CD REVIEW: Et Tu Bruce - Suburban Sunshine
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Et Tu Bruce
CD: Suburban Sunshine
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Classic Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Jam Band
Sounds Like: Beach Boys, The Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Byrds
Technical Grade: 10/10
London band 4 piece band: Et Tu Brucé's just released their latest CD entitled Suburban Sunshine 2012. The fist single from the CD “'This City/Never Seen You Cry' has received heavy airplay this Summer. (BBC6 and XFM). The band's own brand of soft rock has been described as 'where West London meets West Coast' and likened to the Byrds and the Beach boys. Band members include: Jamie White (Guitar/Vocals), Matthew O'Toole (Guitar/Vocals), Darryn Bruce (Bass) and his brother Craig Bruce on Drums.
The CD kicks things off with “Dress me up in Bruises” a rocking intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, against infectious vocal vibe with catchy vocal groove from White and company. Track 2 “Memories Remain” keeps things moving with methodical guitar driven intro hypnotic melody painted against a brilliant vocal performance from White. This coupled with mesmerizing lyrical content makes for a very strong follow-up statement. Track 3 “This City” serves up psychedelic blues-rock groove that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with hypnotic harmonies and a grand slam chorus. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as Beatles, The Byrds, The Zombies, Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Beck, and even R.E.M. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of passion, variety and strong melodic structure. The songs themselves are addictive, and packed full of entertaining lyrical content and subject matter that simply cannot be faked. The music itself is an impressive/catchy blend of classic rock, alternative rock with just a dash of 70’s psychedelic pop thrown in. Along the way besides the typical 4 piece standard you will notice well placed vocal harmonies, organ, keyboards, piano, solo guitar, well placed harmonies all built on a solid low end rhythm section foundation. These guys make no attempt at sugar coating the truth via his music, instead he lets it all hang out with reckless abandon and trippy/happy lamentation. The vocals from White works well within the confines of this upbeat/melodic catalogue. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks throughout the CD as well and I did not fail to notice an impressive falsetto to boot. No doubt White and company also showcase impressive harmonies reminiscent of bands like Yes and The Beach Boys. Enter the musicianship and production virtuoso - equally as impressive. What I like most about these guys is how upbeat and melodic all songs are. From upbeat ”Never Seen You Cry” to heartfelt “Miracle Crash” and “I keep Forgetting” to melodic “The Turning of the Screw” to my personal favorite “Never Say Trevor Again” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “It’s all Nothing” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I can't really find any weaknesses worth mentioning. The sound is a bit dated but it matches the style of music this band is writing and playing perfectly.
This latest CD by Et Tu Bruce entitled Suburban Sunshine is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – the amazing melodic. Poppy songwriting virtuoso of these 4 lads from England. They possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, and is full of amazing harmonies and vocal melody that come at you from every direction. The messages are passionate, honest, and amazingly witty - all from a brilliantly zany perspective. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Et Tu Bruce is one of those artists/bands.