Friday, February 11, 2011
Concert preview: The Brehms Band at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas (February 14)
The Brehms are made up of husband and wife team David and Stephanie Brehm, along with other UNT alumni.
The Brehms Band gives students the opportunity for people to sit back, grab a drink, and listen to the eclectic sounds.
Stephanie Brehm and David Brehm perform jazz covers and old classics. Two years ago, they began focusing on original material, David Brehm said.
“You’re essentially telling a story in a song,” said Stephanie Brehm. “I love it and now I can’t imagine not doing it. It’s amazing how life will just surprise you.”
The duo’s style can be described as jazzy-indie pop, said drummer Gene Glover.
“They pick stuff off the beaten path,” Glover said. “The mic loves Stephanie’s deep, dark, smoky voice. People are hungry for good original stuff.”
The Brehms released their debut album last year and said they are looking to release their second this summer. The Monday show will feature music from their album and new songs not yet released, UNT alumnus David Brehm said.
“We’re not just going to play jazz standards all night,” David Brehm said. “The songs are based on our life. This is going to be a show where people can dance, drink and listen to original music.”
There will be an acoustic set in the middle of the show, featuring special guests, Stephanie Brehm said.
“We try to make people feel good and make people think with our music,” she said. “Come drink and hear good music.”
The Brehms have begun their country-wide tour, Stephanie Brehm said.
“We want to do it all,” she said. “As long as we’re still writing and performing, I’ll be happy.”
David Brehm said he worked in computer animation for 10 years. He returned to his first love of art.
“You decide, ‘Okay, am I content doing what I’m doing or do I want to see what else I can do?’” he said.
After putting a band together, which included other UNT alumni, all he needed was a singer. Then he met Stephanie, he said.
“I had never written music before I met David and it’s a scary thing to step out and be vulnerable,” said Stephanie Brehm.
At the time, Stephanie Brehm was in the Broadway production Swing and established her career in anime voice-overs. After being given the story and script, it was hard to write her own music, she said.
“One time, David told me sing what I saw right in the middle of a coffee shop,” Stephanie Brehm said. “David really encouraged me and we connected as songwriters.”
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