November 6th, 2011:
hey everyone, been getting a lot of really great reviews from blogs for our new release
"fractured days" on guilt ridden pop records. Check out the links on facebook. Also
check facebook for new show updates...under the shows tab on this website. We've been
having a great time playing out. Our late summer tour was fantastic. We really can't
thank all the bands, venues, fans/friends enough for their support. We're playing a
couple of festivals in milwaukee soon...the riverwest fest and the seizure
chicken/battlecry mke fall fest.
Also starting November 14th/15th the new album we'll be added to more college radio.
Progression is a natural flux in music, and when not a conscious effort, engages the
listener even more so, ditching cloying persuasion for something simple and honest.
Milwaukee’s Brief Candles drift on an entirely natural momentum generated during the
years between They Live We Sleep  to its current Fractured Days to create new
material that is a testament to years spent pouring their collective composing energies
into music that is heavy and layered yet disarmingly pretty. The formula remains the
same on the band’s thoughtful buildups and gracefully majestic instrumental passages,
but deepens with even more prominent vocals bending this formula and adding even more
life to the quartet’s signature muscular, yet shimmering, sound.
Fractured Days easily reads like a dream, hazy, yet realized, and what pulls it into
reality is its twists and turns, compliments of guest producers who manage to take
particular songs and polish them to brighten their edges just enough. Mostly recorded
in Milwaukee at Kevin Dixon’s Humdrum studios and at Greg Norman’s studio in Chicago,
the band sought out likeminded musical minds to take their new material into appropriate
Jeff Zeigler [Kurt Vile, Pattern is Movement] brightens and sparkles the dreamy “Ten
Weeks” and the vibraphone-adorned slow burner “Permafrost” while Adam Pierce
[The Swirlies, Mice Parade] heightens Boniger-Dixon and Dixon’s pretty vocal exchanges
on “Small Streets” and “Recognition”. Neil Weir [Vampire Hands, Gospel Gossip] hones in
on the band’s signature sound in “The Completist”, building and making it resonate
strongly without losing that sense of urgency the rhythm section naturally dips into to
make those builds even more significant. Full of dense sonic spaces, Fractured Days
sees Brief Candles at a new peak, not at all lost in translation even after several
years of wait.