Timothy Bracken Complex

Timothy Bracken Complex

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Intelligent pop-rock shows and adventurous recordings are what defines the band. While the musical palate might shift, Tim's solid songwriting keeps everything unified.

Biography

Timothy Bracken is a mainstay of the DC music scene, recently returning to his hometown of Baltimore with his new album, Midnight In the Basement. Timothy has been known to deliver performances heralded by The Washington Post as "[definitive of] the genre of alternative pop", in addition to intimate acoustic sets, but his latest studio effort embodies an almost entirely electronic palate. Timothy's fans will recognize his usual wit and uncanny ear for arrangement wrapped in an organic-sounding mixture of drum loops, synths, and effects.

Timothy's first release, Disrepair, was nominated for 4 WAMMIES (Washington Area Music Association award) in 2005, including Best New Artist and Best Roots Rock Album. The album features sparse acoustic ballads, quirky folk, intelligent pop, one long lighter-waving guitar solo, and even some good old-fashioned noise. The album was produced independently by Tim; he recorded and played all the instruments himself (Toadfish Records 2004). Disrepair received positive reviews, including high marks from The Washington Post and Paste Magazine, who described the album as a collection of "brilliant alt-country".

Timothy is featured on the compilation, A Case For Case (Hungry For Music 2006), a tribute to the music of Peter Case, where he contributed two tracks: "Every Day Things" and "Turnin Blue." The project also features the likes of Richard Buckner (Timothy mixed Buckner's track, "Poor Old Tom"), Todd Snider, John Prine, Victoria Williams, and many other acclaimed songwriters. Timothy's music has been showcased on several other compilations, including the Diamond Cuts series ("Dugout"), and About A Girl (Donovan's "Clara Clairvoyant"). Tim was added to Washingtonian Magazine's list of 40 People Under 40 to watch in 2007.

Timothy has played drums, bass, and guitar for Mikal Evans, Mark McKay, Frank Hoier, and the Weber Brothers. Tim’s current band features Phoebus Spiliotopoulos (guitar), Desmond White (bass), and Rob LeBourdais (drums). Tim has performed solo and with these bands at various music venues including IOTA, Jammin Java, The State Theater (VA), Black Cat, Velvet Lounge, DC9, Rock N' Roll Hotel (DC), CBGB's, Mercury Lounge, Lakeside Lounge (NYC), Fletchers, El Rancho Grande, 8x10, Talking Head (Baltimore). Tim has been interviewed and invited to perform live on radio stations such as WAMU in DC, WTMD in Baltimore, and WFMU in New Jersey. He has also contributed live sets to several festivals and benefits such as Clarendon Day in Arlington, VA and Art on the Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

Discography

LP's: Midnight In the Basement (2009), Disrepair (2004).

Compilations: A Case For Case (Turnin' Blue, Everyday Things. Also mixed Richard Buckner's Poor Old Tom). About A Girl (Clara Clairvoyant).

Other artists: Mikal Evans (A Jailhouse...A Kingdom), Mark McKay (Vegas), Frank Hoier (Lovers and Dollars), June Star (Cora Belle, Sugarbird, Telegraph)

Set List

Current set list is mostly mid to up-tempo original alternative pop songs, including:

I'll Knock, Slightly Damaged, Leave Me Alone, Butterflies, Hooky Wooky (Lou Reed), Don't Believe Me, Blood In the Snow, Diary Page, Shot, Pop Life (Prince). Usually if we do a cover, it's either Lou Reed or Warren Zevon.