“Michael and I have always been inspired by film composers like Thomas Newman. As we started The Brevet and writing songs, those influences started coming out. I think that’s why our music has been labeled as ‘Epic Americana’,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Aric Chase Damm of Southern California-based band THE BREVET. Their new EP EMBERS (release date: August 5, 2016) is a perfect representation of that, replete with sweeping orchestral Americana, unforgettable choruses and emotive lyrics that capture and captivate. Preorders for Embers kicked off on Friday here: https://t.co/lHHqZcVmEz just as the band was getting ready to take the stage at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
Launching with the pastoral “Meet Me in The Night,” Embers is five tracks of gritty vocals, propulsive rhythms and melodies that go on for days, telling stories of love – both lost and gained, which goes along quite well with the title. “Although it is defined as a smoldering fire or a fire on its way out it, we look at embers as the last chance to reignite that fire. To bring it back to life,” adds Michael Jones (backing vocals/piano). “That’s how we define the title and the album track… finding a love that you had not expected, a love that brings your heart back to life.” The soaring ballad “Hold On” is equally as powerful, with Damm explaining, “‘Hold on’ is one track that’s pretty close to my heart. I wrote that song when I was contemplating continuing this career and path with these guys. There is a line in that song ‘hold on to me”‘ and most think it’s meant in a romantic way. That line is meant to literally mean hold on to the pieces that make you you. Don’t lose sight of that.”
The heart-wrenching first single “Be Your Man” (“a story of life and love at its most stripped down form”) is paired with a crowd-sourced video in which live footage was submitted by fans and compiled into an arresting video, displaying the band’s organic reach with their audience. “All of ‘Be Your Man’ video was either shot by us or by fans during our most recent run of the east coast,” he says. “It’s really cool to have these clips of the song come in. Hopefully it says we have some great people and fans in our life!” The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/qaaZsRJ8JAg
Officially formed in 2012, Damm and Jones started making music together when they attended grade school in Irvine, CA writing songs on guitar and piano. While attending different colleges they continued their passion for music writing scores for student films and worked together during summers. The film work is where the band’s passion for big, sweeping, cinematic sound was born. Eventually both Damm and Jones moved to Los Angeles and added drummer David Aguiar and bassist Ben Ross to The Brevet. The group is completely rooted in self-enterprise. As a true DIY band, they are self-produced and recorded all music to date on their own, even in a mobile home.
The grassroots build for The Brevet’s music grew as they began getting attention for their sound with licensing agencies and music supervisors. Their music has been heard on TV Shows and Films such as Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s The Good Lie (Warner Bros.), Ashby (Paramount Pictures), American Idol (FOX), NCIS (CBS), 90210 (The CW), Growing Up Fisher (NBC), The MLB Network, ESPN, and many more. The Brevet has played a number of large musical festivals and events such as SXSW, FloodFest, LIVE at Sunset Marquis, and The Rock Boat festival.
Performing this Summer throughout the US on festivals with more dates to be announced, The Brevet are looking forward to the launch of their EP Embers. “We are playing some great festivals – Summerfest, Musikfest, Goosenecks Music Festival,” Damm concludes. “We can’t wait to see what this year holds. Looking forward to getting on the road… and can’t wait to see fans singing some of our songs with us.”
The Brevet is Aric Chase Damm (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Jones (backing vocals, piano), David Aguiar (backing vocals, drums), and Ben Ross (bass, backing vocals). Embers will be released on August 5, 2016.