Perfect Tragedy is the follow up to Good Brother Earl’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut that is sure to have both fans and critics alike reeling. Formed in 2001 and based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the band has crafted their own unique sound that is both radio friendly and impressive live. What started as a group of friends getting together to jam around the University of Pittsburgh, has become a full time musical juggernaut. After adhering to the musical cliché by parting with not one but two drummers, the band has finally settled into what has become an extremely cohesive unit. One Pittsburgh journalist stated that “Good Brother Earl’s music is hard to describe: They’re given to hitting grooves and holding them like a jam band, but there’s a lot of rock and roll and a little bit of art school in the music… [It’s] good-time thinking-man’s rock.”
This time around the band set out to write more concise songs, while improving on their already stellar sonic quality and expert musicianship. The result is 11 songs that tackle love, loneliness, addiction, and even at times social commentary. The group’s subtle shift toward the more mainstream rock genre can be heard immediately in the opening song “Fighting Gravity” a three and half minute opus with an infectious electric guitar hook. The album then takes off through the catchy “Anna” and the toe tapper “Shell”, which has already become a fan favorite. Toward the end of the recording process, the group realized they had something special, so they decided to finish it off right, by taking it to legendary Sterling Sound in New York City for mastering. The album was mastered by Ryan Smith, assistant to the iconic Ted Jensen, who has mastered everything from Bob Marley to Green Day. From start to finish, Perfect Tragedy will leave the listener wanting more.
In 2003, out of 1600 bands, Good Brother Earl was selected by TAXI and Billboard as one of the top 15 independent acts in the Northeast. That distinction earned the band a spot on a nationwide cable television commercial promoting AMC (American Movie Classics) which helped them gain national exposure and sell albums across the country. Their original sound has also been a staple on the daily rotation of the nationally acclaimed local independent radio station WYEP-FM, where the songs “Another Rainy Day” and “Lonely Heart” receive regular airplay. Good Brother Earl has recently been featured on Pittsburgh stations WDVE-FM, WOGI-FM, WXDX-FM, and WRKZ-FM. The band is also a staple on XM Satellite’s Radio Unsigned Channel and they were recently showcased on the NPR show “Mountain Stage” with the Derek Trucks Band. The band has enjoyed some film success with songs featured in the theatrical motion picture Come Away Home, High Tide Entertainment and the short film The Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy, Slanekid Films.
The band’s 2004 self-titled album is available Best Buy stores in Western Pennsylvania and Northern Ohio with Perfect Tragedy arriving on shelves soon. Both albums will be sold through iTunes beginning in Spring of 2006 and songs can be downloaded through myspace.com and ruckus.com. Good Brother Earl has sold more than 3000 copies of its last CD without the help of a record label.
Good Brother Earl is: Paul Fitzsimmons (guitar), Dan Paolucci (bass), Skip Sanders (keyboards) and Jeff Schmutz (vocals and guitar).