The Manic Menace of Music
I have been playing piano since I was four.
I grew up singing Frank Sinatra and Elvis, and by the time I was 11 I had decided to take up guitar.
Since then I have added banjo, harmonica and fiddle into my repertoire.
I fell in love with jazz when I was 18.
It helped sooth my mind before I got sober. At that time I was drowning myself in alcohol and losing my marbles on drugs, and jazz was a form of peace when my life was engulfed in chaos and misery.
my second love is bluegrass and country music, because they are the real roots of rock and roll.
I've always been intrigued with old ghost stories and the dark side of the human imagination.
I include those motifs into my songwriting, but, I also include humor to give my songs diversity.
I'm always on the search for inspiration that sparks in me a sense of sadness or joy.
I am constantly discovering and learning new things to throw into my music. I study books on forensics, classic gothic stories, and great comedians and artists.
It all finds its way into my work...
The Despots was my first music project that formed in 2015 here in Albuquerque, NM. In the years since The Despots have grown in both popularity and musical maturity, playing festivals such as Rockabilly on the Route in Tucumcari, NM, and Rockabillaque in Charleston, SC. In 2018 we recorded our self-titled album "The Despots," and were voted The Best Band of 2017 by The Weekly Alibi.
The Despots include blues, rock and roll, jazz, and outlaw country, all with a punk attitude. But our biggest goal has always just been to write good f*cking music.
There is so much beautiful inspiration in New Mexico, especially with its rich musical history. A lot of people forget that Buddy Holly recorded with Norman Petty in Clovis, NM, and that Route 66 has been mentioned in many classic songs because it was a main thoroughfare for traveling bands like Johnny Cash and early Elvis.
From day one it's been an awesome journey, and I absolutely love working with such talented musicians who are always eager to challenge themselves and me.
Vocals: Eddie Brewer
Standup and Electric Bass: Steve Wild
Guitar: Danny PoHL & Zach Luten
Drums: Mark Manspeaker
Eddie brewer & the manic episodes
Jazz has always been something I’ve felt drawn to.
My piano teacher, Oscar Ellis, has immensely helped me grow my jazz theory over the years. I've found it brings out a wide variety of emotions within me. Some of the great jazz songs I’ve studies use mathematical genius, but also poetry that can melt your mind and heart.
Eddie Brewer & the Manic Episodes play a variety of jazz music, ranging from swing to bossa nova, and make it our own.
I think one of the coolest things about this group is that the members are all younger, and we are keeping the amazing genre alive.
I'm very lucky to have found Josh Coleman, who plays saxophone and clarinet. He is an amazing singer and musician. Our drummer, Casey Frew, has a passion for jazz and an amazing voice, as well. Steve Wild also plays stand up bass in this group.
Piano & Vocals: Eddie Brewer
Saxophone & Vocals: Josh Coleman
Drums & Vocals: Casey Frew
Bass & Vocals: Steve Wild
Best Band of 2017: The Despots
Best Musician of 2017: Eddie Brewer
Best Performance of 2017: The Despots
EDDIE BREWER & THE MANIC EPISODES
"Fly Me To The Moon"
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