So yesterday when I started to look for new Americana music, I remembered it was a new month! That means there’s a new chart at one of the best places to find new Americana artists the Euro-Americana Chart! One of the first names that caught my eye was The Harmed Brothers. Their latest release currently is tied for the 17th position on the chart. So I drifted over to MOG found the album, put it on the iPhone and gave it a listen to and from Sioux Lake this afternoon and then on the way down to Andrew and Meaghan’s Gender Revel Party!! (more to come on this) . The band reminds me of The Avett Brothers, but I like them better than the Avetts!! From their website:
Rising up from rural Missouri in 2009, Ray Vietti started the first incarnation of The Harmed Brothers with Ben and Zach Kilmer based on a mutual admiration of Ryan Adams, Wilco, and Avett Brothers. The fledgling group quickly took to the road and made their way eventually to Eugene, Oregon where Vietti met his musical soul mate Alex Salcido. At this point the two songwriters chose to forego the typical rhythm section and began to focus on the blueprint for their music to establish a menagerie of sound best described as “indiegrass”. After some line-up tinkering, The Harmed Brothers of 2013 offers up a membership of Vietti and Salcido along with Troy Broat on upright bass and Ben Kilmer on drums after a period away. Read More
I really enjoyed the album.. Here’ some information about the album from their website:
Better Days the upcoming long player, due out October 15th, showcases the band at the height of their powers as they immerse in blissful harmonies and their trademarked sound of banjo/guitar shuffling. The songs recall wistful romantic notions of times that are to be remembered kindly, but need to be closed if only for the sense of self preservation. “When You See Me” is a track that brings great clarity to a failed relationship. “Love Song for the Assumed” goes the distance as a call to grow up and mend fences and to let go of the pain and blame you’ve put on yourself. Fans of their previous efforts such as 2010’s All the Lies You Wanna Hear or 2012’s Come Morning will embrace Better Days as a sorely missed lover. As for the uninitiated, Better Days will caress the musical palette and serve as an introduction to their earlier releases.
Here are the Harmed Brothers performing the title track from the album “Better Days”