New Release: Brooke Bentham – All My Friends Are Drunk

Photo Credit: Lauren Maccabee

Brooke Bentham today releases a new single, ‘All My Friends Are Drunk’ – a song for lost youth and young adulthood and the second with Bill Ryder-Jones.

It follows two EPs of music shored up by intense reflection. The young singer/songwriter writes sharp and eloquent songs about her experiences as she understands them, using words and music to resolve and record the tensions of young adulthood.

“I wrote the lyrics about growing older, and growing apart, and learning about yourself”, Brooke says. “I was one year out of university and a lot of the lyrics on the album sound a bit lost because I realise I am so existential every day, and I’m so constantly aware of myself.”

Take a listen below…

‘All My Friends’ starts by talking about your “Sunday self” which is “kind of this state where you float around and nothing is too heavy, but it quickly descends into this like… train of thought: what happened? When did that happen? You know?”

So impressed was Ryder-Jones with Brooke’s observational lyricism that he said: “I’ve worked with some amazing songwriters in my career. I think Brooke at 23 is well on her way to being up there with Alex (Turner), Saint Savoir, Mick (Head) and James (Skelly). Her lyric writing will be overlooked because of her voice but it is her words that will set her apart from others.”

Brooke has been working on a full body of new music with Bill Ryder-Jones who she is touring the UK with as main support across the next few weeks. ‘All My Friends Are Drunk’ is the first taster of that, a looser indie rock sound pitches somewhere between Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse and early Angel Olsen.

‘All My Friends Are Drunk’ is out on AllPoints now with more music to follow soon. Brooke has also just announced a free solo show on Monday the 9th of December at The Islington. All live dates below…

NOVEMBER 22nd – Manchester Academy, Manchester
23rd – Guild of Students Liverpool, Liverpool
25th – O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
26th – Rock City, Nottingham
28th – O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
30th – Brighton Dome, Brighton
DECEMBER 2nd – Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
4th – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
5th – O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
7th – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne
9th – The Islington, London (Free headline solo show)*
10th – O2 Academy Brixton, London
11th – O2 Academy Brixton, London
13th – Great hall, Cardiff
14th – O2 Academy Bournemouth, Bournemouth
16th – Olympia, Dublin
17th – Ulster hall, Belfast
19th – O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield


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