Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bands I Love: The Belle Brigade

The Belle Brigade are adorably catchy. I can't get their songs out of my head for the life of me, and I'm totally okay with that. The Belle Brigade is a folksy indie duo, consisting of siblings Barbrara Gruska and her little brother, Ethan Gruska. How cute is that? I'm pretty sure the only things my brothers and I could successfully do together on stage would be either beating each other up, making fun of each other, or retelling Mitch Hedberg jokes. Barbara and Ethan each play a bunch of different instruments and basically make everyone else who has ever been in a band look totally untalented. They're all like "What, bro? You can't play guitar, the drums and sing?! What's wrong with you?" But totally not in an obnoxious way, just in a subtle way that they do actually play a ton of instruments, and do so on stage, but don't, like, actually brag about it.

ANYWAY, I love them. Their entire vibe and energy is infectious. I saw them play at Irving Plaza a few months ago and I had a blast. Everyone was singing along, and jamming out with the band. It kind of reminded me of seeing Mumford & Sons. The songs aren't necessarily songs you would think of rocking out to, but somehow during the live show it translates into a big happy hipster dance party. I'm not usually a fan of stuff that's Fleetwood Mac-y, in fact I usually make fun of it a lot. But The Belle Brigade are starting to change my mind on that. I mean, I'm not running out and buying Rumors on vinyl or anything, but maybe I'll actually listen to it all the way through for once. Eh, probably not though.

The Belle Brigade's music is so timeless and inspiring. I put it on when I need a good pep talk and my Mom won't answer her phone. I'm proud to say that they are not only my top played arttist on Spotify, but four of my six top played songs. It's safe to say I'm obsessed. Here are my two favorite Belle Brigade jams! They make me feel like I can get up and win at life. So that's what I'm going to go do! I hope they do the same for you :)



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