The Brevet

When the feedback-laden, distorted-as-all-hell guitar intro to The Brevet's new single, "Locked & Loaded," grinds to a crawl and lead singer Aric Chase Damm's gritty vocals kick in, there's a moment where-if you've got an ounce of soul in your body-your foot starts tapping almost involuntarily. The "woah-oh-oh" hook that hits next is the kind you feel in your bones, the eminently danceable kind that makes you want to shoot straight up, kick your chair back, and move. Every second "Locked & Loaded" begs for movement, an earworm that simply refuses to quit. And making the tune all the more impressive, in a testament to the group's raw creativity and artistic ability, is the fact that The Brevet engineered and produced the track at the group's recording space in Westminster, CA-where they'd also recorded their first two albums.

As the lead single off the band's upcoming record, LEGS, "Locked & Loaded" performs a crucial task: Not only is it a representation of the band's new sound and of what fans can expect from the forthcoming album; it is an indication of how far the band has come since their previous release, American Novel-a groundbreaking, highly acclaimed LP, released in a series of chapters.

American Novel, the group's sophomore album, was preceded by the Brevet's debut record, Battle of the Heart, and earned the band features and beaming reviews in such notable publications as Paste magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Deli, Substream, OC Weekly, and many more. Per Substream's Stephanie Roe: "There are just some moments in life that could use an extravagant soundtrack to make it feel complete. The Brevet are here to help you do just that."

American Novel also opened the door for The Brevet in the form of some amazing opportunities: Songs from the record have been featured in movies like An Open Secret, The Good Lie, and Ashby; on TV shows such as Growing up Fisher, NCIS New Orleans, 90210, and even American Idol; and on TV networks like the MLB Network and the SEC Network (ESPN).

While the band has certainly enjoyed the exposure, as well as the accolades they've received from critics and fans alike, they're particularly excited for the release of their upcoming single-because, to Damm, it sets the stage for a tighter, more mature, redefined Brevet. It represents a band who, having already achieved significant commercial success, is free to be as creative as they want, driving their music in a wholly new direction.

Damm, who helms the band as its primary creative force-though, of course, his fellow members contribute to the writing, engineering, and production process-says, of the band's new sound:, that "Locked & Loaded"

We're writing in a way we want to write now. I'm not trying to follow trends; I just want to write from my heart."

The Breton Sound

The Breton Sound is what you get when you aggressively smash together musicians from opposite ends of the rock spectrum. Classic rock, ‘90s alt pop, metal, prog rock, punk, ska, and indie backgrounds emerge from the established musicianship of Jonathan Pretus (vocals/guitar), Stephen Turner (lead guitar), John Bourgeois (drums), and Joe Bourgeois (bass). Stephen met Jonathan at LSU, where he frequently mocked Jonathan’s Weezer cover band. A bromance began to blossom, and later fully forged with the addition of the Bourgeois twins in 2014.

Since then, with the help of their sets at New Orleans’ Jazz & Hertiage and Voodoo Music Festivals, The Breton Sound has garnered a stunning reputation for their live shows. Filled with sing-alongs, climbing up speaker stacks, jumping into the crowd, and universal irreverence, their explosive energy has always been the core of The Breton Sound. Their relentless live shows around the South led the NOLA boys to winning the Louisiana Music Prize last year.




Now The Breton Sound are working on an EP to follow their new single “Why Are You Still Here?” recorded in 1920’s church-turned-recording facility, Esplanade Studios (Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, The Roots). Focusing in on lingering exes, the track is a classic break up song. Romances come and go, but some relationships are just inescapable. As Pretus describes it, “there’s always some kind of trigger reminding you of that person; a song, a movie, a place…some kind of memory. ‘Why Are You Still Here?’ is about the frustration you’re met with when desperately trying to shake off that ghost.”

After The Breton Sound finish their EP, their sights are set on being the biggest band in the world. Until then, the bromance and energetic live shows will continue. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Stephen has mildly warmed to Weezer.

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