Queen Street Harmony | Saturday, November 17
20 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Doors at 6:30pm show at 7:00pm
Ticket link coming: $20/$25 day of
Has been writing music from the time he can remember. But
shortly after experiencing early musical success playing under the moniker, The Fire Apes, John suffered a life-changing and debilitating onset of acute Panic-Anxiety Disorder. Agoraphobia became a part of his life. Confined in an illusory prison not of his own making, John continued to write music and lyrics. Most of these lyrics are written metaphorically. A mathematics teacher and literature enthusiast, Seymour’s inspirations and underlying meanings are usually a cathartic existential expression within the construct of the indie/rock/dream-pop genre. Perhaps best succinctly described by music critic, Jeremy Morse, “[John Seymour] understands what the British pop invasion was about and yet transcends the past and merges it beautifully with the future.”
With his troubles currently behind him, John is unshaken, possessing of a quiet gentle strength, and exudes a constant optimism that defies the challenges of a previous life. The new indie/rock/dream-pop/brit-pop project is comprised of Aron Robinson: drums/backing vocals, Bryan Swain: bass/backing vocals, and Carlin Fields: keyboards/backing vocals.
His music has been used previously on shows like “The Hills,” “Parental Control,” and USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness.” The new EP, “… with & squalor” was produced by Steve Lunt, former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records and Jive and multi-Grammy award winning and RIAA Platinum and Gold records mixing and mastering engineer Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NY, New York.
The new EP continues Seymour’s contemporary take on the classic British Invasion sound, influenced by acts like The Hollies, The Beatles, The Turtles, The Zombies, and The Animals. Additional influences include Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, The Shins, Alvvays, Beach House, and The Doors. John Seymour’s songs have received over 950,000 plays on www.myspace.com/fireapes and over 220,000 plays on Clear Channel
Two independent films: Back Soon from Guest House Films and The CT Poop from Road Dog Pictures.
"Such great stuff! Why are these guys not world famous?" David Bethany of The Killer Whales…[John Seymour] understands what the British pop invasion was about and yet transcends the past and merges it beautifully with the future... I highly recommend this CD...Really GREAT stuff that should be WAY better known than it is!!! A+" JAM Records - Jeremy Morris
Former MTV VJ and Podcaster, Adam Curry said: “I never played the same song twice in one episode. Here’s the exception. [Playing under the moniker, “The Fire Apes”], John Seymour’s “Let Me Know” would be a number one hit in Europe if Westlife were to record this one!”
In reference to the yet-to-be-released album, Eric Beall, author of the bestseller “Making Money Making Music”, said; “Love what you’re doing …I’m a real fan!”
Huey Lewis: “I’m a big fan! Can’t wait to hear the new material. I’d love to play harmonica on one of the new tracks.”
Singer-songwriter hails from the South and writes about the human condition from that perspective. His use of visual words is haunting, daunting and precise.
Born in Savannah, GA raised and still resides in Charleston, SC John learned early on how to put words with music in his grandparents’ home. His parents were diplomats with China, and he admired his grandfather who was well-versed and read in poetry and philosophy. In the early 1980s, after a brief stay in New York City, he moved to Los Angeles wheedled by Joe Walsh, of The Eagles. Soon after, he got a record deal, from Apache Records, an imprint of Capitol Records and released, Mystery Street found its way into the Top 20, and MTV put the single, “Desolation Angel” in rotation. John hit pay dirt, and he began to become a voice to be reckoned with. By 1993, in the wake of the success of Mystery Street, Brannen was signed by the recently renamed Mercury Nashville Records. His eponymous debut, John Brannen, contained the single “Moonlight and Magnolias,” which became a Top 10 hit on VH1. To launch Brannen’s career, the label chose him for one of three slots on the Triple Play Tour. Shania Twain and Toby Keith filled the remaining two slots.
His songs and co-written songs spread the spectrum of music and have covered by The Eagles, Tom Jones, Reba McIntyre, Richie Havens and Randall Bramblett. John enjoyed this long-running success and exposure for it gave him a wider audience along the way, but he needed to take a break. For about seven years, the singer-songwriter went on a self-imposed hiatus in his hometown of Charleston.
Since his return to the limelight in 2000, Brannen has been compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Jackson Browne. His craft and art were still pristine and aging well, like a bottle of wine.
The Good Thief and Twilight Tattoo, released in 2004 and 2006, respectively, are his most recent records. Twilight Tattoo, which features “A Cut So Deep,” a duet with Lucinda Williams, was co-produced by Brannen and David Z. Most recently, Brannen has had success as the songwriter of "Somebody" which appeared on Eagles album Long Road Out of Eden and was co-written with Brannen’s longtime collaborator and friend, Jack Tempchin.
Bravado is singer/songwriter John Brannen's third release for Sly Dog Records (2010) and sixth album overall. Acclaimed for his Americana/Rock/Country sound (with a little Roots/Twang mixed in), Brannen has been hailed by No Depression magazine “…as an original hybrid…”, while Billboard has called him “versatile and rewarding.”
Eight years later, John still is writing and performing around the country and has a few things on the horizon that will surely surprise fans.