When I decided to launch PlayFairNow.org a few months ago I wrote that I really wish I didn’t have to do it at all. That I would rather spend my free time with my kids and playing in my bands. The Important stuff. The things that mattered to me. Sure, I knew ideologically how important it was to draw attention to independent artists, but I have to say that I had no idea how choosing an Artist of the Week would personally affect me. After the initial push to get the website online and organized I had a moment of hesitation. How was I going to find these bands? Every week?
You should know Andrew Thorn was one of the first bands to sign up on PlayFairNow.org. They have also written and recorded one of the most exciting collections of songs I’ve had the pleasure to hear in a long time.
Brutes on the Quiet is seething with dark humor, attitude, energy and sounds as-cool-as-fuck. This really is a beautiful sounding record. I have sat here for the last couple of hours listening to the album finding new nuances that I want to tell you about. Then the next song comes on and I want to tell you why this song is even more amazing than the previous one. I want to tell you that the stutter on Strip Machine would make Roger Daltrey jealous. The guitar playing is at times a master class of understatement and then explodes into retro-soaked skronk. The Tricky cover alone is worth the price of the album. Sweet baby Jesus the bass guitar tone and playing is stunning. I really could go on and on. Don’t just listen to Me Jane on PlayFairNow.org, go to Andrew Thorn’s myspace page and listen to all the songs.
The album design is by the legendary James Marsh
Andrew Thorn is João Pedro Coimbra, a Portuguese composer/musician/producer and founder of the extremely successful duo Mesa. Andrew Thorn is João’s way of exploring his creativity beyond Mesa’s sound with the help of some friends, Jorge Coelho, Miguel Ramos and Jorge Queijo. Together they shape the band’s sound and identity.
Their debut EP, Brutes On The Quiet, was released independently last year (Mesa is signed to Sony/BMG).
Fingers-crossed that Andrew Thorn will be playing a festival or two in England this summer. I can’t wait!
Yes, I love this album. But each of the Artists of the Week have inspired me. In fact, I’m dying to tell you about all the cool bands that have somehow found their way to PlayFairNow.org but I know I have to wait until Monday morning to tell you about the next band. They are all different. They are all independent. They all have something unique to offer us.
I don’t care if I never get any sleep again. I am so glad I started PlayFairNow.org.