Playing with the Light" 2004



2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Finalist
2009 Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist
2008 Washington Area Music Association Award for
Best Contemporary Folk Album of the Year
2008 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist
2008 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
2008 DC Magazine Best Of the CIty
Paste Magazine Top 12 Debut Records of the Year
2007 - 2008 Strathmore Music Hall Artist-In-Residence
2008 Finalist Paste Magazine / Cayamo Singer Songwriter contest
2007, 2008 Performing Songwriter Top 12 DIY
Luke Brindley is arguably the most promising singer/songwriter to emerge from the Washington, DC area in years. With his new EP Five Songs, the New Jersey raised DC-based artist affirms his relevance among leading young singer/songwriters. The EP follows on the heels of his highly praised, self-titled record called “one of the best roots-rock records of the year” by The Washington Post.

Luke has released four critically acclaimed albums in the last five years, garnering praise from numerous national publications. Equally at home on the stage, The Washington Times says of his live performance “no song goes untouched by the energy an pure infectious joy of Luke’s performance...a mastery of pop songcraft and stagecraft.”

In the last year he won a 2008 Washington Area Music Association award for Best Contemporary Folk Album of the Year and was a finalist in the 2008 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, the 2008 Paste / Cayamo singer/songwriter Contest, the 2008 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, a 2007- 2008 Artist in Residence at the Strathmore Center, 2007 and 2008 Performing Songwriter Top 12 DIY, and more.

Luke is not your typical rock star. Though he appears to have all of the ingredients included in the modern recipe; young, good looking, rebel dress and incredible talent, his music draws from another time - it is reminiscent of artists some decades ago who focused on the timeless art of songwriting.

When asked about his influences he names artists from the classic singer/songwriter pantheon such as Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison, the straight-forward American songwriters like Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt and Paul Westerberg, the elegance of Nick Drake and early Bruce Cockburn, the rawness and simplicity of early American and guitar work of D’Gary, Michael Hedges and Ali Farka Toure and also authors and poets like Thomas Merton, Rilke, James Wright, and Rumi.

Married to his high school sweetheart (a la Bono and fellow Jersey born rocker Jon Bon Jovi), compassion and the challenge of keeping love alive in a modern and dangerous world are recurring themes in Luke’s music and his life. His life-long pursuit of music has led him to travels in West Africa, Brazil and Eastern Europe and consistent touring across the country. He studied guitar at Rutgers with Ken Wessel, guitarist with free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, and built his main guitar himself. Luke and his brothers own Jammin’ Java, a 200-seat music club named one of the Top 100 Clubs by Pollstar Magazine.

No, definitely not typical.

Inspired by the early Motown recordings and the classic 70’s singer/songwriters records, his self-titled 2007 release was recorded live in the studio with minimal overdubs in only three days. The result is “a well-crafted and fairly seamless production, a collection of tunes that consistently makes the most of Brindley’s raspy voice, soulful delivery and impressive guitar work”, says The Washington Post. The Brindley Brothers' 2004 release on Paste Records, Playing With the Light, was hailed by The Washington Post as “magical...a pop/rock early contender for one of the best albums of 2004” and was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 12 Debut Records of 2004. Filled With Fire, released in July 2006, produced by Jim Ebert (Matthew Ryan, Butch Walker) was called “a sterling example of mature musicianship” by The Washington Post.

Luke is currently in the studio recording new material.