A Musical Experiment for Eric & The Soo

Introducing Eric & The Soo’s most experimental work to date, blending elements of jazz, prog-rock, psychedelia, blues, and folk. Showcasing the depth of talent within the band, “It’s OK To Be Beautiful” is a genre-bending work that encourages you, the listener, to be proud of who you are, because who you are is beautiful. Speaking of beauty, this song contains beautiful performances from Ken Yoshioka on guitar, slide guitar, and harmonica, while Dino Naccarato impresses with a rock-solid drum performance showcasing a wide range of styles. Dino also takes his first turn on Marimba and Xylophone for this recording introducing a whole new dimension of sound to the Eric & The Soo canon. Tim Bradford underpins these performances with a driving bass line, while Eric Brombacher floats his acoustic guitar over top and lends his voice to the vocal section.

Songwriter Eric Brombacher creates a new vehicle to showcase the talents of his band mates. Photo by Brian Tremblay.

As Eric relates, “The core concept for the song came to me after an evening of listening to jazz stylings of Wes Montgomery. I started to hear a guitar melody in my head, which I immediately sang into my phone. The following evening, Dino and I got to work on building the song, and it grew from there. Though I question its commercial viability, it’s a song I’m immensely proud of, specifically as it serves as a great showcase for the talents of my bandmates.”

Photo by Annemarie Brombacher ca. 1975

So come join us on this experimental, musical ride. Maybe it will inspire you to open your mind to something new. It’s OK to try new things, it’s OK to open your mind, it’s OK to be beautiful.

Produced by Eric Brombacher

Eric Brombacher – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Ken Yoshioka – Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harmonica
Tim Bradford – Bass Guitar
Dino Naccarato – Drums, Marimba, Xylophone

Words & Music by Eric Brombacher

Recorded remotely in Toronto, and North Bay, Canada

An Orange Peel Productions production

Engineered & Mixed by John Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club, Toronto
Mastered by Jeff “Fedge” Elliott at Union Sound, Toronto

Cover Art & Design by Eric Brombacher
Cover Photo by Annemarie Brombacher

(c) 2022 Eastside Confectionery Records
(p) 2021 Eric Brombacher Music

“Come in out of the cold …” and tune in to new music from Kadelburg.

Introducing “Mutterwolf“, the latest single from Sault Ste. Marie, Canada based Kadelburg. For this offering, the eclectic indie garage-rock trio dipped into their heavy metal roots to pen a mythically inspired tale of a Mother Wolf on the hunt for her estranged and troubled son. “Like a wolf on the hunt she flashes her teeth, puts her lipstick on, and steps into the street”, imploring her beloved offspring to come in out of the cold, and to return home. He’s an angry young man, with a mind and will of his own. Will he find peace in his tortured soul? Will he hear his mother’s pleas and finally return home? Only time will tell.

Kadelburg from left to right: Eric Brombacher, Dino Naccarato, Jon Ferguson.

Recorded on a cold winter’s night in Sault Ste. Marie, this song continues the tried and true formula of recording the song immediately after its conception, while the ideas are still fresh, with all instruments recorded in one or two takes to keep it all raw and real. Featuring the talents of core members Eric Brombacher on lead vocals, Jon Ferguson on bass, rhythm guitar and vocals, and Dino Naccarato on drums, this latest offering also includes fellow Sault natives Michael Davies on lead guitar, and Bill Grawbarger on backing vocals.

Mutterwolf by Kadelburg. Cover art by Dino Naccarato.

Says Eric, “this song draws from all of our respective influences; Americana, Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, etc., the blending of which creates a unique sound, a sound that we couldn’t have predicted or expected.” As Kadelburg continues to find their footing as a band, we hope that this experimental mixing of genres continues, and we hope that you the listener continues to join them on this musical adventure.

Mutterwolf by Kadelburg

Words & Music by Eric Brombacher and Jon Ferguson

Eric Brombacher – Vocals
Jon Ferguson – Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dino Naccarato – Drums

Special Guests:
Michael Davies – Lead Guitar
Bill Grawbarger – Backing Vocals

Produced by Eric Brombacher

Recorded at HotBox Studios in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Drums Recorded in Dean’s Attic in Toronto, Canada

Engineered and Mixed by Eric Brombacher
Mastering by BandLab

Cover Art & Design by Dino Naccarato

(c) 2021 Eastside Confectionery Records
(p) 2021 Brombacher Ferguson Naccarato Songs

Isn’t Love Supposed to Last Forever?

