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The Belle Brigade - A biography

Founded
 by
 siblings
 Barbara
 and
 Ethan
 Gruska,
 The
 Belle
 Brigade’s
 music
 is
 artfully
 arranged,
 with
  enticing
 melodies
 and
 pop
 harmonies,
 fueled
 by
 the
 interplay
 of
 driving
 rhythms
 between
 Barbara's
  drums
 and
 Ethan's
 guitars.
 Both
 are
 gifted
 songwriters
 –
 finding
 inspiration
 in
 the
 works
 of
 Peter
  Gabriel,
 John
 Lennon,
 The
 Beach
 Boys,
 Sly
 Stone,
 Harry
 Nilsson
 and
 countless
 others.
 
 
  The
 Belle
 Brigade’s
 self-­?titled
 debut
 (co-­?produced
 with
 Matthew
 Wilder)
 was
 hailed
 as
 one
 of
 the
  best
 albums
 of
 2011
 by
 PASTE.
 Ann
 Powers,
 writing
 for
 the
 Los
 Angeles
 Times,
 took
 note
 of
 the
  "memorable
 voices
 and
 considerable
 charisma
 within
 songs
 that
 gleam
 with
 hooks
 and
 pour
 over
  with
 earnest
 emotion”
 while
 Newsday
 praised
 the
 album’s
 “sun-­?kissed
 '70s
 SoCal
 sound”
 and
 SPIN
  observed,
 “The
 brother
 and
 sister
 team
 from
 LA,
 bring
 beautiful
 harmonies
 to
 their
 quirky
 folk
 rock.”
 
  Their
 new
 album,
 "Just
 Because,"
 was
 recorded
 with
 engineer
 and
 co-­?producer
 Shawn
 Everett
 and
  mastered
 by
 the
 legendary
 Bob
 Ludwig.
 It
 will
 be
 released
 by
 ATO
 Records
 on
 March
 25,
 2014.
 
  When
 they
 find
 time
 away
 from
 the
 band,
 both
 are
 active
 players
 and
 writers
 for
 other
 projects
 -­?
  Ethan
 has
 recorded
 as
 a
 vocalist
 and
 multi
 instrumentalist
 for
 many
 Los
 Angeles
 based
 artists
 and
  Barbara
 is
 a
 sought-­?after
 drummer
 who
 has
 played
 with
 Fiona
 Apple,
 Jenny
 Lewis,
 Benji
 Hughes
 and
  many
 others.
 
  The
 Belle
 Brigade
 has
 appeared
 on
 “Jimmy
 Kimmel
 Live!”
 and
 “Conan”
 and
 their
 compelling
 live
  performances
 have
 led
 to
 tours
 with
 such
 artists
 as
 Dawes,
 Blitzen
 Trapper,
 Grace
 Potter
 and
 the
  Nocturnals
 and
 K.D.
 Lang.
 They
 contributed
 songs
 to
 the
 Twilight
 Saga
 Breaking
 Dawn
 Part
 1
  soundtrack
 and
 their
 cover
 of
 Bob
 Dylan's
 "No
 Time
 To
 Think,"
 which
 appeared
 on
 the
 Chimes
 of
  Freedom:
 The
 Songs
 of
 Bob
 Dylan
 Honoring
 50
 Years
 of
 Amnesty
 International,
 was
 voted
 in
 the
 top
  10
 songs
 of
 2012
 by
 Time
 Magazine.


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