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Bio: Ben and The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon

Ben’s influences lay deep in old-school grounds. Citing bands like Pink Floyd and The Beatles among his influences, Ben captures a melodic simplicity peppered with 90s Britannia youth, lifted with a Smiths-esque groove that’ll keep your foot tapping throughout the evening.

He’s best-regarded for his sharp hooks and indie-pop melodies, cut with dark heartfelt abandon of love and hope.

With the help of a new Minneapolis-based label, Martin-Guild, Ben came to America and recorded his first full-length album ever: The Motor Car and The Weather Balloon (coming soon!).

To bring his music to life, Martin-Guild engaged some of the finest musicians in the Midwest, including drummer Michael Bland, who, in addition to playing with Prince, has played for Johnny Lang, George Benson, Chaka Khan, The Dixie Chicks, and Soul Asylum.

Also credited on Ben’s record are Greg Inhofer, who played keyboards on Bob Dylan’s album Blood On The Tracks, and Joey Molland from Badfinger, whose rich history includes playing with George Harrison on his award-winning solo album All Things Must Pass.

The album was produced by Mark Healey (Badfinger), and the results are amazing. The line-up of musicians brought extraordinary talent and influence to the music. “Ben brings incredible power and raw emotion, as well as a remarkable ability to tell a story through each and every song on the album,” Mark said. “He was a joy to work with.”

Two of the album’s videos, for ‘Stories in the Rain’ and ‘The Girl Who Cried Wolf’, were directed by Emmy-winning Dan Huiting.

Tracklist

1: Integration (Not Segregation)
2: I Want To Go Home
3: Asleep in Galilee
4: The Girl Who Cried Wolf
5: Crack A Smile
6: Before Sunlight
7: Look Thru My Eyes
8: Stories in the Rain
9: Siren
10: Shackles

Songs in italics are recommended tracks.

 

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An Introduction

Click here to download my introductory press release (the above bio), covering my debut album, and offering an insight into my musical origins.

Album/SIngle Artwork

Designed by Jeeves Williams

Logos

The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon album stream

Videos

Integration (Not Segregation)

Created by Aaron Berger

Stories in the Rain

Created by Daniel Huiting

Tea, America, and Oasis tattoos — who is Ben Brookes?

Created by Jeeves Williams

Homeless Sofa Surfer (Lounge Version)

Created by Jeeves Williams

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