Branden Mann is a man who doesn't believe in a soul, but he writes from the place that if he could, he would call his soul. But what is a soul? A soul is supernatural and it can't be defined. We live here. We live in this world. Our soul is our experience. It's the blues. It's rock 'n' roll, it's a sad sack of country music... There's a rhythm to it. You feel it. You know it. It's already part of you. It is now. It is present. It gives you the things you already know, re-imagines them and leads you through the dissonance and resolve that live within every moment. This "soul" is not supernatural, it is in everyone and it is everyone, but it is real, it is here, it is now, it is me, and it's you.
The words you hear are real, and they come from a place you can't know - but somehow you've been there before. You understand and feel things, could it be empathy? Could it be sympathy? Could it be that you came up with the idea in the first place? There is anger, there are tears, there is hurt, there is rage, there is love, there is lust, there is confusion, there is resolution, there are feelings left unresolved. It's our experience and we're all made from the same stuff, so we shout out words and try to hit a target, and we miss every time. But we all know it works the same for all of us - so we fill in the blanks and create our world out of what we know, and experience now through the eyes of what we have already created, and we love each other every moment through understanding what we cannot understand, and understanding THAT we cannot understand.
Or it could just be that these chords and beats and words in their invisibility are only concepts and don't even exist.
Or maybe we just write music that sounds like music we like, and that's why people like it. Hm?
Branden Mann has been influenced by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Incubus, from the Beach Boys to A Tribe Called Quest, resulting in a sound that is simultaneously familiar and unique to a diverse audience. Mann often performs as a solo artist with his worn acoustic guitar that has become a sort of trademark for himself, and he also performs with his band Branden Mann and The Reprimand.
The core members of BM&TR are Branden Mann (Vocals, Guitar) Tommy Ufkes (Drums, Guitar), and Jeff Weller (Bass). Formed in 2007 with a slightly different lineup, the band can be anything from a 2-piece (Mann/Ufkes) to a 6-piece powerhouse complete with lead guitar, keyboards, saxophone, and any other instruments Mann's musical friends decide to use to make their contribution. As a band, BM&TR have been compared to Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, The Black Keys, Wilco, Traffic, Dave Matthews Band and CCR, but the majority of listeners say that the diversity of the band's sound makes them a one-of-a-kind act.
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