BY SUNNY CLARK // Eleven tracks of warm vocal harmonies, luscious grooves and melodies are poised to please a loyal following and win new fans
With an unique mix of PNW Soul and Indie-Pop, My Brothers and I blend a wide range of influences, creating melodic, soulful, dancing tunes on their debut full-length LP, Don’t Dream Alone. Slated to drop September 18th by Expunged Records, 11 tracks of warm vocal harmonies, luscious grooves and melodies are poised to please a loyal following and win new fans.
Celebrating the release of Don’t Dream Alone on September 17th at Lola’s Room, Bassist Erik Wurgler says,
“We’re influenced by Pop, Hip-Hop, the Blues, Motown, Funk and Soul, but we wouldn’t place ourselves under a single umbrella. This album has soul. We’re influenced by modern artists and the classics. Our songs fit into the current musical landscape, but with throwback vibes.”
Brothers David (lead vocals), Erik (bass/vocals) and Scott Wurgler (drums), together with childhood friends Jordan Roach (guitar) and Johnny Iliyn (keys/vocals), form a lively quintet. My Brothers and I previously debuted a digital EP, Live Sessions. Recorded at Miracle Lake Studios with Skyler Norwood at the helm (Blind Pilot, Priory, Horsefeathers), Don’t Dream Alonedelivers the heightened energy that live audiences have come to love.
“We did record two songs from our live EP, “Nowhere to Run” and “Fly Away”, on this record but, in the studio, you focus on every detail, so those songs really developed into something special on this record,” said Wurgler. “Overall, we think a studio recording is always going to be more precise than a live recording. The challenge is to bring and capture the same energy from a live recording in the studio – and Skyler did an amazing job of that."
Don’t Dream Alonerepresents the idea of dreaming unselfishly. “People dream for themselves everyday,” lead singer David Wurgler points out, “but when you dream with, or for, other people, amazing things can happen.” Don’t Dream Aloneis the dream and voice of five individuals- rather than one driving songwriter in the band -working as a true collective to create each song.”
“I think the best part of being a band is that you collaborate. This album is a combination of how these songs sounded in all of our heads so, naturally, some ideas stayed while others had to be left behind. But, we are all absolutely amazed by the final product – it’s something we’re all very proud of,” says Scott, the eldest Wurler brother.
Driven by the mighty, yet soothingly soulful voice of David Wurgler; many first-time listeners to My Brothers and I are drawn in by his silky, alluring siren sound. “The vocals and harmonies are the highlights of this record,” says Erik,
“Unleashing David in the vocal booth was special. This was David’s first time ever recording in a studio. Multiple times he would do something with his voice and we’d look at each other in awe.”
Album highlights include the bright album opener, “Dream”, the upbeat ballad, “Maddy Brown”, a late-night, dark slice of soul, “Na Na Na”, the subtle funk of “Stay Here” and the sparse, haunting album closer, “Scars”. Singing “Somebody scared of the light, now that’s a tragedy,” the song lyrically drives the album all the way home, leaving you with a feeling of warmth while stimulating your thoughts and reflection on what you’ve just experienced.
“Being scared of the light could mean a lot of things,” says David Wurgler, “It can represent being scared of change, taking risks, or stepping outside your comfort zone – even if it is for the best. But, those are all things we need to do in order to live a purposeful life.”
My Brothers and I have stepped outside their comfort zone with Don’t Dream Alone, pushing themselves to bring out their best, working hard to create an album that will resonate with listeners of multiple genres because the light shines in a mutitude of genres as well – this is a record for music fans by music fans.