Say Brother / Press

“The funnest set of the festival easily belonged to the following act. Say Brother, a Columbia, Sc act is everything that made Southern Rock great. Imagine a frogstomp cocktail, two parts Mungo Jerry’s frankness, two parts Hot Tuna. Their music is most comparable to that found on Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” only stretch the rollicking rhythm and meandering melody across an entire set. Atop that place the moaning wail, and at times even yodel of frontman and young James Hetfield look alike Tripp LaFrance and you’re left with a result that could have been any dirty delta rockers circa ‘68 transported by time machine to the present. In this line of work, writers employ all types of verbal acrobats in an attempt to describe the sound of a certain project. Perhaps for Say Brother the best description is simple. They are easy, fun, free.”

“Columbia, South Carolina can sleep good at night knowing that it’s the home of the band Say Brother. A five-guy collaboration featuring Tripp LaFrance, Ryan Hoskins, Zach Morrison, Joshua Michael, and Steve Sancho, Say Brother is a soulful contribution to the world of music that revisits a gritty, down-home style that has since been obscured in the era of electronic sounds and synthesizers. Just ask any local Columbians and they’ll tell you how much of a treat their rare and energized shows can be. If you had reservations set for a hot date this night, call ‘em up, cancel, and bring your date over here instead – it’s guaranteed you’ll get a second date out of it. Plus, there is no risk of embarrassing dinner talk.”

“If ever there was a band to go see with the intention of just being nothing but rowdy, Say Brother is probably the band. Columbia, SC's bawdy, rambunctious outfit plays their own special proof of raucous, steamy Americana, and it's quite possibly going to shake and bake you into a heck of a good night.”

“A true dark horse on the Savannah Stopover lineup, Say Brother are closer to veterans than their one album on Spotify, All I Got Is Time, suggests. The pride of Columbia, SC, Say Brother’s reputation precedes themselves in the Southeast for their straight-from-the-bottle blues rock and roll and spirited live shows. Tripp LaFrance and company are a real ‘dirt of the earth’ crew; they wear it on their sleeve as they swashbuckle and stomp through country rockers that pay homage to Waylon Jennings and Creedence Clearwater Revival. But this crew’s menace is matched by their songs, so full of hooks and memorable guitar lines… Perfect for either pouring another or starting off your Stopover Saturday afternoon at The Jinx.”

“The night’s local opener, Say Brother, put Marshall Tucker’s lack of excitement in sharp relief. Say Brother, ballyhooed around the Midlands for its revved-up, choogling rock shows, quickly won over a crowd that appeared determined to write them off. The first few songs started out fairly slow, the group’s driving rhythms and twisting guitars coasting along. But the group soon shifted into high-gear, Tripp LaFrance and Zach Morrison trading intricate and exhilarating licks as the former howled out plainly spoken heartaches. Say Brother’s energized Southern rock relies on a persistent formula, but the band attacked its parts with gusto, reaching for understated flourishes that made it feel alive. -”

“Say Brother's stage set puts LaFrance to one side, placing designated dancer and tambourine shaker Josh Michael front and center; his darting about on stage is integral to Say Brother’s vigorous appeal, and Michael takes his job seriously — his bloody palm serving as Twitpic proof shortly after the show. Musically, Say Brother has always relied on ’60s- and ’70s-era choogle, recalling bands like Wet Willie, Dr. Hook and Country Joe and the Fish, though their fan base is probably more in tune with current proponents, such as Old Crow Medicine Show. Introducing the last couple songs, LaFrance made reference to the impending change of scenery for the band and thanked the substantial crowd for their continued support, noting that it might be a little while before the group plays in town again. Only time will tell if that next performance will be a Columbia date on a Nashville-launched tour, or if it will see Say Brother re-claiming its mantle as a beloved local group.”

“Say Brother is a mix of back-porch sincerity and garage intensity - their typical shows suggest what it might have been like if John Fogerty had ever lead Bob Dylan's Hawks”

“Say Brother is that all-too-rare retro act: The band is inspired by the sounds of yesterday in the case of Say Brother, it’s early rock ‘n’ roll but it doesn’t sound like a pack of plastic pretenders. Judging by Say Brother’s grimy and grungy seven-song EP, All I Got Is Time, these Capital City rockabilly badasses sound oh-so fresh. In many ways, they’re in the same boat as the Black Keys, a band who wears its back-to-basics blues inspirations on its guitar cases without sounding like a group of fanboys engaged in cosplay. “I think, and dig most times, when bands have an idea of exactly what they want to be, but a lot of times it seems like they become that idea rather than an actual original band,” says lead singer and guitarist Tripp LaFrance. “When we write, we try to avoid that mentality of ‘OK, this song is gonna be country’ or ‘this song is gonna have the Little Richard swing,’ and just sitdown and write what comes out. Sometimes it’s rock ‘n’ rol”

“South Carolina's Say Brother is a feverish roots-rock band, itching all over. They start from a base of strong songs, with choruses intended for the whole club to shout.”

