There is no such thing as a free lunch, but here at The Record Exchange there is free 7″ singles. So come on down and fill your grumbling appetite with The Belle Brigade’s free single “Loser”, available upon request and while supplies last! And don’t forget to come and get their self-titled debut album coming out on April 19, 2011.
Inspired by Barbara and Ethan’s love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, the album’s artfully arranged, freewheeling songs brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis, among others, before she picked up a guitar and formed The Belle Brigade with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago.
The album’s thematic centerpiece is “Losers,” on which Ethan and Barbara sing in perfect unison: “Don’t care about being a winner / Or being smooth with women / Or goin’ out on Friday / Being the life of parties… Or if I am a loser” and declaring “So I wanna make it known / That I don’t care about any of that shit no more.” “The song is about being insecure and jealous and letting go of all the terrible things you can feel about yourself and realizing that life is not a game,” Ethan says. “It’s not a competition. It’s kind of a pep talk to ourselves to remember that.”