Opening with the Devoesque ‘Let’s Live’ which is all new wave rhythms and hand claps with catchy choruses, you think you have a handle on The Brady Harris band and their new platter ‘NOHO Calling’ (that’s North Hollywood to you and me!) But the next track ‘Raise a Glass’ is pure barrelhouse boozer blues of the soft country lament variety, all crisp shuffle snare and sweet guitar and piano solos . It could be 1am and the bourbon has run out without it being messy.
‘Better Late Than Never’ switches again – a somewhat restrained driving song highlighting some tasty instrumental breaks. With ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ we perhaps return to a template that is probably close to understanding the Brady Harris mindset a brilliant cover that retains the underlying menace of the song whilst pouring it through the filter of bluesy tight guitars and a great lead break where the band are clearly enjoying themselves.
‘The Noho Sound’ changes everything! Full of local acronyms and places in the lyrics, the music is a soft harmony driven doo-wop sitting on a crystal clear jazz guitar. Beautiful and definitely subversive.
And so it goes, this album unfolds further with each listen and it is a journey I highly recommend. There is a whole but each of the parts however short and succinct is different and equally attention-grabbing, right up to the brooding instrumental closer of ‘Battle of Swankershim’. Recommended.
March 23, 2018
Check out this nice feature on the BHB & NoHo Confidential at Popdose:
“Stellar…Imagine if the Beatles were from Texas”
–Keith Creighton, Popdose
“A wonderful, best-of-the-year worthy EP…this will be in your Top 10 for sure.”
–Allen Haber, PurePopRadio
"Another slice of unique Beatlesque-Americana... No need to keep this one confidential."
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"NoHo is the setting for the Brady Harris Band’s latest EP, NoHo Confidential, a Texas tornado — or at least a frisky breeze — of John Lennon and George Harrison-esque pop songs that will right likely appeal to a wide range of big sky music fans, including those of John Mayer, Wilco, Ben Folds, the Civil Wars and the Traveling Wilburys. Intoxicating originals are what you belly up to the bar band for. Forget Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines,” BHB’s ‘Mexico‘ has been my song of the summer; it’s the perfect soundtrack for a long hot night and ice cold margarita. ‘Blue‘ is an easy, breezy, jazzy affair that also goes nowhere fast for all the right reasons."
-Keith Creighton, Popdose
BAND BIO -
Hailing from North Hollywood, CA, the Brady Harris Band is a Rootsy-Beatlesque quartet big on harmonies, expensive chord changes and the occasional female cover version (Go-Gos, Blondie, Grace Jones,). “Stellar…Imagine if the Beatles were from Texas” is how Keith Creighton of Popdose describes their sound. Having played gigs up and down the Central and Southern California coast since releasing their critically acclaimed debut EP, NoHo Confidential (“A wonderful, best-of-the-year worthy EP…this will be in your Top 10 for sure.” –Alan Haber, PurePopRadio), the BHB are back with the full length follow-up, NoHo Calling. And ready rock the NoHo Sound anew.
Formed through LA musico connections, kindred bands and North Hollywood bars, the BHB first played a one-off gig to support Brady at a dingy bar on the industrial stretch of Burbank Blvd. Then the rehearsals continued and the setlist grew as did the gigs. John Adair handles lead guitar, harmony vocals and is the BHB’s in-house producer and multi-instrumentalist. It’s true, he has performed with George Thorogood, Slash, Vince Neil, and many others. Tall, dark and handsome and a devotee of cold showers. Band nickname: Dreamboat. Marc Bernal holds down the bottom end and also sings harmony. A Spaniard and die-hard FC Barcelona & Harry Potter fan, he can be frequently found at LA’s historic Wiltern Theater, working the stage and sound. Band nickname: Marcness. Steve Markowitz keeps the time on the kit and also sings harmony. He gets mistaken for Sandra Bullock's ex, and occasionally James Hetfield from Metallica. Fun fact: Steve’s dad sang the Scooby Doo theme. Band nickname: MacWizz. Brady sings, plays guitar and other stringed things. A former busker (London & Paris) Brady is a devotee of Mexican lagers and loves it when people play themselves in re-enactments on TV detective shows. He can be found watching Unsolved Mysteries re-runs from the early '90s on a TV from the early '90s in his Hollywood hovel. Band nickname: Brisket.
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