Adam Bricks * Bart Maloney & The Belmont Five * Cavern HymnalRudyard's British PubOctober 03, 2014 10:00 PM
2010 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77006
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Adam Bricks (Houston, TX)
If youre not familiar with the work of Adam Bricks, it’s not your fault; he can’t sit still for long. This Houston songwriter has been chasing answers for most of his life, spending years around the south crafting a voice he went on to use throughout New York and as far afield as Tel Aviv. A certain connection with the people and places of the world can be found at the core of his songs, universal truths meandering throughout lyrical observations. For all the miles traveled on his journey toward finding this songwriting voice, greater still were the amount of hours spent on nights crafting his talent among the numbers of his ilk. Years of immersion amongst New York’s anti-folk scene and Sidewalk Cafe’s historic open mic nights propelled him through three EP’s of his early material. An increasing desire to spread his wings, and the distinct realization that there was more to be written about his roots, brought him from the burrows of Brooklyn back home to Houston.
The result is ‘City Songs,’ a sweetly scored track-record of life thus far. Houston had its first substantial taste of Bricks when the single Kristmas was released over the winter. Its understated arrangement is a testament to feel of the resulting full length … . the performances are front and center on full display, letting Brick’s lyrics speak directly to you. The time he spent sewing his songwriting seeds is apparent from the first track of acoustic guitar layered goodness; you hear shades of Dylan-esque story telling throughout, from the tight opening arrangements to the jangly loose ‘On Your Doorstep.’ There’s even the plodding thump recalling Jeff Tweedy on ‘Waiter’s Song,’ an honest ode to the working folk just trying to get by and make things happen. Bricks has put a lot of miles and plenty of work into what has become his debut full length offering, and he’s making a strong argument for membership to the league of modern American songwriters. - Aaron Echegaray
“Adam Bricks looks like another heir to Houston’s tradition of talented storytellers packing acoustic guitars. City Songs, the Bellaire High School grad’s brand-new full-length album, is a ramshackle yet tuneful suite of songs dedicated to Houston itself, and flashes bits of rootsy charm and pop smarts.” - Chris Gray (Houston Press)
Adam Bricks has a fascinating voice. Not a “pretty” voice, mind you. It’s casual and conversational but not lacking color. He sometimes sings a bit behind the beat, which gives his songs a sauntering feeling that is warm and inviting. He has a brilliant collection of new tunes called “City Songs” that puts that voice and his lyrics in a roomy setting that never once leans toward excess, even when he dials in the brass. He’s bright with a lyric, too, and more than occasionally funny as well as poignant as he is in one of my favorite lines: “I’ve been as lonely as a fish in a tank.” - Andrew Dansby (Houston Chronicle)
Darrin Bradbury (Ridgewood, NJ)
"Darrin Bradbury is as restless as he sounds, almost animalistic in his magnetic sense of place, captivating his desire to describe what he sees. His writing takes you to people, signage, to fingers, dirty knees and toes, through the drainpipe, but always back to the road.
In a song, Darrin describes his best friends as cigarettes. He sees the subtler path we leave behind, the stories we tell, puffs of smoke as stories unfolding. Stories don’t always tell themselves, and he loves interpreting as much as he likes taking them in. The beauty of an ugly cigarette is in the breath.
He sees stories as the stuff of roots. His roots look like roads. And there’s no road without purpose. Stories are made of purpose, and I think that’s what Darrin’s music explores. “Let’s Get Stoned and Go to The Zoo,” the amazingness and sometimes-absurdity of having a purpose when the world is strange and tough. People have to travel the hard way, with the weight of their bodies and baggage in tow. Darrin travels almost exclusively by car. He draws pictures with his wheels all over the continental map, leaving a trail of smoke. People remember Darrin, he probably remembers a lot of them too.
One could be tempted to see New York City’s main feeder zone, the lightning bolt-shaped land of New Jersey, Bradbury’s home state, as sort-of a Mecca of capitalism in this country. The road’s through it. The density, the people, it’s a magnet. But Darrin has had the guts to leave and the humility to return over and over, and throughout, as he lives and dreams, he works on telling stories about roots and roads and the stuff making us continue to drive around like we do. He speaks American Post-folk English, and it’s actually a great dialect.”
Cavern Hymnal (Houston, TX)
Cavern Hymnal is a folk-rock band from Houston. Led by Mary Kate Spawn, the group writes great songs and delivers engaging live shows. The band is currently working on an EP to be released this summer.
"Their music was an amalgam of indie rock and folk. The strumming vibrated off the walls and floor, up your legs, and into your skull. Cavern Hymnal played a trick however. Indie Folk music carries a certain vibe of relaxation and calm. Sharespace was well into its beer when the last song played, slow and melodic, relaxing almost, but then came a crescendo of drums and guitar like a splash of water. End on a high note? Sure, why not." - Free Press Houston