"Acoustic-folk popsters Be Brave Bold Robot make amusing music. Whether it's Dean Haakenson spitting out humorous tongue-twisting lyrics or the imagery those lyrics provide (the description of the traditional minivan family in "Gridlocked" is subtly hysterical) - there is much to enjoy. The group's wordplay is also quite clever: The potentially provocative rhyming opportunities on "Take a deep breath" veer in unexpected directions. combining folk pop with viola and banjo, these guys create engaging tunes."
- Brian Palmer, Sacramento News and Review OCT 2012
"BE BOLD BRAVE ROBOT are the sort of band who make me reconsider throwing in the towel every time I listen to their inventive pop masterpiece ‘Take A Deep Breath’. There are few occasions when you hear a band for the first time and know implicitly that you are going to love everything that they do. This is one of those bands."
released February 22, 2010
Dean Haakenson on Main Acoustic Guitars and Lead Vocals. John Matthew Gerken (myspace.com/nicemonster
) on Bass and several other instruments and backing Vocals. Brian Jackson on electric guitars, various keyboards, and the upright Piano. Virile Antonio Ledesma DRUMS. Catie Turner Loves Justin and Everett and Josephine and plays Viola. Heather Phillips backs them Vocals Up, Kid! Carly DuHain (myspace.com/carlyduhain
) does the same.
Jeremy Pagan plays electric guitar on 08) and 11). The Horny Sect… I mean, Horn Section, Jake Gleason appears courtesy of The Dirty Feet. Thomas Minnick plays bowed and fingered stand up bass on 10). Jhon Bellizia (myspace.com/sirjhon
) plays banjo on 05). Stefan Wenk (wellontheroad.org
) speaks (and tutors in) French. The extremely talented and googlable Justin Farren engineered, mixed, produced and plays a bunch of instruments on 02). Also on 02), Brian Rogers’ percussion and Panquette Marshall’s Talking Pancakes!
paintings and cover design by Kyle Larson. Photographical credits
available upon request. Most of the fundamental tracks were engineered by Dana Gumbiner at Station To Station in Grass Valley, CA. Most of everything else engineered by aforementioned John Matthew Gerken (JMG) in Sacramento, CA. Produced and Mixed by John Matthew Gerken and Dean Haakenson. Mastered by Christian Kiefer (xiankiefer.com
). Aaron Haakenson long ago wrote the music for 10), while its lyrics and all other songs written and arranged by Dean Haakenson. Special Thanks to Brian Jackson for arrangement input and upstanding band comradery.
© 2010 Dean Haakenson. Published by Be Brave Bold Robot (ASCAP)
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