As you can tell from the featured image, the Kings of the Brushwood Thicket value their anonymity. But I can reveal that the man behind this mysterious outfit is Bruce Erik Brauer, former guitarist with a band we featured not too long ago, Dog Society. Like this alt-rock band, Kings of the Brushwood Thicket are based in the Big Apple. Jamaica, Queens is where the group cut their debut album ‘The Lies You Leave Behind’ which is slated for release on May 5. This set of nine acoustic gems (available for pre-order here) has been described as a cross between the forlorn musings of David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen’s stripped-down classic ‘Nebraska’.
‘He Was A Man’ is emblematic of the sad, nostalgic ambiance that permeates The Lies You Live Behind, an album inspired by the deaths of Brauer’s father and uncle. The song, painted against crisp strumming, sparse drums and distant percussion, tells the dolorous tale of a man who lived a happy, if not mundane existence. It doesn’t sound like the man had much to shout about, but at least he had his family and a decent home. But with time, the woman of his dreams left and “took half his heart away” leaving him with an empty home and no hope. The “perfect” but “lonely” man, having no reason to live, soon dies giving the tragic tale a fittingly gloomy conclusion. What do you think of He Was A Man? Hate it or Love it?
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