Old Sea Brigade’s Ben Cramer grew up playing in dozens of bands; his musical path has had time to mature, develop and reinvent itself a number of times. After a series of events, in the spring of 2015, Cramer found himself moving back home to Atlanta, after living in five different cities while chasing different musical endeavors.
In June of 2015, Cramer went to Florida for five days to record five songs with producer Jeremy Griffith, a collection of songs that turned into what is now Old Sea Brigade. Each song on the EP was first recorded bare bones with an acoustic guitar or piano and vocals; everything else on the recordings was added later for texture.
“Over the years I always had a gut feeling that I needed to share my own music with a larger audience. I got tired of playing in bands that fizzled out or went in a direction I didn’t want to go,” he says. Though a new name, Old Sea Brigade is familiar with the musical landscape, and with that familiarity brings a timeless element to Old Sea Brigade’s music. The vulnerability of the songs is meant to ignite emotion–the same gut feeling that was embraced in starting the band is the same gut feeling that attracts listeners.
Today the full stream of the self-titled EP has premiered via Gold Flake Paint, and the EP is set for release this Friday, January 22nd:
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Upcoming Old Sea Brigade Tour Dates:
Jan 28 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 (w/Julien Baker)
Feb 8 – Rock Island, IL – Rozz Tox
Feb 9 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
Feb 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewing Co. (w/ Santah)
Feb 12 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail
Feb 15 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
Feb 25 – Nashville, TN – Sofar Sounds
Mar 8 – Atlanta, GA – Smiths Olde Bar (Communion Music Residency)