Brad Bru & The Crowd Goes Wild: How Absurd – Album Review

Brad Bru & The Crowd Goes Wild are at it again! The Chicago-based satirical rock group dropped How Absurd last month and are currently gigging on their fresh material. Their quick-hitting, 7-song album took me on an emotional journey complete with compassion, a little social anxiety, and no shortage of laughs. Let’s dive in…

Brad Bru & The Crowd Goes Wild: How Absurd

How Absurd opens with the cheese-ball of all cheese balls: Public Transportation. This dorky jam is actually extremely catch and made my head bob uncontrollably as I cranked it through my head phones (on CTA nonetheless).  I enjoyed the solo from this song and wish they’d have extended it a few more measures to really bring the whole thing together.

Some Things Don’t Belong In Our Mouths is a melodic punk song that addresses the goofiness of sharing toiletries with exes. This song, at just over 1 minute long, might be my favorite work on the entire album and hooked me with the driving bass line and energetic build up. It’s a lot of fun.

Status Update is a fun commentary on the narcissism we’re all faced with in today’s technological landscape. It kind of feels like a late nineties Green Day song (in a good way) and delivers from beginning to end.

Walrus Love Song showed Brad Bru’s inner Prince as he belted out a love song about an actual walrus, complete with a “big ‘ol blubber butt” and walrus calls, making for a hilarious track. PSA is a campy tune that pokes fun at the arbitrary nature of swear words and has lots of potential to be fun in a live setting.

The Wings of an Eagle is arguably the best musical composition on the entire album and boasts some incredible guitar work and a bluesy vibe that gives the keys plenty of room to shine. The falsetto vocals are absolutely incredible and build nicely from the pre-chorus into the chorus. I challenge you to not laugh out loud during this one.

Overall

I enjoyed what Brad Bru & The Crowd Goes Wild put together with How Absurd. I’m a firm believer that art – namely music and comedy – are the best vehicles for social change and discussing difficult topics. Brad Bru does an inspiring job of melding these two together and making a fun record in the process.

The band currently does not have any gigs on the calendar, but a successful album release party at Tonic Room last month showcased they can rock the house. Expect them to be hitting the Chicago rock circuit soon!

Be sure to give Brad Bru & The Crowd Goes Wild a shout on  SpotifyBandcamp, and Facebook.

If you’re loving Brad Bru, check out Lollygagger and SLOP SINK.

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