Taken at Lincoln Center Atrium

Taken at Lincoln Center Atrium

The Briars


The Briars of North America is a futuristic-chamber-folk group that find inspiration from both traditional and experimental sounds — shape note singing, old-timey string music, etc., and weirder free jazz, new classical, and electronic music.  We call the band “post-americana” because it reflects a desire to return to a life of simplicity, a way to reorganize human relations outside the context of apocalyptic capitalism, an affirmation of one of our mentor’s sayings: “Simplicity is the new wealth.”  

Members of the Briars have played with Neutral Milk Hotel, Steve Coleman, Meredith Monk, The National, Becca Stevens, Jim Black, Steve Reich, and Helmut Lachenmann (to name a few).  Formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2008, the Briars is the brainchild of second cousins Jeremy Thal and Gideon Crevoshay, and quickly grew to include bassist Greg Chudzik, guitarist Simon Jermyn and drummer Tommy Crane.  Our first album “Orisis” was recorded in a drafty third floor apartment in Hudson NY and has found a small but devoted audience in the greater Columbia County area. The album reached a wider audience when we played an opening slot for Jeff Mangum’s solo tour in early 2013, and were described as hushed chamber folk with classical precision and exquisite harmonies”, “pensive, existential, and thought-provoking”, and “Christian” (although the band is led by agnostic Jews).  The band then took a break while its co-frontman Jeremy Thal toured with Neutral Milk Hotel, but is now back in full effect. This current tour marks the release of the our new album, "Veins and Arteries", (the eponymous track being about a melancholic robot-boy, of course).

“The Briars honest-to-god blew my socks off ... Hushed chamber folk with classical precision and exquisite harmonies” -
— Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Gideon Crevoshay’s haunting falsetto lights one candle and uses that to light a sea of tiny flames. Warmth to embrace, not to scorch.”
— Zoe Madonna, Boston Globe Correspondent
Briars of North America switch out the icy glitchiness [of Radiohead] for a moody resonance that’s both more acoustic and more minimalist, with the occasional rainy-day Americana-influenced theme. They’re a talented bunch.
— New York Music Daily
“A pleasant surprise [...] vocal harmonies that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Fleet Foxes record, and the instrumental versatility of [...] Bon Iver”
— Shawn Cooke, wptsradio.org
“Pensive, existential, and thought-provoking”
— some dude with a blog

Gideon Crevoshay - Vocals, Keys, Mandolin

Jeremy Thal - Vocals, Horns, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizers

Greg Chudzik - Acoustic and Electric Bass

Simon Jermyn - Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar

Tommy Crane - Drums

Photo by  Hannah Devereax