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INTERVIEW: Söur Bruthers

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?


Can you talk to us more about your song “Better Days”?

This song is about staying strong and lifting yourself up in the tough times.  It might be dark days but just know that Better Days are coming around again.  Sometimes that might be hard to see when you are in the thick of things.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Dealing with some life challenges and ‘bouts of depression when writing this one.  I guess just self-motivation to look ahead having confidence in better times ahead.  But you might need to work find your way there – ie “looking for a way into the blue out of the grey”

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – what’s the story behind the title?

We had several concepts for album titles – but decided a self-titled album was best for the debut to introduce the SöurBruthers to the world.

How was the recording and writing process?

This was a complete DIY project.  The EP was recorded in basements, garages, hallways, etc – and mixed/produced in Bruther Bill’s (also the bass player) backyard studio (also known as Awesomewood Studios).  It was exhausting – as we learned recording techniques and how to use Pro Tools and recording software – largely by trial and error.  So took a bit longer, but worth the effort. 

What role does Chicago play in your writing?

Seems we have picked up much of the Midwestern Americana and Chicago blues (primarily from lead GTR player Mike) in the sound.  A bit of that Midwestern twang – not country music, just a touch of the twang to add to the Midwestern rock sound.

How has Foo Fighters and Audioslave influenced your music?

Two favorite bands of song-writing band member Tim – and most the rest of the Bruthers as well. We consider these great songwriting bands (Dave Grohl and Chris Cornell).  But the genre we play is largely different – so not sure how much of that influence could be heard in our music.

How did you get to balance the contrast between the dark and brightness in the lyrics?

Good times and bad times – guess it just depends on the mood of the day when the song theme comes to mind.  But probably the balance tends to be a bit more on the dark end of things.  Maybe we need to lighten up a bit. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Usually starts with a chord progression and melody just riffing from the guitar.  If I have something that sticks in my head for a while then it becomes a song idea.  Typically there is a mood to the melody, and a line or two of  lyrics just naturally pops out after a while with a natural fit with to the melody.  At that stage usually is the harder process of really taking that natural initial concept and creating a full theme and set of lyrics around it.  Often I do the writing while hiking, riding, running (I like to be outside for clarity of thought).  Often I am doing the lyrics away from the instrument as that distracts – and I can focus on what I want the song to say.

Any plans to hit the road?

In the works for summer 2018.  You can find us in Chicago/Milwaukee and LA until then.

What else is happening next in Sour Bruthers’ world?

Immediately up next we are looking forward to playing on Dec 15 with Drivin’N’Cryin’ which will be our official EP release.  We are also back working on EP #2.  We have quite a bit of material and hope to pump out a couple follow ups as soon as we can.  Next EP will feature some of our fan favorites that we did not get to for this EP such as “Devil’s Hand” and “She Don’t Live Here Anymore”. 




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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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