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Screaming dancing stark raving naked mad with the windows open, Brazos The Rat is an electrical storm of layered energy in an array of pop-formulaic melodies and words bristling with accompanying rhythm of driving intensity. Evolving throughout several years and parallel projects of interest, studied and experienced drummer Michael Murphy and guitarist/singer/songwriter Brian Yoder finally found a connection beyond friendship in the form of sharing the creative (and sometimes destructive) process.
Running nearly everything on stage through a three-track loop pedal, Murphy and Yoder carefully build each layer of several of their tracks in real-time, crafting a fullness scarce found in the two-piece sound. While on other tracks the sheer voltage of their stage presence and commitment to the audience carries the stripped-down guitar/drums/vocals sound far enough that Yoder’s cynical, yet optimistic hard-truth lyrical gymnastics can be truly heard.
Anyone who gets their jollies from a passionate and energetic live show, as well as those who like to get a little dirt on their explorative emotional shovels when digging through an artist’s narrative and personal intention will surely be full enough to loosen up the belt a notch after a proper introduction.