Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. $12 for 12 weeks.

Topics

The Belle Brigade (music group)
The Belle Brigade does things its way this time, 'Just Because'
The Belle Brigade does things its way this time, 'Just Because'

Not long ago, Barbara and Ethan Gruska — the fresh-faced siblings at the core of L.A.'s Belle Brigade — were deep in a rehearsal with their two bandmates. The goal that afternoon was reworking the songs on the Belle Brigade's self-titled 2011 debut so that they fit alongside tunes from the group's just-finished follow-up. It took some doing. A sunny blast of retro West Coast folk-pop, "The Belle Brigade" pulled deeply (and openly) from crowd-pleasing forebears such as the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. The new album, by contrast, begins with a digitally processed train whistle laid atop a booming drumbeat. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview ...

Loading