The Little Brother Band

The Little Brother Band

 Maple Ridge, British Columbia, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

The Counting Crows meet David Gray in the wilderness of Canada. The Little Brother Band's sound is an organic blend -- rooted in folk, our lyric-driven music includes flavours of rock, country, soulful blues, jazz, and Americana.

Biography

When Wes was invited up to sing with older brother Greg Reamsbottom (The Hairfarmers, Whole Lotta Led) at Whistler many years ago, someone jokingly referred to him as "Little Brother." The name stuck, and, seven years ago when the band was looking for a name, "The Little Brother Band" seemed a natural choice. Although the band has been actively playing since 2002, the current lineup has been in place since 2005, when the brother connection was reinforced with the addition of Davis on bass, brother of drummer Tyler.

The members of The Little Brother Band bring together a diverse collection of musical influences: folk, blues, rock, pop, country, soul, and jazz. Wes provides the pure and sometimes emotively raw vocal sound, acoustic guitar, and a knack for writing heartfelt and catchy lyrics, while Dan brings a soulful voice and some powerhouse bluesy lead guitar. Kelly adds an element of class and R&B to the band with her elegant keys and soulful saxophone. Tyler brings a touch of jazz with subtle pocket drumming and intuitive dynamics. Davis (White Chocolate), is equally comfortable playing tasty melodic fills and rock-solid, funky grooves.

Lower-Mainland based, The Little Brother Band has played gigs throughout southern B.C. Past shows have included Vancouver clubs (The Railway Club, The Backstage Lounge, The ROXY), theaters (The ACT in Maple Ridge, The Abbotsford Art Centre, The Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock), B.C. summer festivals (Kamloops' Music in the Park, Penticton Peachfest, White Rock Spirit of the Sea Fest, Tsawassen Sun Fest) and shows in Whistler and on Vancouver Island.

The Little Brother Band released their debut album, "Reflections," in late 2006. In summer of 2009, they achieved cross-Canada radio play with their single, "Not a Love Song." Their most recent effort, "Thicker Than Water," was released May 28th 2010 and the band is looking forward to a busy year of promoting their best work yet!

Lyrics

Reflections

Written By: Wes Reamsbottom

Well I'm standin' on the edge of a needle
Shadows shroud the way that I feel
Fumbling away from all these wounded mistakes
My mind screams at the lies I can't conceal.

In this farcical circus of egos
Your ferris wheels are churning greed
Could you step inside my skin, my self, my world
And see what it's like to be me.

(Chorus)
Cause I can't compete
With the lies you sing yourself to help you sleep
And I can't relate
With the perception of yourself while you're awake.

When your Carnival of Cool
Smashes its face against the floor
Well I'll trip over the shattered pieces
As you look up to catch the door

Well I guess you never knew
The guy you met with his guitar
But the mirror never lies though you disguise
Reflections, revealing who you are.

(Chorus)
But I can't complain
Though I feel as though your actions are to blame
And I can't decide
If it's those reflections of yourself you're trying to hide.

Take Away

Written By: Jared Reamsbottom

Foolish guy
For me to think that you would even try
To admit to yourself
That you might be in love
I aint your place to hide

Take away
I don't wanna play your take away
Well you get me home
Then it's touch and go
I don't wanna play your take away

Strong, I know
Strong enough that it barely shows
Maybe you'll always be
Just a rail to me
Baby I don't know

Take away
I don't wanna play your take away
Oh those garish eyes
That you dress in style
I don't wanna play your take away

Sounds to me
Sounds to me like you really care
But if I believed
All your reveries
I'd be a souvenier

Take away
I don't wanna play your take away
Like a restless ghost
In a dollhouse
I don't wanna play your take away

Take away
I don't wanna play your take away
Well it's another night
I can't dignify
So I guess we're gonna play some take away

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Discography

"Thicker Than Water" Full-length album released May 2010. Available through I-Tunes and CD Baby.

Single, "Not a Love Song," released across Canada in summer 2009.

"Reflections" Full-length album released August 2006. Available through I-Tunes, CD Baby. Streaming tracks on Garageband.com and iLike.

Set List

With over 30 original songs and at least that many covers, The Little Brother Band can create and adapt set lists to meet the needs of diverse venues, clientele, and events. A typical headline show includes two hour-long sets of mixed covers and originals. Covers include music by Ryan Adams, David Gray, The Band, Van Morrison, Eagles, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Allman Brothers, U2, CCR, Tragically Hip, and Amos Lee.