Taking a rare turn on piano, singer-songwriter Eric Brombacher has penned a melancholy ballad of love gone wrong. The protagonists (represented by the seagulls pictured in the cover art), face the age old struggle of reconciling fantasy with reality in romance. “Isn’t love supposed to last forever?” Well it doesn’t always work out that way does it?

Eric Brombacher pens a ballad about love gone wrong.

Anchored by a simple yet plaintive piano performance, highlights include a confident drum performance by Dino Naccarato, and an otherworldy electric guitar performance by Ken Yoshioka. Bassist Tim Bradford provides just the right groove to keep the song rolling while also singing a beautiful harmony over the bridge section which leads us into Ken’s aching guitar solo.

“Last Forever” by Eric & The Soo is now streaming on all platforms.

The production is inspired by those late 70’s and early 80’s hard rock bands that knew that the only way for them to rule the airwaves was to include a radio friendly ballad, usually found near the end of ‘side 2’ on the LP or cassette tape.

Written by Eric Brombacher, “Last Forever” is an international collaboration recorded one piece at a time at Orange Peel Productions in Lauchringen, Germany, at Dean’s Attic in Toronto, Ken’s living room in Toronto, and Tim’s basement in North Bay. Look for more new Eric & The Soo songs coming in early 2022.

Last Forever by Eric & The Soo

released September 21, 2021

Produced by Eric Brombacher

Eric Brombacher – Vocals, Piano
Ken Yoshioka – Electric Guitar
Tim Bradford – Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Dino Naccarato – Drums

Words & Music by Eric Brombacher

Recorded remotely in Toronto, and North Bay, Canada and Lauchringen, Germany

An Orange Peel Productions production

Engineered & Mixed by John Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club, Toronto
Mastered by Jeff “Fedge” Elliott at Union Sound, Toronto

Cover Art & Design by Eric Brombacher
Cover Photo by Eric Brombacher

(c) 2021 Eastside Confectionery Records
(p) 2021 Eric Brombacher Music

The Earth, The Trees, The River, and The Son: New Music from Kadelburg

Follow us on a journey through the past: over the ocean to Eric’s father Hans’ hometown of Kadelburg, Germany; nestled between edge of the black forest and the banks of the glorious Rhine River.

Hans and Annemarie Brombacher on the banks of the Rhine in Kadelburg, Germany.

Introducing “The Rhine (Der Rhein)” a tribute to the legacy of Eric’s father Hans and his humble beginnings on the banks of the Rhine. “My father would often regale us with tales of growing up in his tiny village of Kadelburg”, relates Eric, “and the Rhine River always loomed large as a central figure in many of those stories.” It’s only fitting that Eric would eventually put pen to paper and express some of those memories in song. Says Eric, “I had the opening lyric bouncing around in my head for years, but I saw this as a song about the river itself. Once I sat down to write, it became a tribute to my father, Hans, and in a way an exploration of my own legacy.”

A highlight of the song is a beautiful xylophone composition by drummer Dino Naccarato who does double duty, playing drums and percussion on the track as well as presenting his debut performance on xylophone. Eric does his usual bit on vocals and acoustic guitar, with Jon Ferguson superbly filling out the song on bass, 12-string, and electric guitar. The song is sung in both English and German with extra special guest vocalist Hans Brombacher providing baritone backing vocals for the German lyrics. Eric’s wife Jessie Poh also lends her voice to the German language chorus.

“There’s a river that speaks to me, without a single word, and it rolls on past the town of Kadelburg” is what is expressed in the final verse of the song, cementing it as a theme song of sorts for Kadelburg, the town, and also for Kadelburg, the band.

Written by Eric Brombacher and Dino Naccarato, “The Rhine (Der Rhein)” is an international collaboration recorded one piece at a time at Orange Peel Productions in Lauchringen, Germany, at Dean’s Attic in Toronto, Canada, and at Hotbox Studios in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. Look for more new Kadelburg songs coming later in 2021.

Hans Brombacher lends a hand on backing vocals.

The Rhine (Der Rhein)

released June 29, 2021

Words & Music by Eric Brombacher and Dino Naccarato

Eric Brombacher – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Jon Ferguson – 12 String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Dino Naccarato – Xylophone, Drums & Percussion

Special Guests:
Hans Brombacher – Backing Vocals (German)
Jessie Poh – Backing Vocals (German)

Produced by Eric Brombacher

Recorded at Orange Peel Productions in Lauchringen, Germany
Recorded at HotBox Studios in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Drums and Xylophone Recorded in Dean’s Attic in Toronto, Canada

Engineered and Mixed by Eric Brombacher and Jon Ferguson
Mastering by BandLab

Cover Art & Design by Eric Brombacher
Cover Photo by Eric Brombacher

(c) 2021 Eastside Confectionery Records
(p) 2021 Brombacher Ferguson Naccarato Songs

A Rock n’ Roll Love Song to Kick Off The Summer!

