Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Brockley has released ‘A Fire, The Cold To Fight’ the first single from his new album ‘Is Not Was’ due January 25th 2019 via Afterlife Music/Membran. Sometimes a first look at the the cover of an album is all that is required to get you interested and ‘Is Not Was’ just looks right. Judging a book by its cover might not be a scientific approach but I’m pleased to report that 'A Fire, The Cold To Fight' is more than enough to build anticipation for ‘Is Not Was’. You can judge for yourself as the single and a little more about Steve Brockley follows:
Surveying the stage at his live shows, the guy behind the drum kit is not the obvious place to find the singer (and the songwriter). However, this is where gig-goers will discover Steve Brockley leading his band, building his songs from the bottom up.
Marking a transition back to his first instrument, the drums, and teamed up with producer John Raham (The Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford), Brockley’s new album ‘Is Not Was' showcases a ‘less is more’ approach to making music that sees the Canadian singer-songwriter digging deeper into the vibe begun on 2013’s ‘LeBoeuf’ (his second album).
Opening with the laid-back groove of the title track, the record maintains a steady and grounded soulfulness with an emphasis on the songs and capturing a great performance. The result is a natural blend of folk/roots and soul, with hints of old school country music peppered throughout the album and an overall feel that has been compared to the likes of JJ Cale and The Band.
Although a multi-instrumentalist on record, Brockley is joined by a trio of musicians for his live shows who, like their leader, play music that feels genuine and integral to life. Having previously lived and performed out of Montreal, Brockley has rejected the idea that a musician needs to live in a big city to find success, instead choosing to find meaning in art and life based from his home nestled deep in the mountains of the West Kootenays in British Columbia. Sometimes, if you are able to get far enough away, something unique can be achieved.