Brian Larney is a singer-songwriter and recording artist from Bridgeport, CT, touring to support his latest album, a 5 song EP called "American Needs The Town Hall.
When Larney first launched the album, it was under the band name The Town Hall, with the album title inspired by a John F. Kennedy button that read "America Needs J.F.K."
"I wanted this to be a very band-sounding record, and I had the pleasure of working with some incredible musicians. But when it came time to putting it on the road, I decided to go it alone. For a while I toyed with calling myself "The Town Hall," like a City and Colour-Father John Misty thing. That just got really confusing, especially to me."
"I am performing this material as a solo artist, finding a way to make my performances authentic, using acoustic guitar and keyboard, with drum machines and such gadgets. I'm such an organic person - I honestly thought I would hate it. But it's surprisingly fun and people seem to like it, that's what matters," says Larney who has spent the last three months touring regional college radio markets through New England and the Mid-Atlantic States.
Though America Needs The Town Hall isn't a political album, that it was written in this time of political divide and social upheaval by a writer as introspective and politically-Left as Larney, it's little wonder that the state of the media and politics would be so reflected by his songs. Backlash was the writer's reaction to the awful and unfortunate outcome of the 2016 Dallas protest shooting: "Everyone has lost it, the crowd loses sight. There's five dead in Dallas tonight."
But not everything is moody when it comes to Larney's songwriting, which leans as much Burt Bacharach-Partridge Family as the aforementioned alternative groups he is often compared to.