This is our exclusive band camp version of our newest album, originally released in August of 2014. This super-special version features 5 added "vocal only" mixes, an early demo of "Mandy Lynn," and lyrics to all songs. Here are some of the nicer things people had to say about it:
"Bracket is a rock band from Forestville, California that gives us power pop in the tradition of Superdrag, Extreme and Sugarbomb or more simply put, Bracket combines buzzsaw punk guitar with heavenly harmonies. The band has been around since the early ’90s consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Marty Gregori, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Charlos, drummer Ray Castro and guitarist and backing vocalist Angelo Celli. The arrangements have a rich baroque feel, performed with an aggressive guitar attack at the forefront – a trick few bands can do convincingly.
It grows on you like moss, starting with the vocal multi-tracked “Not A Pear” the brilliant harmonies and ukelele strum coming forward. “Caving In” and “The Light” have catchy melodies led by a riff attack in each chorus. “She’s My Eraser” adds a Jellyfish-like composition to the mix. The bands range is also impressive, “Mandy Lynn” is at its most romantic while “The Opportunist” is a fast paced punk effort. However the album is best represented by the pensive, layered songs like “My Phantom Limb” being my favorite highlight. The latter half gets a bit more influence from The Beach Boys Smile-era with “Daddy-in-Law” and “A Striking Disappearance.” Then “Gone” and “Habit” are epic musical journeys along the lines of Queen or Lollipop Factory. The songs seamlessly blend into each other, almost to a fault. But if you liked any of the bands I mentioned above, then Hold Your Applause is required listening. Highly Recommended." powerpopaholic.com
"The album is basically a sweet, well-orchestrated ukulele story intermingled with fast(ish) songs, sometimes even doing both on the same track. The album showcases Bracket’s use of intricate vocal harmonies more than on any other record, and prove that they still put together some of the best and most interesting vocal lines in the business. Aside from the slower tracks and the new instruments, stays fairly true to the style they’ve crafted over the years." fortheloveofpunk.com
"Few bands can do the balancing act like these guys. They have managed to retain their original idea and sound while managing to grow artistically. The rockers on this album are presented simply using the basics...which means the band still blows the roof off when they turn up. But there are also tracks that feature the more subdued and pensive sound of the band which, surprisingly, at this point is sometimes reminiscent of The Beach Boys (except the songs are much better). Sixteen killer tracks here and they're all keepers. The album begins and closes with softer tracks ("Not A Pear," "Warren's Song Pt. 27") but never fear...there are plenty of aggressive rockers here."
"All-in-all, Hold Your Applause is a welcome return for Bracket to the recorded world. Between its Wilson-esque harmonies and the new instruments added to the mix, the band progresses their mellow-punk sound without disregarding everything that’s come before. In other words, it’s the next logical step for them."
released 05 August 2014
Bracket did everything