“Ever since we saw Say Brother dang near peel the roof off Slim’s at last year’s Hopscotch Festival we simply can’t stop talking about them.You’ve probably noticed that. It’s on the verge of weird at this point, we get it. Instead of continuing to sing their praises and annoy our fine readers, we decided to track down the band and ask a few questions. At heart, you are a southern rock n’ blues band. What do you think are some of the biggest misconceptions about the type of music you play and those who are playing it? Well first and foremost, there’s still so much life left in that kind of music. Its doesn’t have to be a Dad rock kind of thing. We’re all young guys who grew up in the South so its’ been a part of who we are since before we could remember. What would surprise us most to know about Say Brother? We all look like a bunch of metal dudes, we play country rock but all we listen to is hip hop. ”

“Say Brother remains fresh because they invest so much of themselves in the music. Their songs resound with energetic conviction and heartfelt emotion. It’s decidedly Southern, drawing heavily from country and blues traditions, but the band grafts elements from each onto the other, arriving at a Frankenstein mix of old-time charm and modern rock aggression.”

“The kickoff party, which goes down this Friday, April 12th, beginning at 7 pm, will happen on every square inch of the 1600 block of our beloved Main Street. You’ve got the boisterous tunes of local favorites Say Brother, who simply do not know how to play a bad show.”

“The band tears into its raucous boogie bar-rock with vigor, and the band’s indefatigable energy has won it some curious onlookers passing by Touche. More than a few pop in, including one official SXSW festival photographer. And nobody leaves before the band’s finished.”

“Lead singer/guitarist, Tripp LaFrance, will capture you with his warming voice and mix of a southern/honky tonk accent and Zach Morrison will make you feel like you’ve seen every great guitar player rolled into one in front of your eyes”

“Can’t have a hoedown without Say Brother, this town’s fieriest country-rock band. ”

“Columbia, SC five-piece Say Brother is out with their debut album, All I Got is Time. The band – comprised of Tripp LaFrance (guitar, lead vocals), Joe Buck Roberts (bass), Josh Anderson (tambourine, vocals), Zach Morrison (guitar), and Steve Sancho (drums) – originally started as a side project of former blues-rock band Mercy Mercy Me, which was comprised of the same members. However the guys found themselves wanting to play more rock and roll inspired blues and country, resulting in the demise of the former group and focus on Say Brother. The seven songs are steeped blues rock with elements of rockabilly, southern roots, and swamp pop all mixed in. However it is not just the seven songs themselves but the fervor and rock attitude with which they are delivered that make this collection a surefire must-have. – Written by SMarx ”

“But the longhairs of Say Brother run wild, stomping sneakers and shouting out songs about wrecked hearts and minds. They're united by a great unavoidable zeal, delivering this music as though it's the balm that rights the world. They'll share the stage FRIDAY, JAN. 4, at THE CAVE with the surf-rock send-ups of The Piedmonstmen, playing a $5 bill that starts at 10 p.m.; SATURDAY, JAN. 5, they'll rendezvous at SLIM'S at 9 p.m. for another little Lincoln.”

“It was the Sunday after this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh when the Columbia outfit schlepped onto the stage at Slim’s. The name of the afternoon after-party was the Hopscotch Hangover, and the band looked the part. Singer Tripp LaFrance warned that the band wouldn’t be able to match the energy of its Friday festival performance. What followed was the only set I’ve seen Say Brother play, and if its propulsive Southern rock permutations are ever more energetic than they were that day, I’m honestly not sure how. As soon as the music kicked in, the band seemed entirely rejuvenated, tearing through songs from its exuberant All I Got Is Time EP with reckless abandon. The brightly piercing guitar lines resounded with a twang equal to LaFrance’s aggressive drawl. Choruses were shouted. Boots were stomped. By the end of the set a barefoot dude was standing on the P.A., banging the absolute hell out of a tambourine. If that’s what Say Brother is like on an off day, it”

“Say Brother live on WACH Fox Good Morning Columbia Morning Show”

“Say Brother brought their electrified rockabilly tunes to the Main Street stage at 2:30 p.m., with frizzy hair blowing in the breeze and a raw energy that spread through the crowd. Parents and children danced with equal amounts of enthusiasm and college-aged patrons clapped along with the drums.”

“Say Brother on WACH FOX TV Columbia, SC on October 11, 2012”


“The Jam Room Music Festival: Kick Out the Jam Iconic Studio Celebrates Silver Anniversary with Free City-Wide Festival on Saturday, October 13 Say Brother 2:30 p.m. Local country-rockers Say Brother will always be as a ramshackle garage outfit playing music happily and noisily behind the times, another way is this: LaFrance and company are bringing the affected Southernisms of California-based Fogerty brothers and Detroit-raised Jack White and bringing ‘em back home where they belong. An increasingly potent live band built on the leads of Zach Morrison and the drawling blues of lead singer Tripp LaFrance, the whole thing is held down by the rock-solid groove of bassist Joe Roberts and drummer Steve Sancho. And there’s also the proverbial cheese on the grits, tambo-banger Josh Anderson, whose energy and stage presence pushes the whole thing into overdrive. Kyle Petersen ”

