While they may have all the markings of a brand new band, Brookville--or more specifically, the band's central singer/songwriter Andy Chase
--has a track record that extends back through the mid-'90s.
Chase was and is a member of Ivy--a terrific New York-based trio that emerged in 1994 and featured Chase, Adam Schlesinger, and French vocalist Dominique Durand--and since their debut single "Get Enough" in 1994, the band has released superb five albums to uniformly positive reviews.
However, when it comes to clever and talented musicians--which all members of Ivy certainly are--one band isn't necessarily enough. So as Ivy's Adam Schlesinger went off to meet significant success with his "side project" group Fountains Of Wayne
, Andy Chase has stepped up his production and engineering work with several significant groups, including Tahiti 80, the Divine Comedy, and Juliana Hatfield, among others. Additionally, he started a new record label--Unfiltered Records--which has reissued many of the Ivy albums, new recordings by an excellent South Florida-based band called the Postmarks, and, not incidentally, three albums by his own "side project," a band called Brookville
In sequence of release, the albums have been Wonderfully Nothing
(2003), Life In The Shade
(2006), and the brand new Broken Lights
, which is filled with thoughtful, melodic and subtle tunes that linger with each listening. It is one of the year's better albums by far.
In the studio for a performance as Brookville are Andy Chase (guitar, lead vocals) , Bruce Driscoll
(guitar, vocals), Aric Gillis
(bass, vocals) and Mike Williams
(drums). And let's take the time to point out the special appearance on "Break My Heart" by Tim Yehezkely
, the entirely female lead singer of the Postmarks, who visited our studio on the same day and gave a similarly fine performance we'll be spotlighting very soon.
Check out their performances below--and download audio versions of each track in the links that follow.
And here are the audio tracks themselves for your downloading/streaming pleasure:
The man of the hour, Andy Chase details the who, why, where and when of his fascinating career--whether it's as a member of Ivy, a producer and engineer of other fine artists, a record company and recording studio owner, or as the man who's so far made three exciting albums as a part of Brookville.
- Andy Chase
- Adam Schlesinger