Indie Power Popper BRETT NEWSKI Pens New Album in Sri Lanka and Wisconsin

There’s something unorthodox about the indie-pop songs of singer/songwriter and full-time nomad BRETT NEWSKI. Yet, underneath the 3-minute songs, 4-note melodies and odd ball lyrics lie eyes that have seen things – from asking “Would you like fries with that” to touring tirelessly across Europe in a car called (unironically) “Chuck Ragan the Car”, to dodging komodo dragons while trying to write his latest independently released album LAND, AIR, SEA, GARAGE (release date: November 1, 2016).  And to kick off the release of this record, he’s hitting the road, including a handful of dates joining Violent Femmes on the West Coast. (dates below)

Instead of charging at the music industry through the front door with a label deal (or with a bulldozer on a reality competition show), he toughed it out, avoiding the “American Dream” at all costs. Sans label, instrument endorsements, or even a heavy-hitting manager who could hook him up with dream collaborations, like McCartney or Dylan, Newski instead took to the road with a couple of bucks and became a nomad. He found inspiration (and paid gigs) in Vietnam, South Africa, Germany, and (gasp) Wisconsin to write this album, Land, Air, Sea, Garage – his second. “The album is about diving into the world with no safety net and landing on your feet,” he says.

Land, Air, Sea, Garage was recorded at a surf camp in (literally) the Sri Lankan jungle (where it wasn’t uncommon for him to glance out the window of his hut and spot a komodo dragon foraging for its next meal) and at the equally exotic locale of Madison, Wisconsin. It was produced by Brett Newski and The Danimal except “Mind At Large” which was produced by Victor Delorenzo of Violent Femmes and will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2016.

Land Air Sea Garage: US

21 Oct Pomona, CA Fox Theater w/ Violent Femmes
23 Oct San Diego, CA Observatory North Park w/ Violent Femmes
24 Oct Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre w/ Violent Femmes
03 Nov Racine, WI George’s Tavern
04 Nov Madison, WI The Frequency
05 Nov Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
06 Nov Chicago, IL Uncommon Ground
10 Nov Burnsville, MN The Garage
11 Nov Minneapolis, MN The Warming House
12 Nov Rock Island, IL Rozz Tox
13 Nov Des Moines, IA The Basement – Des Moines Social Club
14 Nov Cedar Falls, IA Cedar Valley House Concerts
15 Nov Cedar Rapids, IA Mad Modern
17 Nov Newport, KY Southgate House Revival Room
18 Nov Toledo, OH Fleetwood’s Taproom
19 Nov Pittsburgh, PA Black Forge Coffee House
20 Nov Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
22 Nov Appleton, WI Stone Cellar Brewpub
23 Nov Bloomington, IL Castle Theatre
01 Dec New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
03 Dec Boston, MA Cafe 939
04 Dec Philadelphia, PA Bourbon & Branch

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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