BRAD: Shame CD. Pearl Jam, Satchel members. Check videos

BRAD: Shame CD. Pearl Jam, Satchel members. Check videos


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Brad is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992. Brads sound is influenced by the wide variety of influences brought by its members, including Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Regan Hagar (Satchel and formerly a member of Malfunkshun), Shawn Smith (also a member of Pigeonhed and Satchel)and Jeremy Toback. The distinctive vocals of Smith are a major factor in this sound.

Brad formed officially in 1992, although the band members had been playing together for a long time before that. The bands line-up was composed of vocalist Shawn Smith, guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeremy Toback, and drummer Regan Hagar.
Shame, released on April 27, 1993 through Epic Records, was recorded in roughly 20 days, with many tracks taken from in-studio jam sessions. Shame, featuring a raw sound and an eclectic mix of styles, was released to mixed reviews and moderate sales. The track “20th Century” was a minor hit in the UK.

Brad – Shame CD – 1993

Catalogue 473596 2 on Epic label

My fingers
20th Century
Good news
Raise Love
Bad for the Soul

Released a couple of months before Pearl Jams Vs. broke sales records, Shame is one of the sharper side-project efforts out there, largely because it doesn’t seek to clone the parent group. Instead of Gossard, the focus falls on vocalist Shawn Smith, the sweetly voiced, soul-inspired frontman who also achieved notice later for his own group, Satchel, as well as his project with production legend Steve Fisk, Pigeonhed. On his first major effort, Smith shows excellent control, avoiding the theatricality of the likes of Michael Bolton. His astonishing falsettos have won him Prince comparisons, but hes no slavish imitator, with a rich tone and sense of hurt. He handles keyboards for the group as well and his piano and organ parts quite fine and his performance sense generally spot on. His composition “Screen,” especially when it gets to a lovely vocal/piano/bass break towards the end, is a good all-around showcase for his work. As a band, Brad works in traditional but quite effective ways, about as close as the group gets to Pearl Jam in any sense. If anything, in “My Fingers” the group actually has a better anthem than most of whats on Ten, Smiths heavily flanged vocals mixed with a stirring Gossard guitar build and rhythms crunch. The group mostly works in two modes — uplifting, heavier rockers along the lines of “My Fingers,” also including the quietly funky “20th Century” and the great album-finisher “We,” and slower, quieter late-night groovers like “Buttercup” and “Good News.” The four always do a fine job, guaranteeing a pleasant listen through and through. Bassist Jeremy Tobacks own vocal turn on the melancholic “Down” isn’t bad either, while the squelchy-voiced “Rockstar” is an amusing little one-off, not to mention the weird rant in the albums final seconds.