We got an invitation to check out Brookville at the Firebird club in St Louis and it was a great show. The show was headlined by Andy Taylor who is taking a break from his work with Ivy and record producing. The band was very talented and the Firebird’s
intimate surroundings were a great showcase for his soulful vocals and inspired lyrics. He has a new album coming out September 29th and if you have the chance to hear him live or pick up the album don’t let it pass you by.
Andy also took some time to share some his thoughts with us.
Q) For those unfamiliar with you, can you give us some history on your previous works?
I started the band Ivy with bassist Adam Schlesinger in ‘94, but I had been a lead singer before that and was getting antsy. I wanted to sing again. When Adam started Fountains of Wayne, I realized that if he can do stuff outside of Ivy then I can, too! That was the vehicle for me to start singing again.
Brookville has released Wonderfully Nothing (2003) and Life in the Shade (2006) and will be releasing Broken Lights
this September 29.
Q) What is new about this project, compared to your work with Ivy?
Brookville is much more an extension of my own personality and experiences than Ivy. In Ivy, I do half the songwriting, Adam does half the songwriting, and in all cases we’re writing for our vocalist Dominique (Durand). It’s an entirely different headspace to write for another singer, where in Brookville, I’m writing for my own voice from my own personal life.
Q) Who are your biggest musical influences?
The old ones are The Beatles, Bowie and Prefab Sprout, going chronologically. And, The Go-Betweens. I think those are the biggest ones I always go back to.
Q) How did you get started?
I was singing in a band, trying to get a record deal in New York City and Dominique was just my girlfriend, and had no idea she could sing. She was just a really cool chick with good taste in music. I wrote a couple of silly songs and we did a demo to give her parents. I had just learned how to play guitar and these were some of my first songs. We needed a bass player, and
I already knew Adam. So, I called him and once he heard the music, he got really excited. I ended up shopping both bands, the band I was singing with and the one with Dominique singing. Lo and behold, they were interested in the one with the French chick and Ivy got signed to a major record deal.
Q) How would you define your style?
Moody, melancholy pop.
Q) Who would you like to work with that you haven’t yet?
I would love to produce the band Prefab Sprout, that’s my dream. If I achieve that goal then I can jump off a bridge because there’d be nothing else to strive for.
Q) Where can we get more info about your music and purchase your album(s)?