Since emerging in 2008 with their debut Old World Lies EP, the Vancouver based sextet has moved away from what might have been a comfort-zone in creating purely cinematic or melodramatic music, into deeper channels that has seen the band making dramatic leaps over the past three years. This trend was made apparent with the 2010 release of their widely praised debut LP, Mt. Chimaera.
At a fundamental level Brasstronaut are good friends who find inspiration and cohesion through the seeming disparity of their individual influences. Their ability to weave unexpected textures of clarinet, slide-guitar, trumpet, noise, synthesizers, voice and rhythms into cohesive songs has garnered them international acclaim from notable critics such as Gilles Peterson, BBC1, CBC Radio3, Exclaim!, Q Magazine, Toronto Star, to name a few. Other achievements include winning the 2010 Socan Echo Prize, a Polaris Prize nomination, a #1 Hype Machine listing, and also having completed a creative residency program at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts. The UK's Independent newspaper has even called the band's sound "a new way forward".
Their second full-length record, Mean Sun, was recorded and produced by Juno Award winning producer, Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, Kathryn Calder) and will be released in Canada in May, 2012 and in Europe in the fall, 2012.
Bryan Davies Flugel horn, Trumpet player
Edo Van Breemen Vocals, Piano, Synth
John Walsh Electric and Acoustic Bass
Brennan Saul Drums and percussion
Sam Davidson Clarinet, Electronic Wind Instrument
Tariq Hussain Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel
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