In 2004 a priest shot himself in a field in rural Oklahoma. Todd Jacksons outlook on life was transformed the day his friend and role model unexpectedly commited suicide. In that pivotol moment he gave up all other earthly prisuits to live as a full time musician. At that time Jackson worked as a youth minister and lived in a communal house with the rest of the members of acclaimed Oklahoma City band The Hex. Emerging from this talented circle of friends, Brother Gruesome began in 2005. Taking a backseat to The Hex's recording and touring schedule, Brother Gruesome was set aside. Todd Jackson picked the project back up after a three year Hiatus, during which he joined Norman, OK's Evangelicals as their guitar and keyboard player. Meanwhile drummer Levi Watson lived in Taos NM building sustainable Earthship homes. The Duo reunited in 2008 to begin work on new recordings, including a new self-titled cassette EP on Los Angeles based label Slanty Shanty Records. Brother Gruesome has a folky, dark, and raw feel. "Live they sound like a two man Carnival with seismic drum beats overlain with syncopated guitar melodies" (Independent Cause : Tulsa's Independent Music Blog.)
The pair have an ever evolving sound that is equal parts coo and climax to a highly effective degree. Their carefully crafted songs evoke strong emotions and graphic imagery, mirrored by their wild and intimate live performances where the band has been known to: kick in drum heads, dress as the dead and smash cymbals at a whim. Some of Oklahoma Cities most talented musicians and artists came together to make the new self-titled cassette possible, including Penny Hill, New Orleans beloved "Brother Clit", "Kite Flying Robot's" Nikolas Thompson, and "The Hex's" Brian Cheek.
Running Time: 17 min