Pub rock, the English roots rock movement of the early ’70s, would never have earned a cult following if it wasn’t for Brinsley Schwarz. Initially, Brinsley Schwarz was a rambling, neo-psychedelic folk-rock band that borrowed heavily from Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Grateful Dead. Along the way, they established a circuit for similar bands like Dr. Feelgood and Ducks Deluxe to follow. Though the group was nominally guitarist Brinsley Schwarz’s band, bassist/lead vocalist Nick Lowe provided the bulk of the group’s songs. Lowe developed a distinctive songwriting voice — conversational, melodic, offbeat, and funny — and the band was infused with his skewed sense of humor.
Schwarz and Andrews became members of Graham Parker’s backing band, the Rumour. Gomm pursued a solo career; Rankin played with Terraplane and Big Jim Sullivan’s Tiger before retiring from music. Lowe became a successful solo artist and producer, scoring his biggest hit in 1980 with “Cruel to Be Kind,” a Brinsley leftover that the band never recorded.
Brinsley Schwarz to release 2nd solo Album ‘Tangled’ on Fretsore Records
London-based indie label Fretsore Records have signed Graham Parker and the Rumour guitarist Brinsley Schwarz to their roster. The news comes ahead of the release of Brinsley’s upcoming 2021 album ‘Tangled’ and will be preceded by the single “Storm in the Hills”, due...