Brad (band)

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Brad performing at Gramercy Theatre in New York City 2012
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Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Years active1992–present
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Past members

Brad was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992. Their sound was influenced by the wide variety of influences brought by its members, including Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Regan Hagar (Satchel and formerly a member of Malfunkshun), Shawn Smith (also a member of Pigeonhed and Satchel), and Jeremy Toback.

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Stone Gossard musician, songwriter

Stone Carpenter Gossard is an American musician who serves as the rhythm and additional lead guitarist for the American rock band Pearl Jam.



Brad formed officially in 1992, although the band members had been playing together for a long time before that. The band's line-up was composed of vocalist Shawn Smith, guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeremy Toback, and drummer Regan Hagar. The band originally wanted to go by the name Shame, however the band found that the name was already taken by a band featuring musician Brad Wilson. [1] Instead, the band took the name Brad and decided to name its debut album Shame. Shame , released on April 27, 1993 through Epic Records, was recorded in roughly 20 days, with many tracks taken from in-studio jam sessions. Shame, featuring a raw sound and an eclectic mix of styles, was released to mixed reviews and moderate sales. [2] The track "20th Century" was a minor hit in the UK.

Shawn Smith American musician and singer

Shawn Smith was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was a member of several Seattle alternative and indie rock bands, such as Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed and The Twilight Singers, as well as a solo artist.

Regan Hagar is an American musician. Primarily a drummer, he also plays keyboard and guitar on occasion.

<i>Shame</i> (Brad album) 1993 studio album by Brad

Shame is the debut studio album by the American rock band Brad. It was released on April 27, 1993 through Epic Records.

The band's follow-up album, Interiors , released on June 24, 1997, was much more polished. Tom Moon of Rolling Stone said that "what's most notable about the pure pop focus of these nuanced compositions." [3] The lead single from Interiors, "The Day Brings", features Mike McCready from Pearl Jam on lead guitar. Interiors was met with poor sales, however the band saw its cult audience expand. [2] The album was accompanied by a tour in the United States and Canada that same year, as well as a small tour in Australia and New Zealand in 1998.

<i>Interiors</i> (Brad album) 1997 studio album by Brad

Interiors is the second studio album by the American rock band Brad. It was released on June 24, 1997 through Epic Records.

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

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A third album, Welcome to Discovery Park , was released on August 13, 2002 through Redline Records. The recording of Welcome to Discovery Park saw contributions from Mike Berg, who had taken over as the touring bassist for Toback. [2] The album mixes the rawness of Shame and the polished, produced sound of Interiors. Bradley Torreano of Allmusic called it "another quality album that still leaves the listener hungry overall for some better songs." [4] In July 2005, the band released an album of unreleased and incomplete Brad and Satchel tracks called Brad vs Satchel through The Establishment Store.

<i>Welcome to Discovery Park</i> 2002 studio album by Brad

Welcome to Discovery Park is the third studio album by the alternative rock band Brad. It was released in 2002 on Redline Records.

Redline Records was an independent record label based in Perth, Australia. Started in the year 2000 as a joint project between the band, Jebediah, and its management company, Naked Ape Management, the label predominantly released recordings of Australian indie bands under licensing agreements. Redline Records was distributed by Shock Records in Australia and New Zealand.

Satchel (band)

Satchel was an alternative rock band from Seattle. Their final lineup featured Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar, and John Hoag.

Brad playing on their opening date of their European tour in Manchester, England on February 8, 2013. Brad-Manchester-February-08-2013.JPG
Brad playing on their opening date of their European tour in Manchester, England on February 8, 2013.

The band's fourth studio album, tentatively titled Best Friends? was recorded in 2003 and was being prepared for release in 2006. [5] In September 2007, the album was still awaiting release as the band reunited for a small series of live performances, starting in October 2007, with Kevin Wood (of Malfunkshun) joining the band as an additional guitarist. Songs from the forthcoming Best Friends? album were played at the 2007 and 2008 performances.

Malfunkshun is an alternative rock band formed on Easter Sunday in 1980 by Andrew Wood and his brother Kevin Wood and is often recognized as one of the "Founding Fathers of the grunge scene" or the "Godfathers of Grunge". They formed around the same time bands such as The U-Men (1981), Melvins (1983), Green River (1984) and Soundgarden (1984).

Brad performed live at Seattle's Showbox on April 14, 2010 and news about 'Best Friends?' imminent release was posted on their official website. The album was released on August 10, 2010 through the Pearl Jam website. Brad toured the U.S. with Band of Horses in support of the album.

Pearl Jam American band

Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Seattle, Washington. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament. Since 1998, the band has also included drummer Matt Cameron. Boom Gaspar (keyboards) has also been a session/touring member with the band since 2002. Drummers Jack Irons, Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, and Dave Abbruzzese are former members of the band.

Band of Horses American rock band

Band of Horses is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. The band has released five studio albums, the most successful of which is 2010's Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms. The band's lineup, which included Mat Brooke for the debut album, has undergone several changes; the most-recent lineup of Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barrett, had been together for several years until Ramsey and Reynolds' departure in 2017, recording three albums.

In 2011 the band announced that they would record and perform on a more permanent basis and signed a new record deal with Razor & Tie. The band spent many months in the recording studio for what would become their fifth record United We Stand . United We Stand was released on April 28, 2012 followed by a short US tour. Later that year their first European tour was announced which started in February 2013.

Smith died at his home in Seattle on April 3rd, 2019 of a torn aorta and high blood pressure. [6] [7]

Band members

Current members
Former members
Additional personnel


Studio albums

YearAlbum details
1993 Shame
1997 Interiors
  • Released: June 24, 1997
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
2002 Welcome to Discovery Park
  • Released: August 13, 2002
  • Label: Redline
  • Format: CD
2010 Best Friends?
  • Released: August 10, 2010
  • Label: Monkey Wrench
  • Format: CD
2012 United We Stand
  • Released: April 24, 2012
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Format: CD


YearAlbum details
2005 Brad vs Satchel
  • Released: July 26, 2005
  • Label: The Establishment Store
  • Format: CD


YearSingle UK peak
chart position
"20th Century"64
1997"The Day Brings"Interiors
"Secret Girl"
2003"La, La, La"Welcome to Discovery Park
2012"Waters Deep"/"Don't Cry"United We Stand
2017"Hey Now What's The Problem"/"Pieces of Sky in My Hand"non-album single
"—" denotes singles that did not chart.

See also

Notes and references

  1. Gumbuoy. "Hang Out In Discovery Park With Brad" [ permanent dead link ]. September 27, 2005.
  2. 1 2 3 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas and Torreano, Bradley. "Brad". Allmusic. Retrieved on January 31, 2009.
  3. Moon, Tom. "Brad: Interiors". Rolling Stone . July 28, 1997.
  4. Torreano, Bradley. "Welcome to Discovery Park". Allmusic.
  5. Prato, Greg. "Brad Finishing Up Fourth Album". Billboard . January 18, 2006.
  6. Young, Alex (April 6, 2019). "R.I.P. Shawn Smith, singer of Seattle rock band Brad dead at 53". Consequence of Sound . Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  8. "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive — Brad" . Retrieved December 8, 2007.

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