March 5, 2017 | doors at 8:00pm
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Sorry, Mom! Productions presents:
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The Odd Willow Release Show
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Big Brutus
I have always been a firm believer that people don’t learn all that much about themselves when they are happy. More often than not it takes change, sometimes miserable, heart-wrenching change for true growth to occur. Relationships, once rosy-cheeked and blithe, can so quickly falter, turn claustrophobic, become toxic water to the mouth of the thirsty. Yet even as people go their separate ways, they are still connected. Few songwriters know this better than Big Brutus, the solo project of Sean Bryant. Throughout two albums of beautiful, memory-laden songs, the life-cycle of emotions plays a starring role. Melancholy, isolation, and despair make us recognize the pain we’ve felt before. In 'Backyard Song (A Dream Turns)', from his first album, '[Tiny Box]', released in March of 2016, Big Brutus reckons with the gulf between the expanses of nature, and the inner isolation of its viewer. What begins as a gentle song still as snow, morphs into a coda of fearfulness and anxiety. It’s a fantastic example of Big Brutus’ ability to fight artistically with isolation and melancholy, to lose himself in these emotions, and to come out stronger on the other side. Refreshingly, '[Tiny Box]' never succumbs to clichéd old platitudes about love-lost or hope-regained, but presents the bullshit and frustrating grey areas that make up a life lived.

“Sometimes you gotta let them go,” Big Brutus sings on the Appalachian-tinged song 'Louise' from his sophomore album, 'The Odd Willow', releasing on March 5th, 2017. There is the evidence of growth in these new songs, of acceptance, of unwithered passion. While acoustic guitar is still present, Sean has made more room for electric guitars, less angry than affirming. On 'Games for Nameless Things' and 'Bury Bone', Big Brutus presents his more hardened and scarred persona. These are undoubtedly fun songs, but they explore the residues of anger that remain no matter how much time has passed. 'The Odd Willow' finds the songwriter in new headspace, but still capable of producing gorgeous, endearing and emotional music. Whether good or bad, hope or loss, expansion or isolation, Big Brutus implores us to “carry it all back home.” It’s hard not to.
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