The Brevet Typifies the Times with Home Grown Americana

Press Photo of The Brevet
Every era generates at least one type of musician. The 50's created rock & rollers; the 60's spawned psychedelic groups; and the 70's yielded hard rockers, punks, etc. In recent years, the musical world has seen the dawn of a new model -- one that is not so much rooted in musicality as it is rooted in enterprise. With the convenience and availability of modern recording tools, and with the opportunities for self-promotion and networking that the Internet provides, all it takes for musicians to become players is the passion to compose, record, and promote their own melodies. Becoming a superstar is not the stated goal of Aric Damm of the Irvine-based group The Brevet; he pursues the noble goal of creating music meant to comfort and give strength to people suffering from life's trials. The fact that his self-produced music has caught the ears of Music Supervisors, who have seen fit to include it in various television programs, is a bonus. See him and his band play the House of Blues Anaheim this Saturday along with Lowly Spects, Yukon Gold, My Double My Brother, and Ashlee Morton.

OC Weekly (Scott Feinblatt): What's the background of the band?

Aric Damm: Michael, the piano player, and myself were childhood friends (since second grade). We've been writing music together since like seventh grade, when we first started learning guitar and piano, and [some years later] we both broke off and went to college. I went to school for acting, and we started composing and doing the scores for all of the student films I was in, and that's kind of when we fell in love with this big, cinematic and epic sound that we're trying to go for...Then we just jumped in and started recording the first album. We released it in April 2013, and we just actually finished wrapping up our second album, which we will release this fall.

On your site, it mentions that you guys recorded your first album in a trailer park studio?

Yeah, we were recording in a clubhouse in a mobile home park.

So, it's kind of like a do-it-yourself type of studio situation?

Yeah, it's very much that. We're recording it all, mixing it all, and mastering it all ourselves.

Well, it sounds really good...very solid work.

Thank you. Actually, the mobile home park was perfect for it. You know, it's all wooden, and it happened to be great for us. It's a fun environment, and it inspired us in a lot of ways.

Your band's name, The Brevet, is a reference to a military warrant. What is the connection between the band's name and your overall lyrical theme (fighting against fear and doubt)?

I like to think that we have lyrics that we craft in a way that's hopefully inspiring in overcoming certain obstacles, and our band name derives from the brevet rank, in the Civil War, [which] was a rank that was ceded for honor and merit. And, once you received that rank, you didn't actually get paid any bonus for the things that you did -- kind of like how we're not in this / involved in this for certain aspects of money or anything like that. We're doing it because it's something we really love doing and we're passionate about. And we hope to inspire listeners with our lyrical content in that sense.

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