With the launch of their second full-length album approaching on October 18, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have a new single releasing digitally on 29th September. A tale of love found amongst pretty bad circumstances, ‘Take A Little Time’ is about letting go of someone in order to do the best thing for each other.
Recorded and mixed at Union Street Studios by Roger Bergodaz and mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering, the second taste of the new album follows the first single ‘Loose Change’ (Out 16th June) and will be available through Bandcamp and iTunes and to stream on Spotify, Apple Music and wherever you listen online. With Grant Taylor on guitar, Ben Franz on pedal steel, Luke Richardson on double bass, Roger Bergodaz on drums and Brooke Russell on lead vocal and guitar this track also features lush string arrangements by Shane Reilly (Lost Ragas, Tex Perkins).
‘Take A Little Time’ is out on 29th September and the band will launch ‘The Way You Leave’ live at The Spotted Mallard on Saturday 21st October with special guests Xani and Cookie Baker and tickets are on sale now.
AND THE MEAN REDS
with special guests
Xani and Cookie Baker
The Spotted Mallard
Sat 21st October 8pm
Written between Nashville and Melbourne, the second full length album from Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds (http://brookerussellandthemeanreds.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4706ba6b7b55d45a9aafc716&id=a228bec0ff&e=789ede9ece) , ‘The Way You Leave’ (http://brookerussellandthemeanreds.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d4706ba6b7b55d45a9aafc716&id=70ad651c16&e=789ede9ece) is due for release on October 18. Sweet, sultry and soaring, this new collection of songs document love, loss, friendship and regret and feature co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.
With Grant Taylor on guitar, Ben Franz (The Waifs) on pedal steel, Luke Richardson (Raised By Eagles) on double bass, Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas) on drums and Brooke Russell on lead vocal and guitar, the band tracked the bed of the album live at Union St Studios, with Roger Bergodaz at the helm. Two tracks stripped back the Mean Reds sound to feature Brooke in trio mode with double pedal steel guitar backing from Franz and special guest Shane Reilly (Lost Ragas, Tex Perkins). Reilly also composed stunning string arrangements and piano before the final touches were made by some special friends bringing backing vocal magic; Ladie Dee (Howl At The Moon), Emilee South, James Arneman and Flora Smith (Small Town Romance), Tracy McNeil and Jac Tonks (Amarillo).
“Brooke Russell and the Mean Reds’ country-inflected take on timeless pop that you’ll dig if you like Caitlin Rose.” – Nashville Scene
“She’d be at home in the Nighthawks diner, except that she’s maybe not jaded enough. There’s an innocence and hope to most of her songs that feels like a balm.” – McKinley Valentine, unpaved.com.au
“Sweet and slow country, with close vocal harmonies and just the right amount of melancholy.” – Chris Cobcroft, 4ZZZ
Photos by Tajette O’Halloran – www.tajetteohalloran.com
With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds (http://brookerussellandthemeanreds.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4706ba6b7b55d45a9aafc716&id=9b9c645f8b&e=789ede9ece) blend vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country.
Drawing influence from alt country, jazz and folk styles, the band are also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Sharon Van Etten, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case. Their debut album, Poor Virginia (http://brookerussellandthemeanreds.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4706ba6b7b55d45a9aafc716&id=e4fbfffbc0&e=789ede9ece) was released in August 2013, and listed in Basement Discs Top 10 Australian Albums of The Year and Unpaved’s 50 Best Albums of 2013. After showcasing at the 2014 Americana Festival in Nashville, the band released a single, Never’s Gonna Take Too Long (http://brookerussellandthemeanreds.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d4706ba6b7b55d45a9aafc716&id=b91b3406ac&e=789ede9ece) in April 2015 and an EP of the same name in December 2015.
Brooke received a Creative Victoria grant to return to Nashville in March 2016. She was also the 2016 winner of the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award for her song Never’s Gonna Take Too Long.