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Chris Brokaw - 'Puritan' LP (12XU 122-1)



Chris Brokaw is the consummate underground rock musician. In a career spanning thirty-plus years he has been in countless bands (Come, Charnel Ground, Codeine, The Lemonheads, to name a few) has been a sideman with everyone from Thurston Moore to GG Allin, pounded countless stages on nonstop tours, and played on over seventy recordings. Puritan is his tenth solo album and it's a killer.

From the hypnotic repetition on the extended instrumental outro of title-track opener "Puritan", the wounded grace of "Depending", to the fragile beauty of the Velvets-esque duet with Claudia Groom, "I'm the Only One for You", and the ghost of Alex Chilton echoing through "The Bragging Rights" onto the GBV-like firestorm of "Periscope Kids", and ending with the ‘On The Beach’-era Neil Young minimal strum of his cover of Karl Hendricks’ “The Night Has No Eyes” (with vocal accompaniment from his Come collaborator Thalia Zedek), Brokaw has crafted an understated masterpiece. ‘Puritan’ is an album that is all heartache and rebirth, resignation and joy, the kind of record that is so needed but all too rare these days. A classic from front to back.

Mark Lanegan 2020

The Chris Brokaw Rock Band :
CB - guitar, vocals
Dave Carlson - bass guitar
Pete Koeplin - drums

with special guests :
Tricia Adelmann - vocal on "I Can't Sleep"
Claudia Groom - vocal on "I'm The Only One For You"
Thalia Zedek - vocal, guitar on "The Bragging Rights" and "The Night Has No Eyes"

Recorded and mixed by Andy Hong at Kimchee, Cambridge MA 2019/2020. "Bragging Rights" and "The Night Has No Eyes", recorded by Britt Robischeaux at Cloudland, Fort Worth, TX, November 2019. Mastered at Chicago Mastering Service by Matthew Barnhart.

All songs written by Chris Brokaw except "The Night Has No Eyes" (written by Karl Hendricks, lyrics used by permission). LP layout and design by James Keeler. Front cover photo by Sasha Syeed. Band photo by Andy Hong. Chico photo by Brokaw.

(comes w/ download code)


  • black vinyl LP - 66% in stock