Brad formed officially in 1992 although the individual band members had been playing together for a long time before that. The original line-up was composed of vocalist Shawn Smith, guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeremy Toback and drummer Regan Hagar. Over the past few years the band has featured occasional contributions from Thaddeus Turner (Maktub), Kevin Wood (Malfunkshun, All Hail The Crown), Happy Chichester and Barrett Jones.
1993 – SHAME
Their debut album Shame, released on April 27th 1993 through Epic Records, was recorded in roughly 20 days, with many tracks taken from in-studio jam sessions. Shame features a raw sound and an eclectic mix of styles. The lead single, ‘20th Century’ was a minor hit in the UK.
1997 – INTERIORS
After a four year hiatus, Brad’s follow-up album, Interiors was released on June 24th 1997 and was much more polished and purposeful record. Tom Moon of Rolling Stone said that, “what’s most notable about Interiors…is the pure pop focus of these nuanced compositions”. The lead single from Interiors, ‘The Day Brings’, featured Stone’s Pearl Jam colleague, Mike McCready on lead guitar. This release saw the band’s cult audience expand. The album was accompanied by a tour in the United States and Canada that same year, as well as a small tour in Australia and New Zealand in 1998.
2007 – WELCOME TO DISCOVERY PARK
Brad’s third album was released on August 13th 2002 through Redline Records in the US and later Wagram UK in Europe. The recording saw contributions from the then Satchel bassist Mike Berg, who had taken over as the touring bassist for Toback. The album mixes the rawness of Shame and the polished, produced sound of Interiors. Recording sessions took place from May 2001 to March 2002 at Studio Litho and Studio X in Seattle. Most of the album was produced by the band although Phil Nicolo and Skip Drinkwater were also brought onboard. The album was mixed by Nicolo, Drinkwater and Matt Bayles.
2010 – BRAD vs SATCHEL
In July 2005, Brad released an album of unreleased and incomplete Brad and Satchel tracks through The Establishment Store.
2010 – BEST FRIENDS?
Brad’s fourth studio album, entitled Best Friends?,was released August 2010 via Pearl Jam’s Monkeywrench Records label.
2012 – UNITED WE STAND
Brad has now completed work on ‘United We Stand’, a brand new studio album set for release on April 24th 2012 through NY’s Razor & Tie Records label. Comprised of 10 tracks, longtime fans of the band will find much to love on ‘United We Stand’ as Brad’s reflective, unique song writing approach is intact with Shawn Smith’s soaring vocals cascading over songs like ‘A Reason To Be In My Skin’, ‘Needle And Thread’ and ‘Bound In Time’.
“After 20 years as a band, Brad’s brotherhood remains intact and vibrant. I couldn’t be more excited about our latest opus,” explains Stone Gossard. He continues, “A year and a half in the making, United We Stand (our fifth record) is our combined and loving collaboration. We hit all the stops, down beat grooves, soaring vocals, and riffs galore. We’re in this bad boy for the long haul people. So get ready.” Shawn Smith adds, “Thankfully, as a band, or more importantly as individuals, we have not lost our spark, our desire to do more than just ‘get er done.’ The new record is a testament to a band in its 20th year, a band that started with three friends getting together one afternoon to jam. The approach was a little bit different than in the past, with plenty of time to try stuff out and then to step away for awhile and return fresh to see what felt good and what didn’t. That’s the key in my book, how does a song feel? This collection of songs feels really good to me. I expect nothing less.”