TUNE Brad Stank - Watering The Garden
Brad Stank describes his cerebral slow jams as sexistential pop. As his debut EP ‘Eternal Showdown’ demonstrates, Brad’s laid-back vibe touches on downtempo funk, 70s West Coast jazz and ethereal psychedelia. And lyrically it occupies the philosophical middle-ground between life’s big existential dilemmas and innate sexual impulses. His message is simple – talk less, love more.
Now Brad releases the new track ‘Watering The Garden’ - his first new music since ‘Eternal Showdown’, which has already exceeded 10 million streams, including hit track OTD which was chosen by Will Smith as his track for romance on Quotidien, France’s biggest daily talk show.
The single emerges after Brad announced his debut North American headline tour, where he’ll be welcomed by a growing and devoted fanbase. His connection with the US underground is building after live dates with Gus Dapperton and Clairo.
‘Watering The Garden’ captures Brad’s charmingly unhurried vibe. On one hand it fits alongside modern slacker rock / lo-fi favourites such as Mac DeMarco and HOMESHAKE but it grooves like a Ronnie Foster 7” played at 33RPM. And with Brad being Brad, the lyrics are somehow simultaneously playful and philosophical. It’s an empowering reminder for people to try to find the time to recharge and to look after their mental health.
As Brad says, “‘Watering The Garden’ is a peaceful offering. It’s a simple tune for reaching the simplest part of your brain. Patience, understanding and love is the message!”
The Liverpool-based songwriter and producer was raised on a soundtrack of grunge but that aggression drifted away as he grew up. Instead his personal favourites became more diverse: Jonathan Richman, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Earl Sweatshirt and many more - although he’s equally as likely to reference Buddhism or Kerouac too. Previously the drummer for the similarly impossible-to-pigeonhole Trudy and the Romance, Brad explored a different avenue with his own mellow bedroom-produced pop.
Brad Stank is part of a vibrant Liverpool scene in which a diverse array of artists share a DIY aesthetic. In addition to Brad and Trudy and the Romance, there’s MC Nelson (who featured on Brad’s ‘Butte Magic’) and the broad range of the Eggy Records roster.
Some of that scene will play alongside Brad when he hits the Future Yard Festival next month - his latest festival date after Field Day. He’ll then head further afield, first to Paris’s Bastille Sounds Festival and then to the States. His UK headline shows are in Manchester and London - a new date in the capital at Redon following his previous sold-out show at SET.