Seattle-based quartet BROKAW have confirmed several Summer performances where they will unleash their noise-rock antagonism upon the attending audiences.
Noisemongers BROKAW are regionally-infamous for their raging live performances, where the mic stand frequently invades the audience’s turf as much as the stage, while the band pummels the room with oppressively amplified riff mayhem. The band have just confirmed several hometown galas for the Summer months, including a Good To Die Records-sponsored afterparty for the city’s annual Capitol Hill Block Party on July 21st, as well as a support slot for local badasses Black Breath and Red Fang on August 8th. More shows will be announced in the coming weeks as the details are confirmed.
Led by Seattle rock lifers G. Stuart Dahlquist, Mike Henderson, Rick Troy, and Rich Medic, BROKAW is one of a breed of new groups that are paying heed to the mean, masculine sound of ’90s rock outfits like the Melvins and Hammerhead. They meld that pounding attack with the rumble of drone metal like Sunn O))) and the fury of hard rockers like Goatsnake (both of which Dahlquist has spent time with both on stage and in the studio). Mix in the influences of freeform jazz a la Miles Davis in the ’70s and the winking post-punk of The Fall and you get a sound unlike any other in the heavy rock world today.
BROKAW‘s debut full-length Interiors was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles) at Electrical Audio, the Chicago-based studio built and run by Steve Albini. A vital blast of fierce, literate rock, it’s a record that manages to bridge the sometimes cavernous divide between lovers of experimental, post-punk sounds and the fist pumping, devil horn flashing fans of metal.
Stream BROKAW’s entire Interiors LP via their Bandcamp page RIGHT HERE.
Live coverage, review copies of Interiors and interviews with BROKAW are available now via Earsplit PR.
“Brokaw spits out an updated version of the amped-up and agile ferociousness that labels like Alternative Tentacles and Touch & Go specialized in back in the ’90s.” – The Stranger
“Alas, the technology is still in progress for cosmic sojourns to the house that David Yow built, but stop-gap relief is here in the form of Brokaw.” – Seattle Weekly
BROKAW live shows:
7/21/2012 Comet Tavern – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party after-party w/ Monogamy Party
8/10/2012 Neumos – Seattle, WA w/ Red Fang, Black Breath
10/06/2012 Seattle Weekly REVERB Festival – Seattle, WA
Interiors Track Listing:
1. Ambulance Red
2. Berlin Heart
3. No Morphine Doctor
4. Politicians by the Pool
5. Terms of War
6. The Slide
7. Time Ain’t Now
8. You Didn’t Invent Sex
Stuart Dahlquist – bass
Mike Henderson – vocals
Rick Troy – guitars
Rich Medic – drums