BROOKE BENTHAM – South Shields singer announces re-scheduled NEWCASTLE gigs with Sam Fender
BROOKE BENTHAM has announced details of her re-scheduled support dates with Sam Fender.
The gigs previously due to take place before Christmas were postponed upon Fender being diagnosed with laryngitis. With the Hypersonic Missiles singer fighting fit once again, the shows in Birmingham, Bristol, Brixton, as well as two shows in Newcastle will now take place in early 2020, with Brooke Bentham confirmed to be resuming support duties on each night.
The new dates are as follows:
The news arrives as Brooke readies the release of her debut album Everyday Nothing on the AllPoints label on 28th of February 2020.
Brooke has also recently shared her second single from the album in, ‘Perform for You’, a melancholy meditation on the power dynamics in toxic relationships. Inspired by novels that Brooke was reading at the time. she probes beneath the surface of a doomed romance from the get-go.
“It’s like surrendering to something, even though you know it’s never going to work, realising you’re so dependent on someone and knowing your presence in that relationship. it’s love in the worst way.” she says.
“‘Perform for You’ is probably my favourite, because it reminds me of lots of the music I love. Once we’d recorded that, I knew we were making an album. Musically it was exactly where I wanted to be.”
Everyday Nothing follows two EPs of music shored up by intense reflection, which has earned the 23-year-old many admirers and a rapidly growing fanbase.
Brooke writes sharp and eloquent songs about her experiences as she understands them, using words and music to resolve and record the tensions of young adulthood. Confronted with the mundanities of life and caught between two jobs in London, she finds intense lyricism in the struggle for purpose and direction.
The album is, in her words, “in part an ode to the little moments in life, the frustration of being young and unaware of what you want but getting older and realising you still don’t know. It’s an album I searched for myself in, filled with questions I asked myself.”
Written entirely by Brooke, with a few contributions from producer Bill Ryder-Jones (who’s own album Yawny Yawn was showered with 4 and 5 star reviews last year), Everyday Nothing documents a fast-rising 23-year-old looking to make sense of her existence.
So impressed was Ryder-Jones with Brooke’s observational lyricism that he said: “I’ve worked with some amazing songwriters in my career. I think Brooke at 23 is well on her way to being up there with Alex (Turner), Saint Saviour, Mick (Head) and James (Skelly). Her lyric writing will be overlooked because of her voice but it is her words that will set her apart from others.”
“Perform for You” follows “All My Friends Are Drunk” released early October which was the first taster of Everyday Nothing. A looser indie rock sound than her previous EPs pitched somewhere between Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse and early Angel Olsen and nods to the ‘90s rock bands she was listening to leading up to the album being written, notably Low, Yo La Tengo and Broadcast.
Everyday Nothing soundtracks the reality for many young people today. One in which hopes, and dreams play out in a haze of confusion and frustration. Brooke captures this existential vulnerability, the baffling day to day-ness of a young life in the most relatable, poetic and compelling of works. “A lot of life is boring and predictable, but I hope this album is a way of saying that with some charm.”
BROOKE BENTHAM – 2020 TOUR DATES