When the band promos of The Company We Keep went online, we saw a few familiar faces in Brian Southall of The Receiving End Of Sirens, Justin Pierre from Motion City Soundtrack, and Branden Morgan of Misery Signals. In front of the three recognizable was a dark-haired beauty that didn't ring any bells. I had the chance to talk to that girl, and it turns out Amy Brennan is more fun than those mysterious black and white photos made her out to be.
Your bandmates have quite the combined resume; MCS, TREOS, Misery Signals… and Amy Brennan! Tell us about yourself, rookie.
Oh man, right on the spot...there's not much to tell. I'm a singer/songwriter living in Detroit and have been singing my whole life. I taught myself guitar a few years ago and fell in love with songwriting. I was terribly shy to perform so I always wanted a band and just never found one that stuck. Eventually I had no choice but to try to do it on my own and then TCWK fell into my lap and here I am.
Where online can we hear you sing? Do your old bands have MySpaces we can stalk?
There isn't any music online of my old bands, they have new singers or new bands. As you found, my little brother did secretly make me a YouTube channel months ago, but any videos or fun shenanigans I do are usually found on Facebook.
How’d you get hooked up with these fine gentleman?
It's actually just a small world. I was working on an acoustic album of my own and happened to meet Brian as I was going into a session. We found we have alot of mutual friends and eventually after keeping in touch for awhile he asked me to audition for this project.
How does TCWK’s music compare to your past tunes? Or your bandmates’ old bands?
TCWK is just...so much more of who I am, but I didn't know it yet. You know? I can already tell you most people who know me and see me everyday will be surprised. As far as my old music...it's much different since I write on an acoustic guitar. I love folky, poppy, acoustic everything.
So far, my contribution has been the lyrics and melody, with a tiny bit of obnoxious guitar playing. I really wanted to be in a band(I use the term IN A BAND very loosely) where I didn't have the responsibility of singing so that I could just rock out. But mainly I'm a behind the scenes type guy. Most likely I will be like Mr. Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion. I'll play shows here and there when Motion City Soundtrack's Schedule works out with The Company We Keep's schedule. Trust me, Amy can wail and my voice would have just gotten in the way. As an artist, you always try to do new things and this is a side of me that I haven't yet been able to explore. I'm grateful to Brian for giving me a chance to collaborate with him. This shit is intense.