Infinite Shuffle

February 12, 2012

102 – The Belle Brigade

Filed under: B, Los Angeles — assman41 @ 12:01 am

While I have never read any of the Twilight books, and vow to never watch any of the movies, I have to admit one positive thing about the franchise — the musical director certainly knows what she’s doing.

That woman, Alexandra Patsavas, has been in charge of compiling songs for all four of the movie soundtracks to date, and, so far, she’s done a bang-up job, having convinced a slew of great indie and pop bands to produce songs for the movies.

The soundtrack for the latest installment — with the unbearably long title, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” — was released in November 2011. The list of acts isn’t quite as impressive as past discs, but one song has stood out so far.

“I Didn’t Mean It” by The Belle Brigade has slowly been getting more and more airplay on radio stations. And for good reason.

I first heard the song a few weeks ago on my favorite local station (WGCS 91.1 FM “The Globe”) well before I knew about its connection to the movie soundtrack.

The song was strong enough that I had to find out more about the band. The group consists of siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska. The Los Angelenos from a family with strong ties to the music and entertainment industries.

After overcoming their sibling rivalry, the pair a formed band in 2008 and released a self-titled debut in April 2011.

The above song is the second track from the album. It’s also a great table-setter for the rest of the disc, as it perfectly highlights the band’s strong Fleetwood Mac influences.

The album is full of quality songs, including other standouts such as “Losers”, “Lucky Guy”, “Rusted Wheel” and “My Goodness”.

Considering how much they’ve already done in such a short period of time, The Belle Brigade looks like a band that has a very bright future. They will be in Chicago soon to open for Good Old War — a show that I very much want to attend.


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