I saw Jenny Lewis live a few years ago at First Avenue. It was one of the most memorable shows I’ve been to for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons was a drummer named Barbara. Barbara played drums for the first opening act, Farmer Dave and played in Jenny Lewis’ band as well. Initially Barbara caught my eye because of her quirky boyish looks, but it wasn’t long before I realized she was an amazing drummer. She played her heart out and seemed to be having so much fun doing it. I love watching a good drummer play especially a good female drummer because it’s something you don’t see very often. Part way through her set Jenny Lewis introduced her band and that’s when I learned Barbara’s name and she’s stuck in my mind ever since, but never really knew what became of her.
Recently on Facebook, of all places, I stumbled across a new band made up of a brother and sister called The Belle Brigade. As I started looking at some their photos I realized the sister was none other than Barbara. I was excited to see she was making music and I was really impressed by the couple of songs I heard. Last week I finally got around to picking up The Belle Brigade’s self-titled debut and it does not disappoint. It’s a pop infused folk rock extravaganza. Barbara and her brother Ethan share vocal, songwriting and instrument playing duties. The result is possibly the best album I’ve heard so far this year, definitely check this one out! Here is the music video for the song “Losers” which is honestly one of the most bad ass songs I’ve heard in a while. I’ve also included the video from their performance on Conan. Enjoy!Vodpod videos no longer available. Vodpod videos no longer available.