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Sounds Like: Wilco, Elvis Costello, Queen, Big Star, Harry Nilson
Label: CACTUS ROCK RECORDS
Bio: Brad Brooks is that rare quadruple threat of writer, player, singer, and performer.His songs combine the orchestral sophistication of Queen, the melodic sensibility of Elvis Costello, and the punk energy of early Talking Heads. Brooks is rooted in a kind of Victorian California romanticism; his v...See Full Bio
“The Tucson raised, Bay area-based singer/guitarist's originals are just as impressive. For his third outing, Brooks flavors his pop with a '70s sensibility, stirring in influences from the Beatles to Hall and Oates. “Calling Everyone” is reminiscent of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes whipping up the crowd at the Stone Pony into a sweaty frenzy. There's plenty of Beatles influences sprinkled throughout. Brooks shouts frantically like John Lennon in his Plastic Ono Band days over industrial psychedelic guitar shredding on “Spinner and the Spun.” “Steal My Disarray” sounds like George Harrison crooning over his weepy guitar. T“Exemplary Girl” could be an unlikely pairing of Paul McCartney duetting with Hall and Oates; “Will It Be Enough” sounds like Wilco's Jeff Tweedy accompanied by Harrison on guitar. But this is no nostalgia celebration, no retro shmoozefest. Although many of his instrumental influences may be based on soothing melodies from the past, Brooks'”