Introducing “What I’ve Been Looking For”, showcasing the raw edged rock n’ roll spirit of Eric & The Soo. This is the sound of four guys itching to get back on stage!

What I’ve Been Looking For by Eric & The Soo (words & music by Eric Brombacher)

Eric says, “The song came to me in the middle of the night. I sang the chorus into my phone and then finished the song the next day.” That was a few years ago. On the very last show the band did before the pandemic, they dusted off the song and performed it live. “The band really leaned into and it was really fun, it came off great and we were all a little surprised by it!” Using that energy they quickly recorded a demo and were yet again surprised at how well it turned out. So they polished it up and decided to release the demo as is. As Brombacher puts it, “the rough and ready quality of it kinds of suits the frantic energy of the song, and also kind of mirrors it’s haphazard origins.”

This simple rock n’ roll song about finding the love of one’s life in a dark smokey bar is not too far removed from Eric’s own personal story. A highlight of the tune is the ‘call and response’ between Brombacher on guitar and Ken Yoshioka on harmonica. As is par for the course during these times it was recorded piecemeal just like “She’s Older Than Me” with each band member recording from their home studios in Toronto, and North Bay, Canada, and Lauchringen, Germany.

released June 15, 2021

Produced by Eric Brombacher

Eric Brombacher – Vocals, Electric Guitar
Ken Yoshioka – Electric Guitar, Harmonica
Tim Bradford – Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Dino Naccarato – Drums

Words & Music by Eric Brombacher

Recorded remotely in Toronto, and North Bay, Canada and Lauchringen, Germany

An Orange Peel Productions production

Engineered & Mixed by John Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club, Toronto
Mastered by Jeff “Fedge” Elliott at Union Sound, Toronto

Cover Art & Design by Eric Brombacher
Cover Photo by Brian Tremblay

(c) 2021 Eastside Confectionery Records
(p) 2021 Eric Brombacher Music

A Pandemic Inspired Single: “She’s Older Than Me” by Eric & The Soo

Introducing Eric & The Soo’s pandemic inspired single “She’s Older Than Me”. As described by Gerard Longo of Underground Music Collective, “It’s beautifully-told story, and a testament to the ways that music helps us push through.”

She’s Older Than Me by Eric & The Soo (Available on Spotify, AppleMusic, Tidal, Amazon and Bandcamp)

Eric Brombacher was forced into a fourteen day quarantine during a recent return visit to Toronto. He and his wife moved into an empty apartment with no TV, no internet, and worst of all, no guitar! So Brombacher reached out to his old friend Brad who loaned him a beautiful sixties era Silvertone guitar. Upon handing Eric the guitar, Brad implored, “be gentle with her, she’s older than you.” The line struck a chord, and a new song was born. “She’s Older Than Me” is an ode to a guitar that “helped me through those days of isolation.

Although the band typically likes to record “live off the floor” to capture that special in the moment energy, pandemic related challenges forced a different approach. The song was recorded remotely, piece by piece, in Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, and North Bay, Canada, and also in Lauchringen, Germany. Band members Eric, Ken, Tim, and Dino each recorded their parts in their respective home studios. Somehow, even with the miles between them, the warmth and musical connection among these four is still felt in this latest offering.

If you want to learn a little more about the ‘back story’ of the song, the official video sheds some additional light:

Eric & The Soo “She’s Older Than Me” OFFICIAL VIDEO

Enjoy this song, and please, stay safe!

“She’s Older Than Me”
Words & Music by Eric Brombacher

Eric Brombacher – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Organ
Ken Yoshioka – Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harmonica
Tim Bradford – Bass Guitar
Dino Naccarato – Drums & Percussion

Produced by Eric Brombacher at Orange Peel Productions
Engineered & Mixed by John Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club
Mastered by Jeff “Fedge” Elliott at Union Sound

(c) 2021 Eastside Confectionery Records

New audio and visual magic from Andrew James Barker

From the beautiful mind that brought us Low Moon, and the unforgettable instrumental masterpiece Gunslinger, comes the eponymous Andrew James Barker. Those who followed along with us on Andrew’s journey in bringing Gunslinger to the world will recall that it’s instrumental mastery was accompanied by an equally rich outpouring of watercolour paints and images. We are so grateful that Andrew’s exploration of visual arts has not faded, but rather transformed, nay ascended, to even greater heights. Accompanying the album is one of the most richly textured audio-visual experiences I’ve had the pleasure of being immersed in. Painstakingly created frame by frame, this music video (a term that seems trite in this context) is pure joy:

As for the album itself, we are thrilled to hear that Andrew is once again stepping up to the microphone, to add vocals as icing, on top of the beautiful musical cake that he has baked for us. Available on Spotify, AppleMusic, Tidal, Deezer, and where ever else beautiful music is sold. And as of today, it’s also available on CD!

