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Brownish Black

Rank #10 US Portland, OR R&B/Soul / Garage


Bio: "The stew of influences making up Brownish Black has a curious chemistry to it. Theirs is a ragged mix of old-school R&B soul and garage rock I didn't even know I was missing until I first heard them and realized I couldn't remember the last time I'd heard a good band in the tradition of Them or ... See Full Bio

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We're number 10 on the ReverbNation RnB/Soul charts for Portland, OR. www.reverbnation.com/brownishblack


“[BASEMENT SOUL] Soul doesn't come easy in the lily-white Northwest, but Portland's Brownish Black delivers an astonishingly authentic brand of vintage rough-edged R&B. Anchored by the full-throated belting of singer Vicki Porter and M.D. Sharbatz's rusty-strings guitar tone, the band doesn't try to mimic the polished majesty of ’60s Motown like a lot of today's revivalists. (What unsigned act can afford to do so in this economy, anyway?) Instead, it works a sound more indebted to the grittier, more low-rent aesthetic of Stax/Volt and blues-indebted rock outfits like the Animals. The lo-fi quality of its demos work in the group's favor, but a legit studio album—if one ever arrives—could be a sleeper hit. MATTHEW SINGER.”
— Matthew Singer, Willamette Week
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Q: Any plans for UK gigs?
A: Not any specific dates but once we release our album this Fall Europe is one our main objectives and we won't skip the U.K.

Asked by anonymous. Answered on Thu May 30 2013


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