The meaning behind the new record ‘Bruises’ and debuting first single “Cool City”

Photo by: Michael Muller

This past Friday, Los Angeles-based Cary Brothers, announced his new record Bruises, premiering the new single 80’s style track“Cool City”. Via his official press release, Brothers’ third studio album is a collection of dreamy synth pop and soaring rock choruses meant for uplift.

Here, Brothers takes us inside the personal meaning of the new music.

Cary Brothers:

It’s about getting beaten down and getting back up again. Mostly the getting up part. I was always pegged as a singer/songwriter because I’m just one guy writing songs, but my heroes were artists like The Cure and Peter Gabriel, who wrote in huge, melodic, romantic sonic landscapes. I was tired of feeling confined to a genre, so I finally made a record that reflects the music that has always inspired me. After some tough years personally, I needed to be inspired again. I needed to move forward.

Launching the record is the first single “Cool City,” which Brothers says is about a dark period when he was looking to the adventurous nightlife of Los Angeles as a remedy for his pain, and the moment he knew the never-ending nights were going too far. It’s a wry, self-aware account of a booze-fueled evening of fun and regret propelled by a mix of electronic drums, hooky electric guitar, and singalong backing vocals.

Brothers continued:

This song (“Cool City”) is the musical bridge between what I’ve done before and what interests me now, between youthful choices and the person I’m trying to become. I’m happy to get to the other side of it.

Australia Tour 2018 Dates:
May 18th — Rosemount Hotel — Perth
May 20th — The Gov — Adelaide
May 22nd — Woolly Mammoth — Brisbane
May 24th — Factory Theatre — Sydney
May 27th — Corner Hotel — Melbourne
*with Joshua Radin, U.S. dates to be announced soon

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