Dead Man’s Clothes
Dead Man’s Clothes is an intriguing and majestic song that creates the imagery of blended lives, cultures and musical heritage.
Something similar to a Russian folk song but with a surf guitar line that is reminiscent of Link Wray.
It is a song that would be comfortable in a Jim Jarmusch or Tarantino film score, blurring the boundaries of a European film noir aesthetic with a sixties guitar sound.
Brandon’s voice sits somewhere between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. He puts a raspy soulful vocal into an almost drunken hymn as a testament to indigenous cultures ”when the ship comes in, strange to what has been..” You can visualize the sailors in a tavern having stumbled into the port after months on the tall ships.
The song moves effortlessly on from a seductive slow tempo to a wild gypsy polka beat as we all sing “and rise, until we drink this whole place dry”
Dead Man’s Clothes is the first track released from a 6 track EP recorded in Berlin’s Funkhaus in Nalepastrasse with legendary Kay Luebke and Jonathan Robinson on drums and double bass.
Stephen Brandon is one of three siblings originally from Byron Bay where his father was the shire engineer. He played in popular High school bands such as Cactus rock as an underage performer.
He moved to Sydney to study arts at NSW university, forming Sinister Grin a power trio releasing Mum Drove the Getaway Car and Under a Different Sky (Mushroom distribution) and then his debut solo album Two Hours Away 2004 (mgm distribution) to critical acclaim and widespread national mainstream and community radio play.
After travelling to Europe in 2005 for what was supposed to be a string of shows, Brandon ended up staying, living there based in Berlin for almost 15 years.
He received a Berlin arts grant with his album Floating on a Limb and made a living touring and performing tirelessly across the continent both as a soloist/ singer-songwriter and also with his band featuring Berlin drum legend Kay Luebke and violinist David Engler (Daye).
Here is an mp3, please request a wav file. World wide digital release date 15 February 2021