Brett Andrus' sound advice 

click to enlarge RILEY BRATZLER
  • Riley Bratzler
Brett Andrus is a Colorado Springs native who started performing in the local music scene back in the 1990s in the band Soul Food (A Soul Food reunion show is happening Dec. 29 at the Zodiac). In recent years, Andrus has performed in local bands like HEADHUM, Waterbear and The Men of Deep Throat. Currently he is making electronic music with Kellie Palmblad in the project Della’ Grazie. In 2009 Brett co-founded The Modbo Gallery, and currently owns the S.P.Q.R. Art Space in the Arts Alley District of downtown Colorado Springs. We recently checked in with him to glean some insights into his favorite records.

Essential Saturday night listening: “New Noise” by the Refused, “The Hate I Won’t Commit” by Land of Talk, “Wail” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. I spend most Saturday nights in my studio painting. The requirements are loud and with energy. Over the last 20 years I have started the majority of my work to one of these three songs.

Essential Sunday morning listening: Sunday mornings start with drawing. The requirements: quiet stillness, a moody coffee, and space for refection. Dirty Beaches, José González and Tortoise are my go-to artists.

First record I bought with my own money: I bought my first three CDs right after my 14th birthday. My parents dropped me off at the mall and I excitedly walked to Disc Jockey with my birthday treasure. Steady Diet of Nothing by Fugazi, still one of my favorite albums. The Real Thing by Faith No More — ahhhh, the ‘90s. Beneath the Rhythm and Sound by The Ocean Blue.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Enjoy” by Björk. For the last couple of years I have been experimenting in the world of electronic music, multiple drum machines, touch pads, synths, etc. This song is my blueprint. It’s so moody, creative and driving. I have so much love for what she creates.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: That stupid Crash Test Dummies song “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.” I haven’t heard it in 25 years, but I promise I can sing every stupid lyric. I wish I could free up that memory space. Also anything by Lil Yachty.

My latest online discovery: Damaged Bug. My friend and musical aficionado Alex Koshak recommended them, and if Alex says listen, I listen. The music is fun, weird, creative. It feels like alchemy in the 1690s. They start with a hypothesis, add a little dash of this, a splash of that, and see what happens.

Artist more people should know about: Land of Talk. Canadian band fronted by the extraordinary singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell. The songs float between quiet, haunting whispers to aggressive, mechanical attack poses. Elizabeth Powell has my favorite voice in indie rock.

Guilty pleasure: George Michael. Who’s that guy driving around town blasting “Freedom” and singing at the top of his lungs? Me.


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