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“Indie-pop troubadour,” “one-man rock & roll band,” and “workhorse multi-instrumentalist” are all accurate descriptions of John Brodeur. Since announcing his arrival with 2001's Tiger Pop, the NYC-based singer-songwriter has released a series of critically praised solo LPs, fronted two bands (the Suggestions and Maggie Mayday), and toured the nation extensively, both on his own and as a member of numerous bands (including the Morning After Girls, Soren Well, and Hector on Stilts). Following a successful campaign to fund the 2011 reissue/re-recording of Tiger Pop, Brodeur is again teaming with Pledge Music to bring his latest collection, Little Hopes, to fans in early 2013. With sounds that run the gamut—from Beatlesque acoustic confessionals (“Daily Affirmation”) to locomotive guitar rock (“One Man Army”) to lush, orchestral pop (“Dig”)—Little Hopes is an honest cross-section of the artist's distinctive musical palette, and Brodeur's most surprising record to date.
John Brodeur is an indie-pop troubadour with a big-time rock streak. The New York-based musician has made a reputation as a talented recording artist, composer of first-class alternative pop songs, and a restless multi-instrumentalist.
Last spring, John released Tiger Pop Ten--a 2-CD set featuring a newly recorded version of his debut album, coupled with a 10th-anniversary reissue of the original disc--and followed this with his first full U.S. solo tour, a 55-date juggernaut with stops in all four corners of the country. Not one to sit still for long, he then signed on as a member of Australia-via-NYC band The Morning After Girls for a fall U.S. tour. To some, the balance between true-bred singer-songwriter and busy touring musician may seem tough to manage--but John never lets it show.
Released at the beginning of 2001, John's solo debut, Tiger Pop, was a true one-man-band effort in a time before everyone with a laptop could make that claim. The album's pop smarts and try-anything production style caught the notice of the national media, including Performing Songwriter magazine, who gushed "Pop records like this may be scarce, but when they are of this caliber, they won't remain under the radar for long."
The newly recorded Tiger Pop Ten sprung from a long-running “what if” between John and the members of his post-Tiger Pop band, the Suggestions. The idea was toyed with, briefly, when the Suggestions re-cut “Changing Your Mind (Again?)” for their Mix Tape EP in 2003.
The Suggestions went on a lengthy hiatus in 2007. John's second solo album, Get Through--originally started as a Suggestions project years earlier--didn't receive a proper release until 2009. (The Big Takeover magazine called it “a fantastic collection of classic guitar pop.”) Another Brodeur band, Maggie Mayday, came and went in the intervening years. Meanwhile, John kept busy as a sideman and producer for numerous bands in his then-home of Albany.
By 2010, Tiger Pop had been out of print for nearly five years. John had already planned to reissue the album for its tenth birthday, and set the process in motion by setting up a campaign through fund-raising website PledgeMusic.com. The Suggestions, now living in three different cities, decided to reconvene and record a few tracks for the reissue, which quickly turned into eight of the original 11 Tiger Pop songs. Shortly thereafter, Brodeur reassembled Maggie Mayday at a studio in New York City and recorded the remaining three in one afternoon. Composer-pianist Adrian Cohen volunteered to provide string arrangements and piano, while several friends and acquaintances were called on to add color to the project. The record was mixed and mastered by Troy Pohl (Sean Rowe, Kamikaze Hearts).
Tiger Pop Ten is a logical bookend to John's first 10 years as a solo artist: From the DIY indie-pop aesthetic of the debut release, through a series of aborted band projects, and back again with a fresh perspective and the participation of friends.
John has shared stages with Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Greg Laswell, the Bravery, O.A.R., and Gavin Degraw, among others. In addition to making his own records, John has lent his musical talents to the Morning After Girls, Soren Well, Golden Animals, Luke Rathborne, Luther Russell, and many more.
John's new album, LITTLE HOPES, is due this fall.
Alternative Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Rock
All I Have Is Music, I own my own publishing
banjo / bass / drums / acoustic guitar / electric guitar / harmonica / keyboard / percussion / piano / recorder / saxophone / synthesizers / tambourine / ukulele / vocals
Big Star, Elliott Smith, Beck, Pavement, Beatles, Superdrag, Jellyfish, Nada Surf, Kanye West
in co writing in person
in networking with songwriters
in pitching songs to artist
in pitching songs to tv
in getting a record deal
in getting a publishing deal