The Brangs are not about sad songs. The Brangs sing songs for people who have seen enough darkness to know that there’s always good stuff out there. There’s some sunlight fighting its way through the clouds. There is truth that will outshine lies. Sure, there’s good news, but we’re gonna have to get through the bad stuff first.
The spectrum of influences found in the music of The Brangs includes the long shadow of the modern American canon of Springsteen, Petty, and The Band, with additional seasoning provided by the early whispers of the Alt-Country movement of Uncle Tupelo, Alejandro Escovedo, and Whiskeytown. Add the piss and vinegar of growing up a lonely punk rock kid in a one horse town and you’re starting to get at the nuts and bolts of what makes The Brangs tick.
Originally conceptualized as a the guitar and drum duo of Pete Barker and Kevin Coughlin, The Brangs played throughout the greater Sacramento area for a year before starting the process of recording what would eventually become Seafoam Green, the band’s debut album. Along the way the band added Rob Meyer at bass guitar, and then lead guitarist, Tom Proulx, leading us to the current lineup of The Brangs.
Pete sings like a guy that needs to get some stuff off of his chest and plays guitar like a guy that doesn’t mind breaking a few strings if that’s what it takes. Kevin manages to cross the line between artful, precision drumming and ragged beauty and is the rock solid foundation that keeps the band between the lines. Rob adds low end to songs in that intuitive and understated kind of way that drives the songs without ever letting on that he’s the one behind the wheel. Most recently, Tom Proulx joined the family to drive the band onto the ledge overlooking the abyss, adding a dimension of sound that fills the space between beauty and noise.