photos by Kimberly Fitzner
Solo artist Tracy Bryant may not have all the answers, but without a doubt, he’s got a lot to say. Bryant stands in opposition in his native Los Angeles, the city known too often for its superficial facade. He does what he wants and always has. Inspired by artists and bands like Alex Chilton, Lou Reed, R.E.M. and Cass McCombs, his words ring refreshingly honest embedded into a sound that is undeniably modern. A songwriter lacking the nonsense, the male bravado, the rock ’n’ roll cliché.
Tracy Bryant first gained recognition in 2011 as founder and frontman of Los Angeles group Corners. The band became a staple of the underground L.A. music scene with their highly regarded live shows and three well-received releases. Corners toured the U.S. and Europe extensively before Bryant decided to end the band in early 2016 to fully focus on his solo endeavors.
His first full-length solo album Subterranean was released in early 2016 on Burger Records. The album garnered positive reviews worldwide and peaked at #43 on the CMJ radio 200 chart. Upon its release, Bryant embarked on a full band European tour supporting King Khan And The Shrines which culminated with a sold-out show at the 800 capacity Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany. The band followed the tour with a successful debut at 2016’s SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
2017 saw the release of Bryant's sophomore album A Place For Nothing And Everything in its Place, revealing a wider spectrum and depth in Bryant's songwriting. L.A. Record stated in its review of the album: "Tracy Bryant has officially joined the ranks of likeminded nü-pop auteurs Mikal Cronin and Devon Williams. Hi(ish)-fi guitar pop seldom sounds this good.” Following the release, Bryant and his band embarked on a successful headlining tour in Europe and the UK, selling out shows in Paris, Berlin & Zurich. The band also toured the U.S. west coast performing at Otalith Festival in Ucluelet, British Columbia, as well as playing on the North Shore of Hawaii for the WSL surf contest at the world famous Banzai Pipeline.
Hush, Tracy Bryant's third studio album, was recorded over the course of six months in the mountains of Topanga Canyon, California. Produced by Kyle Mullarky (The Growlers / Allah Las) and partly written in collaboration with his wife Kimberly Fitzner, the album is a dynamic and transforming journey from beginning to end. Hush is addressing and lyrically forward, conversational and calm, but with an unforgiving and forward voice that doesn't shy away from naming the struggles and graces which come upon all whom pursue a creative life.
The soaring melodies of Hush are a breath of fresh air combined with an authentic lyrical perspective which approaches the sometimes taboo music industry and the characters which inhabit it. Bryant's most elaborate production yet is realized by the immaculate drumming & percussion of Nick Murray (Cate Le Bon, White Fence), precision bass by Brian Allen (Burnt Ones) and Kyle Mullarky, guitars and piano played by Bryant himself. The album is mastered by world-renowned engineer Dave Cooley (Blood Orange, Ariel Pink, Animal Collective). Bryant and his band will be returning to Europe in the fall of 2019 upon the release of Hush on First & Foremost in the U.S. & Taxi Gauche Records in Europe/UK.
Bryant's songs "The Background Singer" & "Start The Motor" were featured in season three of the Network CW television series Riverdale. The Corners song "We're Changing" was featured as one of the few original songs in the blockbuster M. Night Shyamalan film Glass. The song "Hey Spaceman!" was used in the season finale of the TBS show People Of Earth. The title track off of his first album Subterraneanis featured in the Volcom surf film Psychic Migrations. The soundtrack was released on limited 12” vinyl by Light In The Attic Records for Record Store Day 2017. “Subterranean” was also featured in the Transworld Skateboarding film Substance.
“On the strength of Hush, it’ll be fascinating to see where Bryant goes next.” UNCUT MAGAZINE
‘’Hush exudes LA cool, shattered only by Bryant himself as he reminds us rockstars are prone to crushing insecurities too.’’ EVENING STANDARD 4/5
‘’Bryant’s soft guitar pop is brooding and mellow with the pensive propensity of the songs often recalling Cass McCombs.’’ SHINDIG! MAGAZINE
“Los Angelino’s ragged melodic third aims for the Alex Chilton end of powerpop: honeyed guitars; a nasal voice of sweetness and regret.” MOJO MAGAZINE
“A one of a kind solo artist: Tracy Bryant.” INDIE MAGAZINE