Brett Newski w/ Walter Salas-Humara
- 8 - 11 p.m.
- $10 – $12
- Ages 21+
Known as the first band ever to be kicked out of Wal-Mart for playing an illegal show, Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow bring a 90's alternative sound across America this fall.
Newski has played over 1200 shows on every continent except Antarctica. Most recently he's been supporting Violent Femmes, PIXIES, Chuck Ragan, & New Pornographers in the US.
His latest LP, "Life Upside Down" was produced by Hutch Harris of Sub-Pop & Saddle Creek legends The Thermals and engineered by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Superchunk, Bob Mould), "Life Upside Down" is a beautiful catharsis to a happier brain and sense of belonging. If you frequently find yourself stuck in your own head traffic, this record might help get you free.
Brett Newski has certainly kicked his own ass over the past 6 years, touring infinitely (mostly alone) and wandering down the rabbit hole of anxiety, depression, and wallowing self-doubt. All of these negatives have blossomed into positive creative energy on his third LP.
"Anxiety can actually be a good thing. If you use it right, that nervous energy can be channeled into motivation or creativity," explains Newski. "Even the most seemingly confident people have self doubt."
Walter Salas Humara has never been one to dismiss his past, especially as it applies to his Hispanic heritage. The onetime leader of the seminal Americana outfit The Silos even opted to name his new album after his the nickname given him by his family, and then went several steps further by singing two of its songs in Spanish — the rousing opening track “El Camino De Oro” and the perky yet persistent “Hecho En Galicia.” Granted, that’s not as bold a move as it might once have been in a more Anglo-fied era, but even in today’s multicultural environment, it still shows a certain propensity for expanding his embrace.
After The Silos went on hiatus 20 or so years ago, Salas-Humara undertook a solo sojourn that has gained him international recognition all on his own. Indeed, his knack for plying rock steady rhythms with a decidedly personal perspective has helped him carve a niche in today’s roots rock firmament. In that regard, Walterio is one of his most personable and pointedly engaging efforts yet, whether it’s the vulnerable plea of “Should I Wait for Tomorrow” to the rockier resolve of “Out of the Band,” a humorous diatribe about the conflict that often erupts out of the usual group dynamic.
With former Silos drummer Konrad Meissner in tow, Humara frequently summons an unabashed rock ‘n’ roll revelry, and the brash swagger powering songs such as “Here We Go” and the steady,seductive “She’s a Caveman” attest to his ability to follow the form. Consider him a populist rocker of sorts, a musician whose live performances frequently find him freely mingling with his audiences while serving up his songs. “I Want to be with you,” he declares in the ebullient song of the same name, and while it may be a romantic entreaty in theory, it also attests to his populist precepts. Even a cursory listen ensures the feeling will remain mutual.
About the author: Lee Zimmerman
Lee Zimmerman has been an accomplished freelance music writer, reviewer, critic and blogger for the past twenty years. His work has appeared in No Depression, Country Standard Time, CBS Watch Magazine, Goldmine, Blurt, Country Standard Time, Bluegrass Situation, American Songwriter, New Times, Billboard, Keyboard Magazine and Performing Songwriter. Granted, he doesn’t make a lot of money for these endeavors, but the rewards come in the form of a steady influx of CDs and concert tickets, as well as the opportunity to interview many of his rock ‘n’ roll heroes. It also justifies the fact that he can keep a hairstyle best suited to a 25 year old surfer circa 1972.