The Brew: A Garden in the Snow Release Party
The Brew: A Garden in the Snow Release Party – Brighton Music Hall – 11/4/2011
Words by Lauren Howland
Photos by Keith Foote & Lauren Howland
To help publicize the announcement of three different upcoming albums, The Brew held a CD release show last Friday in Boston at Brighton Music Hall. If any ambivalent followers were on the fence to attend—many jumped it—with promise of a promotional copy (with purchase of ticket) of the first CD of the three, A Garden in the Snow.
The band, consisting of lead vocalist Chris Plante on keys, Kelly Kane on drums, David Drouin on guitar, and Joe Plante on bass recently released the first CD of their 3-set “album experience,” (CD 1: A Garden in the Snow; CD 2: Light From Below; CD 3: Hard Enough to Break) coined the Triptych Experience, to add to their already respectable discography. The album, which comes after months of rumors circling the bands next steps, was announced on their new record label, Riverwood Records.
The Brew is not your average rock and roll band. The four members have been jamming together since what seems like the diaper years with an evolving sound that most new musicians only dream about. Originally from the Boston area, the group has now seen more than their fair share of the US—touring regularly—and for good reason. Their unique sound offers audiences a show full of high energy and raw performance. With fans that proudly flaunt they have been to more than 100+ shows the Brew has a magical supplement to their music that just keeps people coming back for more.
Brighton Music Hall stands high and mighty on a bustling corner of Allston in Boston. The venue used to be Harpers Ferry and has been alive and kicking since the early ‘70s with several iconic performers over the years including Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Bo Diddley, Maroon 5, Lee Perry, and the Dropkick Murphys. As the band came on late Friday night, fans continued to pile through the doors making their way up towards the front for the dance party that was sure to ensue. An energetic buzz filled the room before the music even began—a sure sign that these guys would perform their due diligence of rocking the house.
The Brew opened with the title track off the just released new album, “Garden in the Snow.” With just a taste of new sounds, the band then immediately kicked into an old favorite, “No Rest.” The melodic, yet progressive, tune allows Chris’ serene and, dare I say haunting, voice to shine and offers tremendous electric guitar riffs to complement. The tunes “Black Train” and “Lost” followed with Special Guest Matt Pynn on slide guitar. Just as the room grew warm from the continuous dancing and stronger than usual drinks from the bar, The Brew slammed into the rarely played “About to Funk”—a sure fire highlight for old school Brew fans that have been seeing them for years. The song starts off with heavy guitar and slows into a beautiful groove of poetic lyrics and emotional singing from Chris Plante. If his voice isn’t enough to make you feel something, the singers face contorts and moves with each word that finds itself flying out of his lips and into the air. His blonde hair swings and dances—almost to its own beat—as his fingers slam notes on the keyboard. There is something very tangible about his performance time and time again, and this in itself is one of the reasons there is such an air of respect around the band.
The rest of set went on with a mixture of new and old jams, real crowd pleasers, and a fun Led Zeppelin cover of “Going to California,” which will be featured on their second installment on the tri-release. The second set continued onward with a much slower feel, respectively. Kicking off the set with “Hunters Moon” guitarist David Drouin started the song with incredible finger playing and lighting riffs that progress into a dramatic but poppy musical experience. Other highlights from the set included the smooth “Eyes of the Giant” and the popular “Chance Reaching” off their older album Back to the Woods. Both of these radio friendly jams will surely stay with them through the years as they continue to showcase the viability of their music.
Just when you’d think that fans had to be winding down—legs tired from frantic dance moves and necks sore from constant head banging—the band encored with the disco era favorite, “Staying Alive.” For a brief moment in time it seemed as if disco lights could be seen blinking in the distance as shadows of overgrown afro’s crawled across the ceiling and walls.
Make sure to stay tuned as the band continues to release their second two albums and tour the east coast. If you want a change of pace, or three different changes of pace, check out their new three-album set, Tripcyth Experience, available online and through their website.