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We had the pleasure of sitting down with California folk-rockers, The Brevet, for an exclusive interview at the Analog Cafe in SE Portland. It was easy to see why this band is gaining a huge fan base. One way to describe their sound is American, as is the bands name. American is not to be confused for the cheap and clichéd version of American that rants about beer, girlfriends, and trucks. We’re talking energetic, cinematic, anthemic, slightly gritty, always powerful American. Better known as Americana. This band encompasses Americana rock with their sweeping orchestral tracks, gang vocals, unforgettable choruses and connective emotional lyrics. We were lucky enough to be able to sit down with The Brevet’s lead singer, Aric Chase Damm, as well as their bassist, Ben Ross. We chit chat about highlights of their careers, how they came to be and learned that they in fact don’t have a bus yet…they tour in a van dubbed Sean Claud Van Van. We dig it.

TMH: HOW’S YOUR 2017 GOING?
ARIC: 2017 is going great so far! We’ve been recording a bunch and working on a few projects. We’ve been working on a few exciting things and obviously starting off 2017 with a tour. We’ve got to play at a really really cool venue so far, Columbia City theatre up in Seattle is beautiful.
BEN: Volcanic Theatre in Bend is really cool too.
ARIC: Well, this is our third date so, we’ll let you know how the rest are. I’m sure they’ll be great.
TMH: HOW WAS YOUR 2016? WHAT ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2016?
ARIC: Oh, we had a lot of great highlights from 2016.
BEN: It started off really well.
ARIC: Yeah, we started off 2016 really well. We played a festival called the Rock Boat. It’s a five-day cruise festival. It’s like, basically Coachella on a boat. There were seven stages on the boat. I don’t know if you know the band Need to Breath?
TMH: Yeah.
ARIC: We got to play with them on the boat. Yeah, so a five-day cruise to the Grand Cayman islands is how we started 2016. I think it was January 15 or something that we played that and after that we played SummerFest in Milwaukee then Musik Fest in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Yeah, we went on an East Coast tour in April.
BEN: Kind of like this one, eight dates.
ARIC: Yeah, like eight or nine dates and yeah, we also released a bunch of new music. We released our EP around SummerFest so 2016 was great for us.
BEN: We went to Canada!
ARIC: Oh yeah, we went to Canada! How could I forget!
TMH: HOW CAN YOU FORGET CANADA?!
ARIC: How could I forget Canada?! Canada was gorgeous. We played Jasper Folk Fest and then Edmonton Kaleido Fest, and yeah, it was just beautiful up there. Really really cool.
TMH: FAVORITE VENUE SO FAR?
ARIC: Like, ever? That’s a loaded question!
TMH: WE’LL SAY EVER! 
ARIC:  We open for the Airborne Toxic Event at a venue in our hometown of Orange County called The Observatory. It’s a beautiful venue.
TMH: I FEEL LIKE I’VE HEARD OF THAT!
BEN: Their’s one in San Diego too.
ARIC: Yeah, it’s like a horseshoe shape. So, like, as you kind of stand out their as the singer, you can see everyone as opposed to like a box and it’s just cool. That show was sold out so it was just people on top of people. That definitely tainted why it was the best venue because it was like packed with people.
BEN: That venue and then Hotel Cafe is a venue that is just consistent and you never know who is going to be there sort of thing. So, it’s just a great place to perform and get your name out there.
TMH: SO, WHEN YOU ARE STANDING IN A HORSESHOE ARENA, WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE?
ARIC: That experience is awesome. For one, there was fans that were die hard Airborne Toxic Event fans. They didn’t care about an opener, they wanted to see their band and I totally understand that. So, when we came on stage they immediately assumed it was the band, like, Airborne Toxic Event so they were like oh! Then, that died down really quickly when they realized it wasn’t them and they were like “who the fuck is this band.” The coolest thing for us was winning them over by the end of the show and them all getting really into it.
BEN: We actually bumped into someone who was in that audience in Seattle.
ARIC: Yeah, someone in that audience came to our show in Seattle. So, we definitely won them over and that was a cool feat for us. Going back to the Horseshoe thing, it definitely can be intimidating because you just see everyone, but it is an amazing feeling. You just gotta own it.
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