ATO Records has signed The Belle Brigade and will release the band’s new album, Just Because, on February 11, 2014. Barbara and Ethan Gruska – the Los Angeles-based siblings who founded the band – recorded the album with engineer/co-producer Shawn Everett. Bram Inscore and Blake Mills, who also performed on The Belle Brigade’s debut album, joined them in the studio and they once again enlisted the mastering talents of the legendary Bob Ludwig. See below for the track listing.
On Thursday, November 14, The Belle Brigade will debut songs from Just Because at the Mercury Lounge in New York City.The band’s self-titled debut (co-produced with Matthew Wilder) was hailed as one of the best albums of 2011 by PASTE. Ann Powers, writing for the Los Angeles Times, took note of the “memorable voices and considerable charisma within songs that gleam with hooks and pour over with earnest emotion” while Newsday praised the album’s “sun-kissed ’70s SoCal sound” and SPIN observed, “The brother and sister team from LA, bring beautiful harmonies to their quirky folk rock.”