Order yours today on Bandcamp! https://andrewjamesbarker.bandcamp.com/album/andrew-james-barker

New/Old Music from Shattervox: “Live Off The Floor”

Introducing Shattervox, the latest act to join Eastside Confectionery Records.  Founded in 2009 by “Eric & The Soo” frontman Eric Brombacher (lead guitar), Frank Miotto (lead vocals), Mike Mann (drums) and Jean Filippini (bass), Shattervox would go on to release two full length albums, a live album and numerous EP’s and singles before disbanding in 2016.  Four years on, in the midst of COVID isolation induced boredom, guitarist Eric (that’s me), dug through the detritus of old recording sessions and found a couple of rough-hewn gems.

Live off the Floor COVER ART

Shattervox “Live Off The Floor”
(c) Eastside Confectionery Records
June 23, 2020

From the archives: a couple of lost out-takes from the final “Little Star” recording sessions. We spent a long day of recording what would turn out to be the final release of original material from Shattervox; the raucous (and simultaneously poignant) swansong “Little Star”. Our job was done, but the tape was still rolling, so we partied and jammed on. How fortunate that the tape was rolling, as this was, unbeknownst us at the time, our final occasion playing together. We hadn’t played a show in over year, so our memories were a little foggy on the songs, which led to some interesting improvisation. These final recordings capture what was so special about Shattervox: that feeling of almost going off the rails at any second, saved only by the determination to hold it together, for just one more minute!

First up was our own raggedly unique take on the Rolling Stones’ “Let It Bleed” … always a fun rocker, and one we’d played at pretty much every show in our 7 year history (plus an extra 4 years in Eric & Frank’s previous band, The Septembers).  And we almost nailed it!  Somewhere along the way, we forgot to play the bridge, and I think it took a while for Frank to remember the words to the second verse, so the solo goes on a little longer than planned, but hey, we did it! We made it through!

Next up was our take on Canadian classic “New Orleans Is Sinking”. We got lost after the first verse, so we all just improvised, and in the process came up with something special; a fitting homage to the Tragically Hip, a tribute, without being a copy.  And the whole song is us on the verge of falling apart, a perfect metaphor for Shattervox.

“Live Off The Floor”
Produced by Eric Brombacher

Frank Miotto – Vocals/Guitar
Eric Brombacher – Lead Guitar
Rob “Key Frame” Webster – Piano
Jean Filippini – Bass Guitar
Mike Mann – Drums

Recorded by Aaron Comeau at “The Trailer” in Toronto
February 2016

Mixed & Mastered by Eric Brombacher
(c) 2020 Eastside Confectionery Records

New Song + New Video: “Picture” by Eric & The Soo

Enjoy this vintage-tinged video for new single “Picture” by Eric & The Soo.  A short and punchy rocker driving straight up the middle of the rock n’ roll highway, “Picture” features Eric Brombacher on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, along with Ken Yoshioka on lead guitar and harmonica, Ted Pruce on electric guitar, Tim Bradford on bass and harmony vocals, Dino Naccarato on drums and percussion and Julian Fauth on honky-tonk piano.

The video takes an unapologetic journey through the past featuring a rapidly changing backdrop of photographs, polaroids and cell-phone snaps from Eric’s early childhood in the 1970’s and 1980’s right through to present day.  Says Eric Brombacher, “it’s like watching my life pass in front of my very eyes.” Come along for the ride!

And of course the cover art for “Picture” also displays a decidedly vintage feel with an old Polaroid photo of Eric at age 17 in front his beloved orange 1977 Pontiac Acadian.

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Listen to “Picture” on your favourite platform: https://sl.onerpm.com/4809902301

New Video: “Modern Life” by Eric & The Soo

To celebrate the one year anniversary of “Modern Dystopia” here’s a brand new video for opening track “Modern Life”. Recorded in “Tim’s Garage” in Toronto by Tim Bovaconti this song features the talents of Eric Brombacher, Jerry Leger, Ken Yoshioka, Tim Bovaconti, Craig Robertson and Kyle Sullivan.

The video was produced and edited by Eric Brombacher with videography by his lovely wife Jessie Poh. I hope you dig it!

Enjoy the entire Modern Dystopia album on Spotify:

In Other news … be on the lookout for new releases from Eastside Confectionery Records in 2020!