Bristol based pop punk
with an alt folk flip side
One Man Boycott is actually just one man. Joe Brewer, a singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist from Bristol.
What’s the connection?
I first heard of this artist as a result of downloading the “Good To Go – No Dramas” album that I reviewed. (see review)
The track was titled S-H-P (feat Frank Rawle); and I said of it
“…. grand and sweeping [intro], with lengthy classical sounding string chords, before bursting forth with considerable rage and gusto. It is ballsy alt rock, passionate and clear vocals, lots of volume changes, riffs, machine gun bursts of snare in frenetic drumming.”
The Voice, Street Live
However, it was his recent visit to the Voice studios that prompted me to write at length about him.
The Voice Facebook page posted a link to his new album and I have checked it out and it is every bit as good as I expected. By the way, if you are a musician local to North Devon or Torridge, or even if you are just touring in the area and can get to the studios for an interview then Roy Grimes would like to hear from you. He does “Street Live” on Tuesday and Thursday evenings where he interviews artists and gets them to do a live session.
Among the influences he cites on his Facebook page are Blink, Boxcar Racer, BenjiOneLung, The Cure, Owl City, Sleeping with Sirens, Yellowcard… a fair mix of the well known and the relatively obscure. Interestingly, “Benji One Lung”, who I have heard of, is a singer songwriter by the name of Ben Brewer. Coincidence? I very much doubt it. In fact, of course, they are brothers.
New album out now
“I’ll Love You For The Rest Of Our Days” is a five track album that you can download from Bandcamp on a name your price basis. It is nice to try and pay something if you can, but if you can’t then the alternative of telling all your friends about the band is also fine.
You can definitely hear the Owl City influences in tracks like “Fingers Crossed” and with the electronically altered vocals on “As You Wish”
Blink 182 comes through strongly as well, but of course ultimately he has his own sound.
The tracks vary widely in style from quite gentle acoustic stuff to fairly full on pop punk. But there is an underlying quality to everything so that I feel confident that after listening to him for long enough I would recognise his style in a new track without being told who it was. Much as I can with, for example, Led Zeppelin.
I understand that this is not his first release, so at some point I had better try and find out a bit more about his earlier work and catch up a bit. But not before I try and find out a bit more about his brother, Benji One Lung.
I’ll leave you with a video from the official Youtube channel for One Man Boycott, it’s a cover of “With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear” by Sleeping With Sirens.