Cover for the original Duna version.
|Studio album by Brant Bjork & The Bros|
|Released||May 8 2007|
|Recorded||at Donner and Blitzen Studios in Arcadia, California, USA|
|Genre||Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz|
|Label||Duna/Low Desert Punk|
|Producer||Brant Bjork, Ryan Snyder|
|Brant Bjork & The Bros chronology|
|Punk Rock Guilt |
Somera Sól is the seventh solo album (And the second and final album to be billed under Brant Bjork & The Bros) by desert rocker Brant Bjork. Released in the summer of 2007, Somera Sól is a full-band effort not unlike previous records though musically the album's themes also focus on Brant's move to Spain at the time of it's release.
Released as Duna 16 (LP) and Duna 17 (CD) it would end up being the last release on the label as Duna would fold just a few months after the album's release. A CD reissue of the album the next year would serve as the second release for Brant's second label Low Desert Punk.
Background[edit | edit source]
Leading up to the recording of Somera Sól, Brant Bjork would switch up drummers, Michael Peffer being replaced by former Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernández due to personal conflicts. Some time beforehand, Brant Bjork would relocate to Barcelona, Spain and for a time, only played live in Europe (Cortez lived in Belgium at the time while Roche and Hernández still lived in the desert parts of California. At some point in 2006 after touring Europe, the Bros would record in Donner and Blitzen Studios.
Some of the songs were written and even performed a few years before the release of Somera Sól. "Ultimate Kickback" had been performed live as far back as 2004, with an alternate version making it onto Sabbia. "Chinarosa" had also been written in 2005 for the fabled New Jersey Sessions, later released as Punk Rock Guilt. "Chinarosa", "Love Is Revolution" and "The Native Tongue" also appeared in acoustic form on Tres Dias.
Tracklist[edit | edit source]
All songs written by Brant Bjork except where noted.
- 1. Turn Yourself On (4:25)
- 2. Love Is Revolution (4:59)
- 3. Shrine Communications (4:00)
- 4. Oblivion (2:52)
- 5. The Native Tongue (5:01)
- 6. Freaks of Nature (5:46) (Brant Bjork/Sean Wheeler)
- 7. Ultimate Kickback (5:29)
- 8. Chinarosa (4:37)
- 9. Lion Wings (6:26)
- 10. Blood In The Gallery (4:38) (Dylan Roche/Mario Lalli)
Personnel[edit | edit source]
- Brant Bjork - Guitar, Vocals, Artwork, Producer
- Dylan Roche - Bass
- Cortez - Guitar
- Alfredo Hernández - Drums, Percussion
- Sean Wheeler - Vocals (5)
- Vince Meghrouni - Saxophone, Flute (9, 10)
- Mario Lalli - Guitar, Vocals (10)
- Olive Lalli - Vocals (10)
- Mathias Schneeberger - Recording, Mixing
- Evren Göknar - Mastering
- Dave Snyder - Producer
- Cale Bunker - Artwork, Art Direction
- Denise DiVitto - Management, Booking
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Somera Sol on Brant's Bandcamp
- 10th Anniversary Tribute via Doodlehound
- Friday Full-Length Article on Somera Sol via The Obelisk
- Review via Teeth of The Divine
- Review via AntiMusic
- Review via Goldmine Magazine
- Review via Silent Uproar
- Review via Exclaim!
References[edit | edit source]
- Stonerrock.com via Wayback MachineAccessed 15 July 2018
|V·T·E Brant Bjork|
|Solo Albums||Jalamanta • Brant Bjork & The Operators • Keep Your Cool. • Local Angel • Saved By Magic (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Tres Dias • Somera Sól (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Punk Rock Guilt • Gods & Goddesses • Black Flower Power (As Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band) • Tao of The Devil • Mankind Woman • Jacoozzi • Brant Bjork|
|Other Solo Releases||Sabbia • Falling To Space • Europe '16|
|Fu Manchu||No One Rides For Free • The Action Is Go • Jailbreak / Blueberries & Chrome • Godzilla • Eatin' Dust • (Godzilla's) Eatin' Dust • King Of The Road • California Crossing|
|Kyuss||Sons of Kyuss • Wretch • Blues for the Red Sun • Welcome to Sky Valley|
|Mondo Generator||Cocaine Rodeo • A Drug Problem That Never Existed • Use Once and Destroy Me Tour 2003 • I Never Sleep • Australian Tour EP 2008|
|Other Associated Bands and Selected Releases||The Desert Sessions • Vista Chino • Peace • Ché • Sounds of Liberation • Fatso Jetson • Solarfeast • Gossamer • Balls For Days|