“Columbia, South Carolina’s Say Brother debut album, All I Got Is Time, is a full tilt, foot-stomping, barn-storming, countrified bluesy rocker.This is music with guitars and banjos and drums played so hard your knuckles bleed. It’s music with dirt on its jeans. It’s garage rock transported to the back porch. It’s music a man can be proud of. Here are some reasons why I love this band. 1.) Their song titles are things like “Imma Leave My Home”, “Might Deep Depression”, and “Don’t Take No Woman”. 2.) You can actually hear a lead guitar all the way throughout every song – they don’t try to polish it down. There are some nasty licks and even guitar solos (!) in almost every song. Imagine that. 3.) The fire and snarl of lead singer Tripp LaFrance’s voice 4.) The fact that they have someone in the band named “Tripp LaFrance” 5.) You have to respect their appetite for heaters and Busch Light cans 6.) They don’t have an animal in their band name 7.)”

"Maybe our first real surprise of the Hopscotch festival–we wanted to be early for Alvarius B., but found ourselves in the bar next door instead, where this Columbia, SC group was playing. The singer made jokes about smoking weed and listening to Creedence, and both influences seem to come through pretty strongly. The group doesn’t have much material on the Web as of yet, but hopefully we’ll be able to hear more from them soon."

“Say Brother is only the second SC band to play Hopscotch.LaFrance gulps the last of his bourbon in one swig the glass was still three-quarters full and as he sets his glass back down, Morrison begins to fiddle around with a twangy, James Burtonesque lick on his Telecaster. The band quickly gels into a loping, ambling jam that’s brief but sweet. The band pauses only briefly to introduce itself, and LaFrance launches immediately into the first verse of the raucous crooner “Waiting on You to Call.” The crowd roars. Girls dance. The band loosens up, lets its hair down (in LaFrance’s case, literally, his untamed mane obscuring his face) and lets it rip. Morrison cascades solo after solo, bending his guitar’s thick strings tightly wound coils of nickel and steel into impossible parabolae. Bassist Joe Roberts and drummer Steve Sancho prove a faultless rhythm section, providing the backbone of Say Brother’s swampy funk. Anderson plays his tambourine so hard that he rips his ri”

“Say Brother is an ambling, rambling, shambling, drunk-on-your-front-porch country-rock ensemble, one whose anachronous sound is entirely by design. But Say Brother, while modeled on music of the past, isn’t cloyingly retro, its rootsy reverence by no means a veneer. Like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Say Brother hitches classic-rock muscle to old-time country, resulting in a crisp synthesis of crunchy rhythm ‘n’ blues, rockabilly and swamp pop. Its biggest strength is its funk-ass energy.”

“In a way, Say Brother is kind of an anachronism: These are young dudes playing decidedly old music, music heavily rooted in the blues, old-time country and early rock ‘n’ roll but delivered with drunken, punk rock swagger and barn jam conviction. Like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Say Brother is a reaction to its era; in a time when popular rock has evolved away from the forces that birthed the music, Say Brother brings it back to its roots with its crisp synthesis of crunchy rhythm ‘n’ blues, rockabilly and swamp pop. Indeed, All I Got is Time feels a played with the power of a classic-rock ensemble. “Its anachronous sound is entirely by design, but Say Brother, while modeled on music of the past, isn’t cloyingly retro, its rootsy reverence by no means a veneer. ”

Patrick Wall - Free Times

“Columbia’s Say Brother has had its swampy swagger compared to Creedence Clearwater Revival and its kinetic bounce likened to the more folk-tinged outings of The Beatles. You could also note the way its reptilian guitar solos resemble Mike Bloomfield’s scalding contributions to Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, or point out that its irrepressible energy matches that of the hugely successful Avett Brothers. For a young band with they undersell just how good this band is. There are a plethora of groups out that hitch themselves to classic rock muscle, but few bands are as true to both traditions as Say Brother. The songs on the quintet’s thrilling debut, All I Got Is Time, operate like the rave-ups of a back-porch jam session. The result is one of the best Americana sounds in the Carolinas. J. Lawrence ”

J. Lawrence - Free Times

“Where country music went left, Say Brother went right. Hank introduced the blues to country music, Say Brother takes that worn formula, pours whiskey and gasoline on it and lights it on fire…on stage..in front of the crowd at every performance. ”

“While what they do is by no means easy to execute, it retains a devil-may-care attitude that is vital to its irresistible charm. Their music is a pretty incredible fusion. For the most part, these are largely old-time structures, guitars strumming through quick lines as LaFrance rants with a down-home drawl. The beat comes bolstered by drums, and guitars fill in with riffs that mimic the speedy tangles traditionally taken by fiddle or mandolin. The results are laid out like bluegrass but move with the energy of garage rock. Say Brother's off-the-cuff personality is the cherry on top, too, somehow giving tight, energetic singles the carefree grace of a jam session”