Hailed as one of the finest, most creative and energetically enthused classic rock bands in the UK, The Brew are playing at The Engine Shed in Lincoln this month.
From Grimsby, The Brew consist of Tim Smith (bass), Kurt Smith (drums) and Jason Barwick (guitar and vocals).
Their career has gone from strength to strength since the release of their international breakthrough The Joker in 2008.
With two subsequent studio projects and a powerhouse live album, this award-winning trio has grown into one of Europe’s most potent rock acts, combining the musicianship of classic rock with youthful energy and a brash, contemporary outlook.
The band has appeared twice on Germany’s Prestigious Rockpalast show and has toured with the likes of ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and played alongside legends like Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Chickenfoot and Joe Satriani to name a few.
Renowned for their high octane live shows, The Brew’s new album Control is produced by Toby Jepson (Little Angels, The Virginmarys, The Answer) and mixed by Steve Harris (U2, Santana, Kodaline, Kula Shaker).
“Our career really took off when we were asked to do The Rockpalast show,” said frontman Jason.
“It was alongside Joe Bonamassa, who for some reason, best known to himself, decided he didn’t want to have his set shown that night.”
“So they asked us and the other artists on the bill, if we could do an extended set from 30 minutes to one hour.”
“It took us a millisecond to say yes.”
“They also said there was no room for an encore, but the crowd went mad and they couldn’t refuse.”
Their popularity in Europe, particularly in countries like Poland and Germany, remains very high and Jason admits he’d like to see the continental music fan’s attitude coming back in the UK.
“I think people in Europe of all age groups, are still looking to seek out new music and are prepared to pay to see it,” he continued.
“Whether it has been hyped in the media or not, they seem to support all forms of art and culture.”
“I think they look upon it as a great social event going to a gig – a quality night out, not just throwing money over a bar.”
“The UK was like this in the 70’s with touring bands, but has been in steady decline since.”
“It’s such a shame, as the whole of Europe still regards the UK as the home of rock & roll.”
“Yet touring bands have such a hard time here getting in front of an audience.”
“It just isn’t like this abroad.”
“Maybe because there are so many other distractions here and music is now so readily available and accessible on the internet, people perceive it not so necessary to go to gigs to discover music.”
“But the point is they are missing out on so much more that anything live has to offer.”
“Open your ears and minds, think outside the latest bubble.”
“Stop being a cartel and embrace the unknown more, take a chance.”
“This will be the first time we have played in Lincoln and at the Engine Shed and we are really looking forward to it.”
“We want to bring the music of the brew here and remind people what rock & roll is all about.”
“Get out and support live original music.”
Their Engine Shed gig takes place on Tuesday, 18th November and advance tickets priced £10 are available now on 01472 349222 or online at www.solidentertainments.com