BRAND X finished off 2017 with a bang, touring the entire West Coast USA selling out numerous shows, as well as getting industry recognition in four different categories with their 2017 release: “But Wait… There’s More!”
#20 Album in ALL ABOUT JAZZ
#13 International Sales BURNING SHED
#11 Prog Charts in PROG MAG
# 2 Radio in NEW-EARS Boston
For 2018 Brand X has assembled a new show, with new songs and new production. The tour starts with a headlining spot at RoS-Festival on May 4th in Gettysburg, PA. Founding member and Guitarist John Goodsall: “It’s RoS-Fest 15 year anniversary, so we’re honored to get the nod to headline opening night. The new show brings with it a host of new songs we haven’t played in ages – and some never before at all – and so begins another chapter in the history of Brand X. It’s quite nice they have Italian band P.F.M. playing on Sunday – they’re good.”
The new tour is in support of Brand X’s new album “Locked & Loaded” with founders Goodsall & Percy Jones still at the helm. Keyboardist Chris Clark, Percussionist Scott Weinberger, and Drummer Kenny Grohowski each bring their own creative style of playing that make Brand X such a magical act live.
The seeds were sown years ago in London as players in a studio band for many of Brian Eno’s infamous solo albums. Drummer Phil Collins and Bassist Percy Jones got to know each other through those sessions. Later Jones and Guitarist John Goodsall officially formed Brand X. Bill Bruford even played a few shows, but was too tied up with King Crimson, so it wasn’t too long before Collins was locked in behind the kit on Drums. Brand X then signed with Genesis’ management company and they were off and running on three. With their initial albums “Unorthodox Behaviour”, “Moroccan Roll” and “Livestock” many critics were soon dubbing Brand X “The pioneers of the Jazz-Rock-Fusion.” Today the band carries with it more Funk and Rock and less Jazz, but the improve sections are still pure heaven.
Phil Collins played simultaneously in Genesis and Brand X for the early years – a balancing act he handled well – and some claim some of Collins best work appears on those Brand X albums. Collins once explained his love for the energy and freedom created by Brand X thusly: “Genesis is like my wife, but Brand X is like a hot mistress -- with big tits!” Goodsall, Jones and the band continue to bring the heat, lighting up shows for the past year on their Reunion Tour.
Brand X has been heralded in articles by The Huffington Post, Progression Magazine, English columnist Sid Smith, Music Journalist Anil Prassad, The Mid-Atlantic Music Journal, and more for their consistently red hot and diverse shows. Aside from their world-class musicianship, you’ll find a dry English wit popping up reminiscent of Monty Python, Benny Hill and others. With song titles like: “Why Should I Lend You Mine, When You’ve Broken Off Yours Already?” or “Smacks of Euphoric Hysteria” – there’s never a dull moment… All that mixed with some of the most diverse music you’ve possibly heard in years, including fan favorites from their best known albums: "Unorthodox Behaviour", "Moroccan Roll", "Livestock", "Masques", "Do They Hurt?", "Product" “Is There Anything About?” and now of course 2017’s double album: “But Wait… There’s More!”
Brand X are often mentioned in the same circles as Weather Report, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius etc… Brand X have influenced modern day bands like Dream Theater and Phish. On the recent West Coast tour, members of Metallica, The Dixie Dregs, King Crimson, Renaissance, Dream Theater and others came out to catch the X-Men in action. 2018’s new album was recorded by YES Engineer Dave Wilkerson and is mixed by legendary producer Stephen W. Tayler at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in England. Tayler is known for his work with Gabriel, Kate Bush, Underworld, Stevie Nicks, Suzanne Vega, Rush, Bill Bruford, and Brand X to name a few. The new album is produced by Brand X’s own Scott Weinberger and Norman Bedford.
Here’s a few of our favorite quotes from fans at the live shows:
“Pyscho-sick-good! A must see!” -David Maida, Philadelphia PA
“I’ve been playing drums for 30 years, but after seeing that, I’m going home to burn my kit.” -Mark Denton, Newton NJ
“Brand X? They’re completely off the charts!” -Allan Bailgeron, NewEars Radio
“Best way to celebrate my birthday – loved it!” -Laura Rhein, New York
“Best concert all year -- and I go to a lot of shows.” -Michael J Polese, NYC
“Simply amazing! Cooler than Crimson, if that’s possible.” -Bill Zalonis, Los Angeles
“Well there’s certainly a lot of guys here…” -Samantha Bailey, San Juan Capistrano
“Wow. Incredible. Percy is a monster.” -Andy West, The Dixie Dregs
“I couldn’t see them when they first came out, I couldn’t get in. Now I finally got the chance – what a cool show.” Robert Trujillo of Metallica.