The Brew (band)

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The Brew
Background information
GenresBlues rock, hard rock
Years active2005–present
LabelsNapalm Records, Jazzhaus Records, BrewMusic, The Brew, 157 Records, Blues Matters!

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 "It's 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,"[1] and described by RockTimes critic Joachim 'Joe' Brookes as a "bridge between the sixties and seventies".[2]


The Brew live at Leverkusener Jazztage 2017

In early July 2007, The Brew headlined the Maasboulevard Festival in Schiedam, the Netherlands and were invited back to perform in 2008.

In 2006, The Brew were a success at The Rock ‘n’ Blues Custom Show at Pentrich, Derbyshire, they were asked to do a second gig by the organisers on the following day on the Centre Stage, and they were then booked to return in 2007. In August that year The Brew performed on The British Stage at the UK’s biggest R’n’B festival in Colne, Lancashire. In 2008 they headlined the festival on the Sunday, on the British stage.

The Brew completed a set for the national Belgium radio station, Classic 21 and were filmed by the national television France 2, for their performance at that 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.

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 and 2017.

The Brew returned to the recording studio and the result, A Million Dead Stars, was released in January 2010.

Band lineup[edit]

The Brew
  • Jason Barwick - Lead guitar, vocals (born 1989)
  • Tim Smith - Bass guitar, vocals. Father of Kurtis.
  • Kurtis Smith - Drums, vocals (born 1988)


  • The Brew (April 2006)
  • Fate and Time E.P. (April 2007)
  • The Joker (August 2008)
  • Live in Belgium (DVD - 2008)
  • A Million Dead Stars (January 2010)
  • Live At Luna Lunera (DVD - 2011)
  • The Third Floor (September 2011)
  • Live in Europe (September 2012)
  • Control (February 2014)[3]
  • Shake The Tree (September 2016)
  • Art Of Persuasion (October 2018)


  1. ^ Michael Arens (16 November 2010). "The Brew - "A Million Dead Stars" (music review)". Jazz Dimensions. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 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
  2. ^ Joachim 'Joe' Brookes (20 January 2010). "The Brew / A Million Dead Stars". RockTimes. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 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.
  3. ^ "The Brew | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

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