Chris Brokaw

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Perhaps best known for his work as the drummer in Codeine and the
guitarist in Come, who made several albums in the 1990’s for the labels Sub Pop and Matador that are considered landmarks in American independent rock music. Since 2001, Chris has focused primarily on his work as a solo artist, making numerous albums of vocal and instrumental music ranging from full on rock (Red Cities, Incredible Love) to explorations of the 6-string and 12-string acoustic guitars (Canaris, VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume 3) to the experimental and abstract (Tundra, Gracias, Ghost of the Future). Throughout, Chris has maintained an active solo touring schedule in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and Russia. He received an award for Best Original Score at the Brooklyn International Film Festival for his music score on Road, directed by Leslie McCleave. Chris has also performed and recorded as an accompanist to Thurston Moore, Evan Dando, Christina Rosenvinge, Jennifer O’Connor, Steve Wynn, Alan Licht, GG Allin, and Johnny Depp; performed as one of 77 drummers in the Boredoms’ “77 Boadrum” in New York; and performed as one of 200 guitarists in Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” at Lincoln Center, New York. His band Dirtmusic (with Chris Eckman and Hugo Race) performed at the Festival In The Desert, in Essakane, Mali, and collaborated with the Touareg band Tamikrest.
Currently, Chris plays in the bands Wrekmeister Harmonies, The New Year, and The Empty House Cooperative, all of whom have new albums in the works for 2012 and 2013. He also plays in a duo with Geoff Farina, and in a new duo with Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))) ) called The Catamites. 2012 saw the release of Gambler’s Ecstasy (Damnably/12XU), a rock solo album five years in the making. Chris toured the US and Europe extensively with the Japanese band MONO and Dinosaur Jr throughout 2012-2013, In May 2013 COME reformed for European and US tours and the re-issue of 11:11 on Matador & Glitterhouse.
‘Mass, Grave’ by Martha’s Vineyard Ferries (Chris Brokaw w/ Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots), Bob Weston (Shellac, Volcano Suns, Mission of Burma)) was also released in 2013.

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“asserts his mastery of mood shift.” MOJO

“Whether best described as having a restless muse or an open mind, there’s no denying Brokaw is a phenomenal musician. . . You can feel it from the very beginning; the crisp, murky bracken of dense, disorienting fuzz; a sense of purpose and deliberation that lasts until the very last note of the final track, pushing things forward and tying the album’s eclectic strands together. . . “There are highs and lows; roars and whispers; fist-clenchers and eye-moisteners, with Brokaw firmly in control of his wild art. Then there’s the album’s ten-minute centrepiece: ‘The Appetites’ is a veritable behemoth of post-rock-indebted gloom. There are echoes of Slint, Aerial M and even Mogwai’s folkier excursions, with the Boston veteran’s voice almost entirely obscured by the cyclical pattern. Draining, sure, but no less rewarding for it. . .” The Line of Best Fit

“. . . ‘California’ is a definite highlight of the album, being everything that you wouldn’t expect from a song titled ‘California’. No palm trees, sunny beaches or Hollywood glamour here, just an intense combination of shaky guitar strumming and folky vocals. The record comes to a dramatic conclusion in the form of ‘Richard and Vanessa in the Box’, [which] quickly becomes a gargantuan swarm of musical darkness, partially hidden behind a veil of fuzzy lo-fi quality that does little to dilute the deep nature of this song. . . ” The 405

SHOWS
14 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Bilbao Kafe Antzokia ES
15 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Gijon El patio de la favorita ES
22 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Almendralejo Salon de Teatres ES
23 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Don Benito Rincon Pio Sound ES
24 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Madrid Siroco ES
25 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Alicante Teatro Arniches (Atiende Alicante) ES
28 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Barcelona Heliogàbal ES
31 Jan 2015 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in San Sebastian Le Bukowski ES
02 Jun 2014 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in London The Windmill UK
31 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Birmingham Supersonic Festival UK
29 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Glasgow Mono UK
28 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Brussels Cafe Central BE
26 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Rotterdam Le Sud NL
25 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Zichem Cafe Den Hemel BE
24 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in London Vortex SE
01 Nov 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum NL
31 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Groningen Groninger Museum NL
30 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Imola Circusforza IT
29 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Ravenna Moog IT
28 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Milano Gatto IT
27 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Agliano Il Moderno IT
26 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Vecchiano Redroom Studio IT
25 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Lausanne Le Bourg CH
24 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Graz Elevate Festival AT
23 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Carpi Mattatoio IT
22 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Bologna Freak Out IT
21 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Fribourg Frisson CH
20 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Hasselt House Show BE
19 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Hasselt Kunstencentrum Belgie BE
18 Oct 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Peer The Other Side BE
05 Mar 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Nurnberg K4 DE
04 Mar 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Innsbruck PML AT
03 Mar 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Luzern Schuur CH
02 Mar 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Dudigen Bad Bonn CH
01 Mar 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Mulhouse Noumatrouff FR
28 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Amiens La Lune des Pirates FR
27 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Limoges La Fourmi FR
26 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Nimes La Paloma FR
23 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Hasselt House Show BE
22 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Hasselt Guestcollege PHL Music BE
21 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Berlin House Show DE
20 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Berlin ATK DE
18 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Prague Lucerna Music Bar CZ
16 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Zagreb Culture Factory HR
15 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Milan Bloom IT
14 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Porto O Meu Mercedes PT
13 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Vila Real Club de Vila Real PT
12 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Barcelos Salao Nohra da Camara PT
11 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in TBA TBA PT
09 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Chris Brokaw in Castellon Tanned Tin 2013 ES