The Sumner Brothers

The Sumner Brothers

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandAmericanaAlternative

Praise for I'LL BE THERE TOMORROW
Hearya.com - "smacks you right across the face as if to say, “Hey dumbass, wake up."
The Georgia Straight - "best of Vancouver 2012", "a triumph"
The Province - Top 10 of 2012 - "a standout", "Country meets folk (Townes Van Zandt-style) meets rock"

Biography

In the words of Bruce Springsteen, “Nothing feels better than blood on blood”. Brothers and front-men Brian and Bob Sumner share a bond that requires no flattery - a family pact that keeps their music honest and authentic. Their upcoming release I Love You, Smile. holds true to what their devoted fans around the world know and love: the raw grit of steel string guitar and banjo, the lonesome hum of a harmonica, Bob’s haunting tenor croon, the devastatingly low baritone of brother Brian. This collision of sound forms the beautifully twisted roots of The Sumner Brothers.

In the summer of 2006 The Sumner Brothers transformed their garage into a recording studio and created In The Garage, the DIY record that would change their lives. The album became an underground sensation, garnering the attention of future collaborator Sam Parton (The Be Good Tanyas) and charting in the top 10 for Folk/Roots/Blues on Canadian College Radio.

With a suddenly fired-up fan-base and a sprawling tour schedule, The Sumner Brothers released their Self Titled Debut in 2008. They created an alt-country gem - a live off the floor recording set in a tiny cabin on Galiano Island. Attracting throngs of admirers, the album placed in The Province Newspaper’s 2008 top ten list and Herohill.com’s top 20. “Girl in the Window” won Best Alt-Country Song
at the 9th Annual IMA’s and “Ticket to Ride” was included in Music BC’s 2010 compilation.

In 2010, the brothers released a follow-up to their underground record In The Garage titled In The Garage II - Your Last Chance. Like its predecessor, the album digs deep into the Sumner Brothers archives of recorded material. In The Garage II is at times intimate, rowdy, odd and through and through magical. The record was featured in Slowcoustic’s top Canadian records of 2010 and received
4.5 stars from Americanrootsuk.com.

This fall welcomed the release of the brothers’ second studio effort, I'll Be There Tomorrow. The new release features guest performer Bill Patton (Fleet Foxes). The album also includes “Colorado Girl”, a track originally recorded for More
Townes Van Zandt, a compilation of Townes covers out of the U.K. featuring contributions from The Great Lake Swimmers, J. Tillman (Fleet Foxes), and Neal Casal (Ryan Adams).The Georgia Straight called it "a triumph" The Edmonton Sun referred to it as "some of the finest alt-country north of the 49th parallel." and Americanarootsuk.com (former Maverick writer) gave the record 5 stars and wrote "I wouldn't be at all surprised if this 5 star album ends up in my top 20 all time"

The Sumner Brothers have opened for such acts as Sean Hayes (San Francisco), Hillstomp (Portland), The Deep Dark Woods (Saskatoon) and have shared the stage with Vancouver heavies C.R. Avery and Rich Hope. They tour Canada, the United States and have recently begun talks with a U.K booking agency.

Lyrics

Ticket To Ride

Written By: Bob Sumner

It was fifteen below with the wind chill
No kind of time to be sleeping outside
But when you don’t got a job and you don’t got no money
You don’t got nothing to hide,
I stole a gun
And I am going to steal a ticket to ride

I’m gonna’ ride that big black train up to the spotted sky
I’m gonna’ ride that big black train to where you never die
And I ain’t gonna’ hurt no more, I ain’t gonna’ hurt no more

My daddy was a veteran of Nam
Lost a leg back in 69’
Most every night he’d just lie awake
Seeing things to make a grown man cry
My mama said son, “your daddy’s gonna’ buy a ticket to ride.
He’s gonna’ ride that big black train up to the spotted sky,
He’s gonna’ ride that big black train to where you never die.
And he ain’t gonna’ hurt no more, he ain’t never gonna’ hurt no more.”

Judas betrayed the one he loved
Betrayed him with a kiss
For a sack of gold all soaked in blood
He traded it all in
Judas said tonight
“Im gonna’ buy a ticket to ride.
I’m gonna’ ride that big black train up to the spotted sky,
I’m gonna’ ride that big black train to where you never die.
And I ain’t gonna’ hurt nobody no more, I ain’t never gonna’ hurt nobody no more.”

Jesus said “Lord take that cup from me if there be any other way”
The Lord said “Son you know my will, that cup is why you came”
Jesus said “alright then, then I am gonna’ buy a ticket to ride.
“I’m gonna’ ride that big black train up to the spotted sky,
I’m gonna’ ride that big black train to where you never die.
And you ain’t gonna’ hurt no more, you ain’t gonna’ hurt no more.”

Discography

I'll Be There Tomorrow
Release date: Sept. 2012

In The Garage II - Your Last Chance
Release date: June. 2010

The Sumner Brothers (self titled LP)
Release date: Sept. 2008

In The Garage
Release date: Sept. 2006