NoHo Confidential is the debut record by the Brady Harris Band. This maxi-EP was recorded during the Winter of '12-'13 in the shadows of Dodger Stadium.
released 02 April 2013
Brady Harris - Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Percussion
John Adair - Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals, Keys, Organs, Percussion, Fretless Bass
Marc Bernal - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Markowitz - Drums, Vocals
Produced by John Adair
Executive Producer: Michael Bejbl
Recorded at Top Cellar Studios, Mount Washington, Los Angeles
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London
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Pure Pop Radio favorite Brady Harris is back with a wonderful, best-of-the-year worthy EP, NoHo Confidential, recorded under the moniker Brady Harris Band. To say that this is Harris's best release is hardly heaping excess praise--certainly... not when every song is so hall-of-fame worthy.
Harris comes out swinging with a classically-styled pure pop confection, "Kate, Stay Late." From the piano accents to the cuddly background vocals and the luscious, affecting melody, this is one of those songs that you'll want to play over and over again. Same thing goes with "You I Know," a many-layered song featuring wild, almost experimental electric guitar, sweet vocal lines, and generous stereo separation.
"Mexico" leads with its strongest component, the chorus, a catchy confection whose verses are equally as commanding. This is another of those spin-it-again songs, so be prepared to hit the reverse button on your CD player. "Blue" is a loving, romantic creation, sung sweetly and deliberately, with a slow, jazzy guitar solo.
"Northern Soul" is a straight-ahead pop song with a strong lead vocal, affecting background vocals, and a catchy melody. And don't forget the handclaps! The EP ends with "Night at La Carafe," a change of pace, kind-of moody instrumental in which all of the players take center stage. And speaking of the players, hats off to the band, who really make these songs come alive.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this is quite a strong year for pop music, and it's only March. Remember this one when it's time to make those best-of-the-year lists. This will be in your top 10, for sure.
-Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio
Brady Harris rolls on with his latest release, another slice of his unique Beatlesque Americana. This EP, credited to his backing band and named after his Northern Hollywood locale, is 6 more easy-on-the-ears tracks to add to the Brady Harris canon. Opener "Kate, Stay Late" is definitely more Beatlesque than Americana, with its piano-based pop melody, George Harrison-style guitars, and its wordless harmony vocals. "Mexico" is another winner, a breezy, effortless-sounding number with a slight Latin flavor, and while "Northern Soul" is more jangle than Northern soul, that's a feature, not a bug. No need to keep this one confidential.
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BIO From ALLMUSIC GUIDE:
Former frontman for the Replacements-inspired Solid Goldsteins, Brady Harris' solo career has diverged from his previous work into a sound altogether more indicative of his Texas roots. Bearing considerable vocal resemblance to John Lennon, Harris crafts moody country-rock with a hard pop edge. Strongly melodic with a confident wit, he combines well-traveled themes with stoic romanticism. Having paid his dues as a starving artist, busking on the streets of Paris and London, Harris found himself in Los Angeles recording one album with his former bandmates before releasing his solo debut in 1997. That album, Next Door to Nowhere, received favorable reviews and was followed by considerable media attention at 1999's NXNW music conference. 1999's Good Luck Stranger was met with near unanimous critical approval, and Harris went on to tour Europe in late 2000. He spent the next two years touring the states where he racked up numerous awards, including $5,000 from the Pontiac Vibe Car Commercial Contest, which helped him finance 2003's highly anticipated Lone Star. —Matt Fink, All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com
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The Texas-bred, Los Angeles based Harris goes on a highly-rewarding musical trip through Beatlesesque pop-rock and singer-songwriter intimacy. –Michael Berick, NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE
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Roots-rock Americana with the vibrant, crackling pop of Revolver-era Beatles. -George Zahora, SPLENDID
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Harris' substantial talents lift him well above those with whom he will be categorized. -Matt Fink, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
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More evidence that it's what's lurking beneath the radar that's really important, Brady Harris - following the familiar career trajectory of starving busker (in London and Paris), accidental recordings, critical acclaim (not the least of which came at the NxNW conference in '99) impressive underground success ($5000 from MP3.com)
and still no major label deal - has just released his third album, recorded at home with the assistance of a $500 Shure microphone he won for his roots-grass version of Motorhead's 'Ace Of Spades'. Intrigued? Good, for mere words can never do him justice. Ignore, then, the fact that Harris' voice bears comparisons with John Lennon; ignore the fact that he creates a beguiling brand of alt. power country pop, something like Peter Bruntnell massaging Big Star; ignore the fact that Harris can take on Joe Pernice in his own back yard and win. Ignore these words, let your ears do the judging, and you're left wondering where this California-dwelling Texan has been hiding all your life. -Michael Ornadet, LOGO-MAGAZINE (UK)