PREMIERE – Steve Brockley unveils his new album, Is Not Was

BC’s Steve Brockley has released his brand new full-length album, Is Not Was via Vancouver-based label Afterlife Music, and we’re stoked to be giving you the first listen.

Steve shares on the album,

“I’m not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes. The songs are real. I live out here in the country, relationships haven’t always been easy, but I put my time in every day splitting wood, loving, and making music. I guess that makes me somewhat of a country singer in a literal sense, although the sound definitely isn’t classic country.” 

Give the album a listen below and find out more about this incredibly talented Canadian artist in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello! My name is Steve Brockley. I live in rurally in the West Kootenay, near Nelson BC in a community called Krestova. After a stint as a side-man in Toronto, I moved to Montreal and started out as a songwriter. I spent 4 years there cutting my teeth. The city was great but eventually succumbed to the pull back home to BC where I grew up.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I’ve always loved many genres of music, but when from the first song I wrote, my sound has landed somewhere in the Folk/Roots genre. I love the classic songwriters like Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt for sure but also have always had a tendency to present songs with as much groove as possible. There’s a soul element that is essential to music for me; the feel is as important as the words. How it all fits together should be just an overall head nodding experience. It’s been compared to JJ Cale, which I don’t mind at all.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We’re doing a show at a hall in our community out here in Crescent Valley on February 1st. We’ve got some dates coming together in the spring where we make it out of the woods and get to the cities.

On stage we’re a 4 piece, I play drums and sing.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

“Is Not Was”, the title track off the new album encompasses the feel that I’m about.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Emily Millard is great, she’s been a good friend and collaborator over the years. We did our first super haggard cross-country tour together.

David Simard is awesome. He actually has a new album recorded, just needs to get it mixed and mastered. I heard it and I’ve wanted to hear it again since. Someone give that guy some money and tell him to finish his damn album!

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