ABOUT The Band
by Kelsey Chapstick
Sabbathian sensibility is a must for any band worth their weight in doom but when combined with a strong penchant for acts like Portishead and Bjork, San Franciscan heavy trio Brume are a graceful leader among the skull-crushing pack.
In 2014, the San Francisco group quickly picked up steam with their debut EP ‘Donkey,’ a sorrowful slow burner drenched in reverb and wrought with patient mourning. After its release on a UK label led to its pickup on DHU Records for a vinyl release, the band stayed on board for the follow-up LP ‘Rooster’ that saw them plunge deeper into the study of duality between harsh distortion and the soaring refrains of front woman Susie McMullan’s stunning vocals. “Our music is non-fiction; a time stamped truth,” she said, but the band’s creative drive contains a timelessness not quickly forgotten among the sea of contenders in doom metal.
Growth is no stranger to Brume, as noted by The Ripple Effect (Credit link: https://www.brumeband.com/blog/2018/1/13/the-ripple-effect) in 2018 who named ‘Rooster’ Album of the Year and noted it was “plainly and simply a giant leap forward from their excellent debut EP ‘Donkey.’” Their second full-length ‘Rabbits’ makes its debut later this year on the band’s new home at Magnetic Eye Records and continues this theme, exposing a tight-knit crew at their most creatively expansive who’ve erected a monumental piece to capture and soothe the mind during this tumultuous cultural era. Tracks like “Lament” showcase a masterful grasp on tension-building and release; it’s a hypnotic lullaby and explosion in one, stretched over a singular sonic experience.
Now that Brume have used the experience they gleaned from playing prestigious stages like that at Desertfest London and opening for High On Fire in Europe, they’re ready to take on a bigger role than ever in the heavy underground with the November 9th release of ‘Rabbits.’ Catch them when they hit the road in support of the record later this year, and follow along on the band’s official website and social media pages to keep up to date with their journey.