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).
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