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Folsom, CA
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Portrait of Brown Shoe
“...Brown Shoe will surely awe the listener with its heart
piercing work and the compassion that shines through in its wistful melodies
and affectionate lyrics...”
Metro Pop

“Gentle, alt-rock melodies and dreamlike vocals form the basis for Brown
Shoe’s new release. This is a record big on atmospherics— strong doses of
melancholy and quiet meditation...”
The Phantom Tollbooth

“I got through this album pretty quick and thats rare considering the amount
of new music I listen to on a daily basis. I’ve also heard these guys are a must
see live. Have a listen to a young group of guys called Brown Shoe.”
Each Note Secure

Brown Shoe builds to a crescendo almost immediately on their first song, assuring you that although they're from the branch of textured, psychedelic, lofi indie like Mogwai and Sigur Ros, they're not afraid to rock. Indeed, they have drums and vocals and they're right there up front, not pushed behind the normal instrumentalism of lulling space rock.

But this isn't corny shoegazing indie-pop - there is something beautifully hypnotic about them, which they manage at a pace about four times faster than my gods of hypno-indie Galaxie 500. It's amazing - they defy the physics of space rock by rocking out and yet also soothing your tensions with celestial majesty.
Read Junk - Adam Coozer


Brown Shoe’s release of “The Wheat Patch” in 2006 garnered outstanding reviews, tremendous college radio support charting on CMJ, and comparisons to artists such as Sigur Ros, My Morning Jacket, Doves, and Red House Painters. Over the last couple of years, Brown Shoe has performed at festivals and clubs across the entire United States. They have been called everything from shoe gazers to show offs. Differences aside, people are gravitating towards their live performances.

In November 2006, Brown Shoe traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to work with producer Duane Lundy (Scourge of the Sea, Joanna James, The Parlour Boys), creating what one reviewer describes as “imaginatively dense soundscapes…alongside steady awe-inspiring rhythms and uplifting melodies." The release of “Vanity” in June 2007 attracted even more press, placements on MTV and radio play on over 300 stations.

By the time “Vanity” was finished a handful of new songs had begun to take shape as the foundation for what would eventually become Brown Shoe’s latest record, “Jackalope”, recorded between January and April of 2008. They made the decision to stay near their hometown of Folsom, California and work with Joe Johnston (Cake, Deftones) at Pus Caverns where they recorded “The Wheat Patch”. “It was a time in our lives we will never forget and always strive for, when all other troubles washed away and all that mattered was what was between our ears,” -ab

With a finished third record, Brown Shoe embarked on a thirty date national tour including a date at New York Cities CMJ Music Festival. Other notable festival dates include The Midwest Music Summit, Play STL Fest, SXSW and The Hyperactive Music Festival. Brown Shoe looks forward to touring the country in 2009 in support of “Jackalope”