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My Double, My Brother

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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"Featured Artist "My Double, My Brother""

Now and again you might feel the urge to listen to music about broken relationships and teenage dreams but sometimes you need a change in melody; something with substance. My Double, My Brother provides just that in the form of an interesting mix between mellow indie tunes and the inspiration of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire and his poem “To the Reader.”

Joel Hasemeyer is quite the fan of Baudelaire and uses the conclusion of the poem to connect with the band’s overall goal for its music. “I really like [Baudelaire’s] idea of the space between the artist and viewer becoming prevalent. However, while Baudelaire seems to be a lot more confrontational in his approach, I think for us it is more of an invitation to our listener. It’s an invitation to come into our lives and to come into our various experiences and through that, maybe we can enter into our listener’s life,” says Hasemeyer.

Don’t worry, this band isn’t a group of musical and poetic hipsters trying to tell you how to live life via Baudelaire. My Double, My Brother simply invokes the use of written art to inspire its own purely melodic music, creating such oddly optimistic tunes for your listening pleasure. Because of this, the group easily fits into all sorts of venue spots.

From festivals to dive bars, My Double, My Brother is passionate about spreading its music everywhere. “We like to play music wherever people like us to play music. We hope to bring lots of energy to our shows [to match] a certain type of intimacy and honesty in our performance. Our sound is a sort of eclectic, alternative indie rock. We use lots of different instrumentation and have lots of different percussive sounds mixed with vocal harmonies,” says Hasemeyer.

The band’s next performance will be on stage of the ever popular venue Back to the Grind with a few other indie bands. But before that rolls around, check out My Double, My Brother’s YouTube channel to get a taste of what the band’s performances are all about. While you view various live and “re-imagined” videos of various songs, I’m going to give them a thumb up for the use of a glockenspiel. (Ashley Bennett)

My Double, My Brother with Preacher’s Sons, Paulie Pesh and The Lawlands at Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-0800; www.back2thegrind.com. Fri, March 30. 8pm. - Inland Empire Weekly


"Featured Artist "My Double, My Brother""

Now and again you might feel the urge to listen to music about broken relationships and teenage dreams but sometimes you need a change in melody; something with substance. My Double, My Brother provides just that in the form of an interesting mix between mellow indie tunes and the inspiration of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire and his poem “To the Reader.”

Joel Hasemeyer is quite the fan of Baudelaire and uses the conclusion of the poem to connect with the band’s overall goal for its music. “I really like [Baudelaire’s] idea of the space between the artist and viewer becoming prevalent. However, while Baudelaire seems to be a lot more confrontational in his approach, I think for us it is more of an invitation to our listener. It’s an invitation to come into our lives and to come into our various experiences and through that, maybe we can enter into our listener’s life,” says Hasemeyer.

Don’t worry, this band isn’t a group of musical and poetic hipsters trying to tell you how to live life via Baudelaire. My Double, My Brother simply invokes the use of written art to inspire its own purely melodic music, creating such oddly optimistic tunes for your listening pleasure. Because of this, the group easily fits into all sorts of venue spots.

From festivals to dive bars, My Double, My Brother is passionate about spreading its music everywhere. “We like to play music wherever people like us to play music. We hope to bring lots of energy to our shows [to match] a certain type of intimacy and honesty in our performance. Our sound is a sort of eclectic, alternative indie rock. We use lots of different instrumentation and have lots of different percussive sounds mixed with vocal harmonies,” says Hasemeyer.

The band’s next performance will be on stage of the ever popular venue Back to the Grind with a few other indie bands. But before that rolls around, check out My Double, My Brother’s YouTube channel to get a taste of what the band’s performances are all about. While you view various live and “re-imagined” videos of various songs, I’m going to give them a thumb up for the use of a glockenspiel. (Ashley Bennett)

My Double, My Brother with Preacher’s Sons, Paulie Pesh and The Lawlands at Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-0800; www.back2thegrind.com. Fri, March 30. 8pm. - Inland Empire Weekly


"Music Review: My Double, My Brother"

Enduring a glacial Los Angeles evening, over a hundred students huddled together in an amphitheater on Biola University’s campus to demonstrate their loyalty to Biola-based band My Double, My Brother. Previously named “The Fragrance,” the band was formed in 2007 by four music majors and frontman Joel Hasemeyer. Since then, they have become a regular installment in the Biola community, but have also toured all over California and the Midwest. The show was a release party for their first full-length album, What We Found Beneath The Ground, and after opening sets by Paulie Pesh and Boris Smile, they played the album from start to finish. Their performance was tight and well rehearsed, and the musicianship was outstanding. Evan Eliason on fretless bass provided a solid backbone to Matthew Bushyeager’s energetic and creative drumming. Linzy Spann showed great technical expertise on both keys and accordion, and Andy Leong’s well-placed guitar melodies complimented Joel’s rhythm guitar and lead vocals flawlessly. They sang of parades and rivers one moment to loss and redemption the next, making poignant statements about suffering and enduring hope. The songs were never heavy-handed in their delivery, though, as the band seemed to ask as many questions as they answered.

