People dream for themselves everyday, but when you dream with or for other people, amazing things can happen.
The worst possible thing you can do when facing tragedy is hole up alone in that dark, terrible place. Whether it’s a sudden cancer diagnosis, the senseless death of a child, or the mortality and salvation of the entire human race at stake after yet another ISIS attack in an everyday ordinary gathering place, the natural human inclination is to withdraw and rely on the hapless randomness of this huge black wormhole of a universe — alone.
Music reaches through the black darkness in places that seem ready to heal and hope, but is helpless to know how to start. This is what groups like My Brothers And I do best. Put together by, literally, three brothers (David, Erik, and Scott Wurgler), and their childhood friends (Jordan Roach and Johnny Iliyn), the Northwest alt-pop band throws in catchy melodies anyone can follow and catchier pop-worthy lyrics to catch those elusive dreams and rid the classically cursed of those terrible nightmares in the flash of the first track rotation.
My Brothers And I seem as home with the Top 40 set as with the defiant collegiate radio outcasts. Their new record, their first full-on studio album, Don’t Dream Alone, brims over with 11 likeable songs on the comfy rhythm section of guitar, bass, drums, keys, and vocals.
The quintet’s previous record, the true debut in a digital-only EP, is as opposite of this studio album as can be in its live nature. Two of the songs from Live Sessions find a more expansive home in the studio versions.
“We did record two songs from our live EP — ‘Nowhere to Run’ and ‘Fly Away’ — on this record. But, in the studio you focus on every detail, so those songs really developed into something special on this record,” explained bassist Erik Wurgler, in press for the new record. “Overall, we think a studio recording is always going to be more precise than a live recording. The challenge is to bring and capture the same energy from a live recording in the studio — and [renowned producer] Skyler [Norwood] did an amazing job of that.”
The band has already appeared on the Huffington Post for the video premiere of the first cut, “Dream.” Amazon proclaimed the album as “The Next Big Thing” for its “The Next Program.”
The songs themselves? Inviting, accessible musical conversation best described as that interactive balm when first awakening from a bad dream, a coma, or general surgery — find a mass of humanity at the welcome. It’s when the nurses hover over your body talking about the roses in Sarah’s garden blooming early this spring to the bathroom renovation that took two weeks too long, distracting you from your painful sutures and your urge to regurgitate the leftover stink of anesthetic oblivion. It’s the quiet, busy, mundane, charming normal of people at work and at play.
From the lively love song of “Maddy Brown,” and the earnestly hopeful mantra of “Waiting For”, to the dark tenets of “Scars” and “Na Na Na,” My Brothers And I’s Don’t Dream Alone won’t leave you alone.
Lead vocalist David, bassist/vocalist Erik, drummer Scott Wurgler, and their childhood musician friends, guitarist Jordan Roach and keyboardist/vocalist Johnny Iliyn continue the U.S. trip, visiting the Northwest for a few sets this month. They’re playing the Governor’s Cup in Salem, OR this Friday, McDonald Theatre with singer/songwriter Allen Stone in Eugene December 1, the Knitting Factory with Stone again in Spokane December 2, the Wonder Ballroom with Family of the Year in Portland December 3, and Seattle Living Room Shows/Seattle Secret Shows with Liz Vice, somewhere special on Capitol Hill, December 4, 9:30 p.m. (sold out already, bummer!).
“People dream for themselves everyday, but when you dream with or for other people, amazing things can happen,” David Wurgler continued in the band bio. Let these guys play and sooth your minus flares.