Brad Strolls Through 'Discovery Park'
Seattle-based rock outfit Brad will release its third album, "Welcome to Discovery Park," Aug. 13 under a new deal with retail giant Best Buy's Redline label. The band plans to support the set with itSeattle-based rock outfit Brad will release its third album, "Welcome to Discovery Park," Aug. 13 under a new deal with retail giant Best Buy's Redline label. The band plans to support the set with its first wide-scale tour in five years, with dates likely to begin in October.
"Welcome to Discovery Park" finds the long-standing lineup of guitarist Stone Gossard, vocalist/keyboardist Shawn Smith, drummer Regan Hagar, and bassist Mike Berg joined by a host of guests, including former Brad bassist Jeremy Toback, who had not worked with the group since 1997's "Interiors." Percussionist Elizabeth Pupo-Walker and multi-instrumentalist Thaddeus Turner, who played with Brad during a short tour last fall, are also featured.
The 13-track album includes a handful of tracks debuted during those shows, such as "Shining" and "Brothers & Sisters." Other songs include the riff-heavy "Drop It Down" and "Revolution" (featuring Hagar's songwriting and guitar-playing debut) and more meditative fare such as "Never Let Each Other Down" and "Sheepish," which put the spotlight on Smith's vocal and piano skills.
Gossard tells Billboard.com the variety of styles explored "is really pleasing to us because some of it is really professional sounding and some of it is more vulnerable and raw." And although it took Brad years to regroup following the release of "Interiors" (its final album for Epic), he says the friendships shared within the group continue to serve as inspiration.
"We've all gone through people dying, bands breaking up, and every possible sort of neurotic situation," he admits. "That's an intense base to build records off of. But that's what excites me the most about it, is the intensity of the relationships and the natural style that can develop between people. It really has a unique fingerprint."
As for Pearl Jam's next Epic album, Gossard says mixing will get underway this month: "I think the plan is that it's going to come out by Christmas, but you never know!"