Singer/Songwriter and actor Brendan Hines (The Tick, Suits, Scandal, Lie To Me) pens post-love songs, insult ballads, and clever couplets catchy enough to be mistaken for sweet. His wry commentaries and overheard stories of heartbreak, isolation, excess, and humor are often compared to John Prine and Elvis Costello. The son of an erstwhile priest and nun turned philosophy professors, Brendan was raised in Baltimore, moved to New York and then Los Angeles; the pitch and roll of these three cities feature prominently in his lyrics.
Hines' first album, Good for You Know Who, was ten tracks of earnest, ear-wormy, alt-folk pith and vinegar. In 2012 he toured the U.S. with folk duo The Milk Carton Kids and released his second album, Small Mistakes. It marked the debut of a quieter, more contemplative side to Hines' songs, with spare and haunting production by singer/songwriter David Poe and composer/producer Al Sgro.
In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, under the influence of a supermoon in the Joshua Tree desert, Hines and producers David Poe & Al Sgro assembled three other musicians and recorded the album QUALMS.
Angry, lyrically urgent and more vulnerable than anything Hines has done in the past, QUALMS is alternately a driving, sardonic rocker; a witty, pop throwback; and a lush, philosophical musing.
QUALMS is now available everywhere.