The Brew is an American independent rock band founded in the small town of Amesbury, Massachusetts by four friends from high school. Brothers Chris and Joe Plante joined guitarist Dave Drouin and drummer Kelly Kane in 2002. Kane left the band in 2012 and was replaced by longtime fan and drummer Aaron Zaroulis.
The Brew began to record and release some of their early material in 2003, featuring songs like "About to Rain" and "Gypsy Moon." While these recordings find the band still growing and honing their sound, one can clearly hear where The Brew was headed: they deliver both introspective, delicate breaks and explosive power, while featuring honest, poetic lyrics and lush, four-part harmonies.
"We grew up on Paul Simon, The Beatles and Queen," Dave Drouin explains. "Those recordings and arrangements taught us that above all else, the music needs to serve the song and not be a showcase for how fast or loud we can play."
The attention to detail began to pay off when their musical heroes started to take notice of the burgeoning band from the Northeast. Now sharing bills with The Allman Brothers, Cake, Levon Helm and others, The Brew was backstage with legendary musicians, getting invaluable advice that would shape their next few years.
While opening for Bruce Hornsby in 2006, The Brew met Bobby Read, producer and saxophonist for Hornsby's band The Noisemakers. On the spot, The Brew and Read decided to do a record together, which would become 2008's Back to the Woods. The success of singles like "Chance Reaching" (still in rotation on Sirius XM radio) lifted the band to national exposure.
In an interview with Relix magazine in 2011, The Brew announced it would be releasing a triple-record project called Triptych, beginning with the November release of A Garden in the Snow. This leadoff album provided the band with its current single "When Darkness Comes," which is now spinning on AAA radio stations across the country. In May 2012, they released the official video for the song exclusively through 92.5 The River, Boston's largest and only independent radio station.
Triptych's second album, Light From Below, was released in December 2011, and has gained additional airplay on Sirius XM, with songs including "Birds on the Window" and The Brew's starkly uptempo version of Led Zepplin's "Going to California." This recording features the band's energetic live playing backed by now-longtime friend and collaborator Bobby Read's huge horn sections.
The third and most anticipated record, Hard Enough To Break, is set for release on August 31, 2012, when The Brew headlines the prestigious Lowell Summer Music Series along with such artists as Ziggy Marley, K.D. Lang, and John Mayall.