November 9, 2006

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One man ISO band
Brian Sweet wants to fill in the sound
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Brien Sweet, a young musician from Nashua, has been doing solo acoustic shows for the last two years but what he really wants is a band of his own.

He’s already got a drummer. Now all he needs is a bass player.

“I’ve been playing with a number of bands since high school. I’d just rather be a part of something. Like, this is the band — this is us, kind of thing. But until I have that I just go and do what I can by myself,” Sweet said.

Sweet spent seven weeks of the summer in residency at the Boardwalk Inn at Hampton Beach. He’s also done his share of shows at the local lounges, bars and coffee shops, like Fody’s Tavern and the Peddler’s Daughter in Nashua or Brew’d Awakening in Lowell, Mass.

“I’m always playing as though there were a band with me. I don’t know how funny that looks from the audience but that’s what I’m hearing. The music was written to be performed with a full band. I always say that my solo shows are like a preview of what the band is going to be,” Sweet said.

Sweet knows how to work the circuit. He’s learned that you have to do the cover gigs if you want to get paid, especially as an original musician. A typical gig for Sweet would be a three-hour cover set, with squeeze-time for a few originals. He takes only an acoustic guitar with him on stage but he can also play electric guitar, bass and piano.

“My big influences are ’80s new wave and ’90s grunge. I don’t have an easy-to-listen-to voice. Like with Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins. You either hate his voice or love it. There’s a little angsty, aggressive feel. It’s kind of an up-and-down dynamic, really loud intense vocals and then really soft, just back and forth, like a wave of emotions,” Sweet said.

Aside from his commitment to music, Sweet has also recently made a commitment to get married next year. Saving funds for a wedding and also saving money for new equipment and recording time, Sweet works as a full-time waiter and takes the gigs where he can get them.

Sweeeeet
Brien Sweet will play at Alan’s of Boscawen, 133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, www.alansofboscawen.com, on Saturday, Nov. 11. Music starts at 8 p.m. in the lounge. To hear music samples of Sweet, or for more information, go to myspace.com/briensweet or lowellrocks.com/briensweet.


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