Founded by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, The Belle Brigade’s music is artfully arranged, with enticing melodies and pop harmonies, fueled by the interplay of driving rhythms between Barbara’s drums and Ethan’s guitars. Both are gifted songwriters – finding inspiration in the works of Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Sly Stone, Harry Nilsson and countless others.

The Belle Brigade’s self-titled debut (co-produced with Matthew Wilder), was hailed as one of the best albums of 2011 by PASTE. Ann Powers, writing for the Los Angeles Times, took note of the “memorable voices and considerable charisma within songs that gleam with hooks and pour over with earnest emotion” while Newsday praised the album’s “sun-kissed ’70s SoCal sound” and SPIN observed, “The brother and sister team from LA, bring beautiful harmonies to their quirky folk rock.”

Their highly anticipated new album, “Just Because” was recorded with engineer and co-producer Shawn Everett and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig. It will be released by ATO Records February 11 2014.

When they find time away from the band, both are active players and writers for other projects- Ethan has recorded as a vocalist and multi instrumentalist for many Los Angeles based artists and Barbara is a sought-after drummer who has played with Fiona Apple, Jenny Lewis, Benji Hughes and many others.

The Belle Brigade has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Conan” and their compelling live performances have led to tours with such artists as Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and K.D. Lang. They contributed songs to the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack and their cover of Bob Dylan’s “No Time To Think,” which appeared on the Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, was voted in the top 10 songs of 2012 by Time Magazine.

“Losers”

Director/Editor: David Altobelli

Producer: Jonathan Wang
Exec. Producer: Kelly Norris Sarno
Prod Co.: Symphony 19
Label: Warner/Reprise
Commissioner: Devin Sarno

The Belle Brigade Tour Schedule

 

 

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Nathan's father wanted to name him after Jimmy Dean, the country musician and sausage entrepreneur. Nathan grew up in a small town about 40 minutes from Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, and Iowa City. What seemed like Mayberry was surrounded by urban areas with live music. His grandfather owned a restaurant in Chelsea, IA that had live country music and polka dances every Friday night for 30 years. Never learning the drums, he still banged on them with eating utensils, to the burger and buffet eaters pleasure we are all sure. It was also at his Grandparent's house where they would let him slap the keys of the family piano and sing words. His most memorable song was "Me and Uncle Max Driving Down the Road on the TV". Nathan's first concert was The Kenny Wayne Shepard Band when he was in middle school, even though Nathan was listening to and playing in mostly heavy metal and hardcore bands at the time. It was in 2002 when his musical tastes were forever changed at a show with jazz band Galactic opening up for Widespread Panic in Cedar Rapids, IA. This would later be known as Michael Housers' last show, as he passed away only six months later. Although he attended shows before, he has since scowered the Midwest for the next fix. Nathan's tastes kept growing as he correlated the complexity of bluegrass with jazz. He continues to play music but mostly stays focused on learning the pedal steel guitar. He now lives in Waterloo, working as a Drug Store Manager In Training and drags his beautiful wife Leilani around with him to shows when possible. He still hasn't learned the drums or piano.

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