Aaron Brooks

Aaron BrooksAaron Brooks, the singer and songwriter of the acclaimed American psychedelic rock band Simeon Soul Charger, returns with this album after a two-year leave from the music scene. In 2011 he moved to Germany with his band and over the years they garnered a large fan base all over Europe. In 2016 the Soul Chargers disbanded, their members following their own musical paths and with “Homunculus” we now hold the result of Aaron’s creative break in our hands. And it is spectacular!

Artist-Website: www.aaronbrooks.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AaronBrooksMusic
SmartURL: smarturl.it/A.Brooks_Homunculus

Aaron Brooks: vocals, guitar
Beni Wiedemann: piano, keyboards
Max Huber: drums
Stefan Rossinger: guitar
Joachim Schwarz: bass
Susi Salomon: violin
Sandra Rieger: violin
Isabel Schlegel: cello

Guest musicians:
Kalle Wallner (RPWL): guitar, bass
Yogi Lang (RPWL): keyboards
Hansi Enzensperger (ORGAN EXPLOSION): keyboards
Peter Savee: banjo
Karl Muskini: trombone

Produced by Yogi Lang,

10Aug 2018

22 Jun 2019 | D-Eichstätt, Refugium Festival
20 Jul 2019 | D-Landshut, Altstadt-Festival
30 Jul 2019 | D-Erding, Sinnflut-Festival
28 Sep 2019 | D-Rheine, Hypothalamus (w/ Ray Wilson)
06 Oct 2019 | D-Mossburg, Jazzclub Hirsch
18 Oct 2019 | D-Passau, Zauberberg
07 Dec 2019 | D-Regen, Oberstübchen

Diskography

  1. Homunculus

    Aaron Brooks | „Homunculus“

    Aaron Brooks | Homunculus Light in the dark

    A room full of soldiers. A woman in a red dress sings to them, a cigarette holder in her hand. If you close your eyes to the music of Aaron Brooks on his solo debut “Homunculus”, films shoot straight into your head. Dark films, cynical films, wild films – like Tim Burton’s animated features – and then there are always those spectacular moments when the sun rises.

    Aaron Brooks, the songwriter of the acclaimed American psychedelic rock band Simeon Soul Charger, returns with this album after a two-year leave from the music scene. In 2011 he moved to Germany with his band and over the years they garnered a large fan base all over Europe. In 2016 the Soul Chargers disbanded, their members following their own musical paths and with “Homunculus” we now hold the result of Aaron’s creative break in our hands. And it is spectacular!

    In the opener “Consume” Aaron Brooks presents his cynical side and the razor-sharp view of our numb, morally degenerate consumer society. Bass and drums lay the dry grooving foundation that you would never have expected on a songwriter album. “Wake Up the Mountain”conveys a life wasted. Sad, almost depressing, Aaron’s crystal clear voice sounds over a wonderful piano carpet. And towards the end the mountain really does wake up, when – orchestral and cinematic – distorted guitars, strings and monumental choirs set in. Associations with Muse cannot be denied. And why should they be? Many of the varied songs on his album are progressive, not to make things complicated, but to surprise and inspire, especially when the door is ripped open and the light flows into the dark room.

    Compared to Simeon Soul Charger, Aaron Brooks also shows us slower, more melancholic songs. The piano often plays a leading role, as well as strings and orchestral percussion. His inspiration most often comes from personal experiences, be it the very important encounters with people on his tours or the dark, depressive moments. After thirteen exciting songs in changing line-ups, Aaron once again looks critically at our society with “Digital”, accompanied by synthesizers and sophisticated choirs.

    Aaron’s solo debut “Homunculus” was produced by Yogi Lang, one of the two heads of RPWL and label director of Gentle Art Of Music. His RPWL and label colleague Kalle Wallner contributed a lot of guitars, while Lang provided the excellent sound as he did in the past for artists like Ray Wilson.

    You can simply sense that Aaron loves writing music and recording it in the studio, yes, he needs it – it’s a kind of catharsis for him. It’s nice that he lets us participate in this process and floods all the darkness with light again and again.

    Release 21.09.2018
    Media CD (Digisleeve) GAOM060
    Vinyl GAOM060LP
    Label Gentle Art Of Music
    Distribution Soulfood Music
    Aaron Brooks: vocals, guitar
    Beni Wiedemann: piano, keyboards
    Max Huber: drums
    Stefan Rossinger: guitar
    Joachim Schwarz: bass
    Susi Salomon: violin
    Sandra Rieger: violin
    Isabel Schlegel: cello

    Guest musicians:
    Kalle Wallner (RPWL): guitar, bass
    Yogi Lang (RPWL): keyboards
    Hansi Enzensperger (ORGAN EXPLOSION): keyboards
    Peter Savee: banjo
    Karl Muskini: trombone

    Produced by Yogi Lang,

    01) Consume
    02) You’re Just a Picture in a Frame
    03) Wake Up the Mountain
    04) Everybody Dies
    05) Lies
    06) Jesus
    07) By Your Halo or the Fork of Your Tongue
    08) Nobody Knows What it’s Like to be Someone Else
    09) The Idiot
    10) Bodega, Bodega
    11) I’m Afraid
    12) What is a Man but an Animal’s End
    13) Digital