The Brackish sign with BEM and announce new album.


We’re delighted to announce that Bristol-based instrumental rock band The Brackish are joining the Bad Elephant Music family for the release of their second album.

Led by the twin guitars of Luke Cawthra and Neil Smith, The Brackish have been delighting audiences in the UK and across Europe with their “spiky, energised instrumentals” (Prog Magazine) since their formation in 2013. Their 2014 debut album, Big Guys, met rave reviews, being described variously as “true musical genius” ( and “a tour de force in genre-hopping musicianship”. Liquid of Choice, their second album, will be released by BEM in October of this year.

“We are delighted to be releasing our second album and with BEM”, says Luke. “They’re true music lovers, committed to nurturing the artists on their roster, allowing us to make the music we want whilst gaining a wider audience. This is exactly the way we work, and we are very excited about the release of the album, and indeed our future working with The Elephant!”

BEM’s David Elliott: “I’ve been a fan of The Brackish since I heard ‘Big Guys’ after seeing it reviewed in Prog Magazine, and I was delighted when the opportunity arose to work with them on Album Two. Their intensely creative, no-holds-barred approach to making music makes them an ideal addition to the family, and guess what, they like a curry!”

The Brackish are a thrillingly unique instrumental band formed in 2013, featuring alumni of This is the Kit, Zun Zun Egui and The Liftmen. At the core of the music are tight arrangements combined with improvisation, featuring interplay between two distinctive guitar voices. The broad vocabulary of the music – psychedelic, metal, jazz, krautrock – echoes King Crimson, Steve Reich, Sabbath, Can and Tortoise.

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