Gentleman Brawlers are an electrifying Brooklyn group whose music draws from soul, psych, afrobeat, and electronic styles. The band’s new single, “The Bullet” premieres today on Bored In Pittsburgh.
“The Bullet” contains the same frenetic sense of energy as the rest of the Brawlers’ music, wrapping itself tightly around a jittery, concentric guitar pattern and exploding periodically into emphatic free-jazz outbursts. The song’s refrain (“The bullet that’s gonna kill me/I can’t dodge it”) is more empowering than it is fatalistic; frontwoman Becca Fox uses her own mortality as motivation to live life more fully. She punctuates the lyric with an octave-scaling “Yeah!” as if to drive home the point. Message most definitely received.
Here’s what the band has to say about the single: “The Bullet is a scorching Psychedelic Soul banger with a do-or-die message about living in the moment. Singer Becca Fox belts out the passionate vocal, sounding a bit like an Indie-Rock Madonna fronting Antibalas. Take note, fans of Angel Olsen and Sharron Van Etten”
We’ve actually got a two-for-one; there’s also a live video! This one is from the band’s set at the Brooklyn Bowl, when they opened for Fantastic Negrito. The Brawlers have a thrilling and virtuosic live show, notable for Fox’s dynamic dance moves. Check it out below:
If you happen to be in New York City on New Year’s Eve, and you don’t want to deal with the crowds in Times Square, Gentleman Brawlers are going to be playing the McKittrick Hotel.