Genres:Folk, Pop Rock, Alternative Pop, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Specialty - Promo Music, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Pop Rock, Rock - Indie Rock, Rock - Experimental/Post-Rock, Rock - Alternative Rock, Rock - Alternative Pop
Since announcing his arrival with 2001's Tiger Pop, John Brodeur has produced a series of critically praised recordings as a solo artist and as frontman for power-pop trios The Suggestions and Maggie Mayday. Brodeur is a one-man band in the tradition of Todd Rundgren and Jon Brion, and his work has earned comparisons to Elliott Smith, Beck, Matthew Sweet and Robyn Hitchcock.
The culmination of several years of 'writing and re-writing, recording and re-recording,' Brodeur's new album Little Hopes finds the restless performer leaping from quirky bedroom-pop to urgent guitar rock, balancing his expansive arrangement instincts with a love of lo-fi recording techniques. The result is a confident, tuneful collection that brims with personality.
Brodeur performed, produced, and mixed Little Hopes primarily himself, with contributions from Troy Pohl (Sean Rowe) and Dominick Campana (Dryer). Recording took place in several New York studios, apartments, and basements. Mastering and additional mixing was added by Grammy winner Michael Tudor (Duncan Sheik, the Strokes).
Little Hopes is just one entry in Brodeur's busy itinerary. Over the past few years he's collaborated live or in the studio with more than a dozen acts, including Australian psych-rockers The Morning After Girls and psych-blues duo Golden Animals. Last year, Brodeur made a cameo appearance as The Man From Another Dimension in the music video for Beach House's "Lazuli."
John has toured or shared stages with Greg Laswell, Todd Park Mohr, Trixie Whitley, Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), TV On The Radio, O.A.R., the Whigs, the Bravery, Gavin Degraw, and many more. He has performed at CMJ, SXSW, 30A Songwriters Festival (Florida), Singer-Songwriter Cape May, WordXWord (Pittsfield, MA), and Albany Tulip Festival (Albany NY). His music has been used on NBC, A&E, VH1 and Discovery.
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Tiger Pop (2000)
The Suggestions: Mix Tape (2003)
Maggie Mayday: S/T EP (2007)
Get Through (2009)
Tiger Pop Ten (2011)
Young Man, Vol. One (2011)
Little Hopes (2013)
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PRESS MENTIONS FOR JOHN BRODEUR
'A different mood of '70s radio with each pop concoction. . . . Pop records like this may be scarce, but when they are of this caliber, they won't remain under the radar for long.' (Performing Songwriter, on Tiger Pop)
'His compositions have a stoic sentimentalism that may well catapult Mr. Brodeur into the sort of alt-rock pinup status that [Lou] Barlow once enjoyed.' (PopMatters)
'In an age of throwaway pop, these recordings immediately stand out like a sore thumb.' (LMNOP, on Tiger Pop Ten)
'A gifted songwriter who has the rare ability to craft catchy pop hooks without relying on stock pop-song structures.' (J Eric. Smith, Metroland)
'One of the best guitar pop albums of the current millennium.' (Pittsburgh Daily News, on Tiger Pop)
'Brodeur deadpans his urban pop constructions with the same arrogance as Runt-era Todd Rundgren, pulling off arrangement twists that keep his tunes floating a safe distance above the drainage ditch of pop icon body-snatching.' (Amplifier, on Mix Tape)
'A delicately crafted wake up call. . . . This is a brilliant album.' (Powerpopaholic, on Get Through)
'A wonderfully varied collection of songs that range through rock, grunge and alternative styles without ever losing a distinctive pop appeal. Brodeur writes intelligently, conveying thoughts and stories in a personal style that make the listener feel a part of the show.' (Wildy's World, on Get Through)