The No Name Bar in Los Angeles was packed to the brim with people of all ages buzzing about in delightful conversation on a casual, summer night. Some drank, some ate, everyone admired the intriguing artwork hanging from the walls of this bar that was certainly a hidden gem.
Upon checking in we were informed that “no photos of any kind” would be allowed, including cellphones. I wish we could have documented how amazing our new favorite band, The Brevet, was. But I guess, you’ll just have to check them out for yourself (list of upcoming tour dates at the bottom!)
The crowded room quickly dulled to soft hum as the charming group of men consisting of Aric Chase Damm (vocals/guitar), Michael Jones (piano), David Aguiar (drums/percussion) and Ben Ross (bass) squeezed together on the small stage. The word “Brevet” read in brilliant red and white neon letters above Jones’ piano.
Without a word, Aguiar started the echoing kick drum. They were presenting their latest EP, EMBERS: CH. 2. Man, can this band perform; the music resonating with you on an entirely different level. Their sound has been compared to that of The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, both of which are spot on. The band performed two of my new favorite songs; “Be Your Man,” which they just released a new music video for and it includes incredible band and fan footage; and “Hold On;” an upbeat yet soulful song purely about holding onto yourself and not letting life cut you down.
The energy within the No Name Bar swelled with pride as family and friends watched these men do what they do best; perform their music and put their entire soul into their craft. Even people like myself, someone who hadn’t heard much of these artists beforehand, knew that they were a band to watch from the second the set foot on stage.
The band has opened for the likes of NEEDTOBREATHE and Young The Giant but I can definitely tell that they’ll be on their own headliner soon enough, helping pave the way for alternative pop-rock bands everywhere.
As they finished their set the four piece jumped off the stage and embraced their family, friends, and fans with open arms, eager to talk about the music they just performed and humbly accept the praise they definitely deserved.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go look up The Brevet; their music is on iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere else music is sold. Fall in love with the band that combines the feel good beats of pop to the freeing vibes of alternative rock.
• Sept. 9th, Jasper Folk Festival
in Jasper, Canada
• Sept. 10th, Kaledio Fest
in Edmonton, Canada
• Sept. 22nd, Hotel Cafe
in Hollywood, CA
• Sept. 30th, The Fifth
in Anaheim, CA
• Oct. 21st, Rockwood Music Hall
in New York, NY
Reporting by Nicolette Cunningham