After quickly developing a reputation across Canada and various parts of the globe for their exceptional musicianship, Joey and David Landreth have at taken the plunge into a project that is uniquely their own, The Bros. Landreth.
Born to a musical family, both sons took to the craft early and quickly. Joey played the guitar before he could speak and Dave experimented with every instrument in the house before eventually settling comfortably on his Dad’s old Fender P-Bass. Their father, much respected songwriter and side-man, Wally Landreth, was an institution in his own right in the Winnipeg music scene where the boys were raised and began to pay their own dues. Wally toured the continent as a musician and developed a wealth of experience that he would pass on to his two young sons. Almost prophetically, in his early teenage years, Joey followed in his father’s footsteps as a working freelance musician. He was touring across the country and playing nightclubs while he was still finishing high school. In no time Joey quickly amassed a star-studded resumé. He has since toured and recorded with Emerson Drive, Dallas Smith, Deric Ruttan, Steve Bell, The Wyrd Sisters, and most recently with Juno and CCMA winners, Doc Walker. Meanwhile, his older brother Dave took a similar approach and set to work developing a reputation for his simple and solid bass playing. He’s extensively toured North America, Europe, and Australia with such Canadian talent as Romi Mayes, Chris Carmichael, and indie-pop group, Imaginary Cities. To complete the band The Bros. have called on long-time musical cohorts: Ryan “Rhino” Voth (Del Barber, Fred Penner, The New Lightweights), and Alex Campbell (The Sweet Alibi, JD Edwards Band). Long time friends, they’ve grown up playing and working with both Landreths, together and separate, in an innumerable combination of musical outings.
All four twentysomethings hail from the sprawling southern Manitoban prairies and they are fiercely proud to call Winnipeg home. “We’re at the epicenter of this great artistic hub, smack dab in the middle of the coldest place in the known universe.” Dave playfully exaggerates. “We have to write and play just to stay warm half the year... It becomes a creative incubator – a survival technique.” The end product of these exercises in self-preservation are The Bros. Landreth’s songs.
They are alt-country road maps that are mostly auto-biographical – hinting at the fallout of a life as a touring musician, and exploring melancholy themes of love gone bad and love gone worse. They leave the esoteric behind in favor of delivering their stories simply and never letting their road-proven musicality stand in the way of the songs speaking for themselves. The result: an undeniable vulnerability in the plain spoken narratives, songs that weave a heart on your sleeve tale of finding your way through relationships and heart-ache.
Their debut album, Let it Lie, was recorded through the dead of winter in Southern Manitoba with the guidance of friend and producer Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Tara Oram, Crash Test Dummies). Their studio time happened to land them directly in the middle of the coldest week in January with the temperature hovering below -30 C. The heat in the loaned van died on the trip out to the country and they had to borrow a heat gun to defrost a pie shaped circle in the windshield. The warmth of the tracks, however, belie the bitter cold they survived in order to capture the sounds that would eventually turn into their first album.
You can find the Bros. Landreth out on the road, investing their own blood and sweat in support of their first release.
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