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Minneapolis musician Brian Cristofono’s music was once described by a local music critic as “U2 and Green Day had a baby.” He says “don’t call it brit pop/punk” instead he prefers to just call it rock
“Before You Go” is the debut album by Minneapolis musician Brian Cristofono. Engineered by Peter Anderson of Polara and recorded at Flower’s Studios in Minneapolis, the album features the talent of Michael Bland (Soul Asylum, Prince) on drums, mixed by Andy Thompson (Jeremy Messersmith, Dan Wilson), and produced by Jonathan Smith (Bubble Math).
Brian first began writing music in high school soon after he and two friends started a brit pop/punk band called The Drive . After several years together the trio slowly began ascended the Minneapolis music scene. Following the surprising international response to their second release “FM”, The Drive signed with London management firm EML (European Management Limited) and soon released their third album “Too Damn Wasted”. The following tour debuted the group’s music to international crowds in cities such as London, Hamburg, Amsterdam, and Berlin.
Wanting to take his music in a new direction Brian began writing what would become his debut solo album “Before You Go”. The songs on the album were inspired by experiences from both his personal life as well as his professional life as an inner city firefighter/paramedic. The songs are a stark look at the human emotion at it’s most vulnerable moments. Long time friend and fellow Drive band mate Jeff Ringate also appears on the album both on bass and back up vocals. This is Jeff’s first recording since surviving the devastating 35W bridge collapse in which he was seriously injured. Jeff’s passionate influence on the record can be can be heard in each note played and each lyric sung.
“Before You Go” will be available on itunes, Amazon, and rhapsody. With a tour scheduled for the U.S this winter and European dates in the works for mid 2013, Brian plans to once again bring his music to both sides of the pond.