Sweetbred is a band on a mission. A mission to bring honest music to the masses, to put on exhilarant live shows for the escapist, and to make fertile albums for the ardent. Sweetbred is a new take on old ideas, an anomalous blend of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk with a lil twang that we call Polymorphic Mountain Rock.
Sweetbred is the musical offspring of Brian Marks and Matt Brady. They met in music theory class in 2004 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. There they majored in music with fellow Sweetbred member Josh Schaffer. After college they spent a year in San Diego, working as the Sweetbred Band with some CA cats, but San Diego just didn't feel like home. Brian and Matt moved to Boulder and brought in, CU Masters of Music student Josh Schaffer on saxophone. After auditioning several drummers, they eventually picked up David Clifford (Davey Cliffy) on the drums in late 2011. Since then Sweetbred has been playing various venues, bars, and festivals, throughout Colorado.
Brian Marks started playing guitar at the age of seven . He grew up on his father's music: the Beatles, Zeppelin, SRV, Allman Brothers, and the Band, among many others. He progressed very quickly and in high school he discovered Phish, Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks, and alike. In high school Brian's band, Redmeat, won first place in the Barrington High School Battle of the Bands.
In 2003 Brian moved to Durango, Colorado where he decided to major in Music at Fort Lewis College. There, he went past being a guitarist and became a musician. He became the principal guitarist in the FLC Jazz Ensemble, was leader of a Jazz Combo, won two awards for Outstanding Musicianship at the 2009 Reno Jazz Festival and was given the title of Jazz Studies Graduate of the Year at FLC that same year. At the same time Brian formed some successful projects like: M- Theory and the Sweats.
Marks and Brady would jam between and after classes. Marks loved Brady's voice, and had a eureka moment where he realized he didn't have to sing lead anymore and brought him to sing for the Sweats. Brian and Matt went to visit some family in San Siego and while walking into a Karl Denson show at the Belly Up they decided after graduation, they would move to San Diego and start another band together. Well, they missed Colorado greatly and moved to the Boulder area after a year out in California and are so happy to be back. Josh Schaffer, whom they played here and there with at FLC was getting his Masters in Music on Saxophone at CU Boulder and snagged him up for sax and some keyboards for the project. Matt picked up the bass too, as they got tired of auditioning bass players. The boys found a drummer by the name of David Clifford through an acquaintance and Sweetbred was born.