Though What We Found does not stray from what they have already established musically, it does show the band taking large strides toward something unique and imaginative. This is due in part to their experimentation with texture and form, but it is likely that the main reason they are able to achieve such prowess early on is the irrefutable creativity of every member, each of whom contribute to the songwriting with equal fervor and poise. This makes for a full, mature sound that, along with superb post production, is strong enough to support their substantial songwriting. What makes the songs—and the band—distinct is their insatiable energy. It is present from the start of the album until the very end, punctuated with well-placed moments of quiet openness, as in the stunning “Seed in the Shadow,” or in the opening verses of “They Built Them All To Last” and “The Morning.” This intensity is present in both the writing and the execution, though it seems to suggest an even greater amount of energy veiled beneath its surface. They have much more to give, and are only beginning to flex their muscles as musicians and as performers. Showing such sincerity and potential in their first efforts is a good sign, and if Arcade Fire’s recent Grammy Award domination is any indication of the current musical environment into which they are entering, their determination will pay off. - The 138 Collective


"My Double My Brother - What We Found Beneath the Ground"

After meeting through their university's music program in 2007, the members of what is now My Double, My Brother originally formed under the band name The Fragrance. They began leading music in their school's chapel, but it wasn't long until they felt the desire to write and record their own material - and they did: several EPs. However, the band soon shifted in direction, changed their name, and eventually released their debut full-length, "What We Found Beneath The Ground", early in 2011.

My Double, My Brother play the kind of indie rock that's all the rage at the moment due to successes of Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons. As you'd expect from a band from the west coast of California, their sound reflects the warming, uplifting nature of their state, and it draws in fairly equal measure the optimistic styles of the likes of Dear And The Headlights, the spiritual folk-y style of mewithoutYou and Mumford & Sons, while the vocals sound staggeringly similar to Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra.

While My Double, My Brother are ultimately doing little, if nothing, to separate themselves from the likes of the aforementioned bands, "What We Found Beneath The Ground" is a good listen nonetheless. It smacks of it being their debut in that there's some degree of inconsistency throughout; some songs are really good, whereas others are merely solid. It's no coincidence that some of the best songs are also some of the most energetic and uplifting. The layers of energetic folk-y instruments in "The Parade" make it one of the better songs because of its energy, while "We Watched It Burn" has shades of 90s indie about it with its opening riff, but eventually grows from that with the use of a chorus of "woaaahs". Inversely, those 'solid' efforts are usually the slower songs such as "They Built Them All To Last" and "The Land That Drinks The Rain", which are certainly not bad, but they lack the same character that seems to come so naturally to the faster efforts.

This folk/indie sound has exploded recently with the Grammy success of Arcade Fire and the mainstream explosion of Mumford & Sons, so there is obvious potential here, especially considering how capable My Double, My Brother prove themselves to be over the course of the album. They are not yet on their way to such heights, nor are they about to distinguish themselves from the pack, but, despite the drawbacks to "What We Found Beneath The Ground", there is something instantly likeable and warming about My Double, My Brother. - RockFreaks


"My Double My Brother - What We Found Beneath the Ground"

The Orange County-based quintet My Double, My Brother recently released its debut LP, What We Found Beneath The Ground. The fivesome connected while attending Southern California’s BIola University, through the college’s music program, and began performing under the moniker, “The Fragrance.” Under this name, the band released a few EPs and toured a bit, but after a few musical shifts, the trained musicians not only had a new LP, but a new name as well. Listening to the record, it is evident that the band members studied music. The sound is so tight and technical that it is hard to believe this is a freshman effort. Calling on the usual indie suspects—guitar, bass, keys, drum, vocals—My Double, My Brother has released a solid folk/indie album that drips with Mumford and Sons and Arcade Fire influences, while maintaining its own sound that will surely create buzz in the blogosphere. - Katrina Nattress - the deli


"My Double My Brother - I Only Dream of Places Now"

It's always nice when someone alerts you to a new emerging talent, especially when their sound is as encouraging as LA's My Double, My Brother. The band recently sent over their single and I really didn't know what to expect. In the end I was pleasantly surprised to hear one of the best indie tracks I've heard in a long time.
'I Only Dream of Places Now' is a wonderful mix of beautiful melodies, thought provoking lyrics and excellent production values. Add on top of that the lead singer's soothing yet unusual vocal style and you've got a seriously sweet tune. There are clear quality influences here from the likes of Arcade Fire, Bombay Bicycle Club, Real Estate and so on. If that sounds like your thing then i've got good news...My Double, My Brother have decided to give this single away for FREE so grab it asap from the player below. If you like what you hear, then head on over to Bandcamp to check out their full length album 'What We Found Beneath The Ground'. Keep your eye out for more from these guys. - The HotBox


Discography

LP: "What We Found Beneath The Ground"

Single: "I Only Dream Of Places Now"

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Bio

My Double, My Brother is an alternative indie band based in Los Angeles, California. The members met through their university music program during their early years of college and it was there they developed their distinct note-by-note orchestration and songwriting process. In those early days they recorded several EPs and played many shows, both locally and nationally.

After a few shifts in direction the band began working on their first full-length album in 2010, retaining some of their earlier sounds and expounding on deeper musical themes and ideas. They released What We Found Beneath the Ground in March 2011 to a warm reception from the blogosphere where they garnered comparisons to artists such as Fleet Foxes and Arcade Fire.

The band is currently working on new material in their LA studio for a new full-length record, due out Fall 2013.

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