March 5, 2009

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Old Abram Brown dives into Winter
Indie trio releases debut album
By Dana Unger dunger@hippopress.com

The last eight months have been a whirlwind for the indie trio Old Abram Brown. Last summer, the young Nashua band was one of three finalists in the WFNX-FM sponsored contest, where the winner would open up for the British band Coldplay for the Boston Garden date of their Viva La Vida tour. The band came in second but got free tickets to the show and plenty of exposure.

“It was really awesome — we definitely expanded our fan base with that,” said vocalist Carson Lund in a Feb. 24 interview. “When we first entered the contest, we had no idea we’d get picked, so when we were, we were totally psyched. That was probably our biggest event as a band. It definitely helped us to gain more popularity.”

Following on the heels of that success, the band has recently released its debut album, Alive in Winter, a 10-song CD recorded mostly whenever the members had time away from school.

“We already had a couple of songs recorded from a previous EP [Warm Barn Blood],” Lund said. “Then two we recorded last Christmas and then we recorded the rest of the songs this summer when my brother [drummer Erik Lund] was home from college and had time.”

The band found working on an album and juggling their education at the same time a tricky undertaking.

“We had planned for the album to be out in fall, though we never told anyone that,” Lund said. “But what happened is that Erik had some trouble mixing it, plus he was going to school at the same time. So that took a long time.”

The recording of the album proved to be a learning experience for the members of the group.

“Dylan [band bassist and pianist] and I never really recorded much — we just watched and learned. If we do record another album, we’re hoping to do it with a recording company, and it’s tough to juggle a good creative process with the technical side. It would be nice to kind of sit back and record without worrying about both of those things at the same time,” Lund said.

The sound of Alive in Winter, and the sound of Old Abram Brown in general, can be hard to pin down, which is fine with Carson.

“I guess we fit into the genre of indie rock, which I realize is kind of vague,” Lund said. “A lot of people have compared us to Cold War Kids, but I think that’s mainly just my singing voice. We have a lot of echo and reverb to our music, which makes it a little more atmospheric. Our sound is really piano-driven, so it has this gritty, Southern rock sound.”

Now that they have their first album out, the guys of Old Abram Brown are focusing on promoting, playing as many shows as they can when Erik is home from college [Massachusetts College of Art & Design], and creating music that stands out.

“We’re not big on conventional music,” Lund said. “Part of the reason we like indie rock is because it’s free from being pinned down to one label. You can create and experiment, and that’s what we like to do. We’re just trying to create a sound that’s different.”


Old Abram Brown
Old Abram Brown is Carson Lund (vocals, trumpet, keyboard), Dylan Vukelich (piano, bass, backing vocals) and Erik Lund (drums, backing vocals, guitar, electronics and recording). Hear four songs from the band at   www.myspace.com/oldabrambrown. Their next scheduled live show is on Friday, April 17, at The Downstairs Mix-Up in Keene.