The Brew (band)
|Years active||2005 - present|
The-Brew is a British Rock band consisting of Tim Smith (bass), Kurtis Smith (drums) and Jason Barwick (guitar, vocals). They were voted "best band" 2006/7 by "its only Rock & Roll" magazine (the magazine of the rolling stones fanclub ). The band was described by rock critic Michael Arens as "earthy, fertile, and sometimes wonderfully grainy" and creating "flawless rock" with a "touch of Psychedelic," and described by RockTimes critic Joachim 'Joe' Brookes as a "bridge between the sixties and seventies".
Though often named a modern blues band, The Brew have evolved far beyond the restrictions of blues to become one of Europe's most prominent rock bands. Hailing from Grimsby (UK) the band draws inspiration from a wide range of influences, from the experimental psychedelic tunes of the '60s, to more contemporary artists on the rock scene.
The band's extensive European tours have resulted in a massive underground following, which is just beginning to break into the mainstream as their fan-base rapidly increases. Appearances across national television and radio stations in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands have confirmed the band as one of Britain’s better known musical exports.
In early July 2007, The Brew headlined the Maasboulevard Festival in Schiedam, the Netherlands and were invited back to perform in 2008. They were described there at the end of the gig by their Dutch hosts as ‘The father, the son and holy spirit!’ for their sensational performance. In 2006, The Brew were such a success at The Rock ‘n’ Blues Custom Show at Pentrich, Derbyshire, they were asked not only to do a second gig by the organisers on the following day on the Centre Stage, something not heard of in this events 25 year history, they were then booked to return in 2007. Pentrich, Rock ’n’ Blues regularly attracts some 45,000 people every year and Saturday, July 28, 2007, The Brew headlined on the Cross Piston Stage and were an outstanding success, taking a double encore from the audience. The Brew, in August 2007, performed on The British Stage at the UK’s biggest R’n’B festival in Colne, and once again on the day were the only band to receive double encores. In 2008 they headlined the festival on the Sunday, on the British stage. They have played alongside some of the world's leading Rock bands past and present and continue to tour extensively across the world.
Recently The Brew completed a 2hour Live Set for the national Belgium Radio Station, Classic 21 and were filmed by the national television France 2, for their performance at this year's Festival in France, Le Blues Autour Du Zinc. They have performed at the National Classic 21 Radio Station, RTBF Showcase Festival in Brussels,one Belgium’s Premier festivals. Reaching number two in the USA iTunes Blues Download Chart in August 2007 provided even more evidence that the world is ready for the band. Recently, the latest album, "The Joker" reached number 16 in the Popular Album Charts in Poland and number 15 in The blues Album Charts in the same country.
In 2009 The Brew received national recognition throughout Germany when their performance at Rockpalast Festival was broadcast across the country and beyond, on WDR TV and they performed again on Rockpalast in 2012.
A MILLION DEAD STARS
In 2009 The Brew returned to the recording studio and the result, A Million Dead Stars, was released January 2010. The album was produced by legendary British producer Chris West and released by Jazzhaus Records. Since its release the trio have toured the breadth of Europe extensively and headlined dozens of festivals across the continent.
- The Brew (April 2006)
- Fate and Time E.P. (April 2007)
- The Joker (August 2008)
- Live in Belgium (DVD - 2008)
- A Million Dead Stars (December 2009)
- Live At Luna Lunera (DVD - 2011)
- Third Floor (September 2011)
- Live in Europe (September 2012)
- Control (February 2014)
- Michael Arens (2010-11-16). "The Brew - "A Million Dead Stars" (music review)". Jazz Dimensions. Retrieved 2010-11-26. "The Brew dam consists of bassist Tim Smith and his son Kurtis Smith (drums) and lead singer and guitarist Jason Barwick. Their first album released The Brew, which not only the cover artwork of the sixties, lean on, a few years ago. ... The eleven-part music of this new LP has its moments ... playful quality of the album ... earthy, fertile, and sometimes wonderfully grainy, but it's just flawless rock with a touch of Psychedelic"
- Joachim 'Joe' Brookes (2010-01-20). "The Brew / A Million Dead Stars". RockTimes. Retrieved 2010-11-26. "German: The Brew schlägt mit ihrer Musik auf ganz geschickte Art und Weise eine Brücke zwischen den Sechziger- beziehungsweise Siebzigerjahren zur Aktualität. English: The Brew beats with their music in a very clever way, a bridge between the sixties or seventies to date."