TIME OUT NEW YORK (NYC weekly)
Daniel Wayne + Brian Olive + Mike Higbee
Cincinnati-bred, Brooklyn-based auteur Daniel Wayne pens dark Americana with indie melancholy and a distinct bluegrass twang. Arrive in time to catch Brian Olive, a laid-back, retro garage rocker who’s played with the Soledad Brothers, the Greenhornes and Dr. John. As if that weren’t enough name-dropping, his debut album, Two of Everything, was produced by Black Keys man Dan Auerbach.
CLEVELAND SCENE (Cleveland weekly) – Feature interview with photo to preview local show.
An interview with Brian Olive, who plays the Happy Dog on Wednesday
by Jeff Niesel
While his former bands the Greenhornes and the Soledad Brothers gained a certain amount of acclaim for their gritty garage rock, singer-guitarist Brian Olive is likely to earn more notoriety for his solo career. After all, his latest album, 2011’s Two of Everything, a mix of garage, rock, and soul that was co-produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, received glowing reviews for its groove-oriented retro-leaning rock. And Olive worked on Locked Down, the recent Dr. John album that Auerbach produced. Olive, who spoke via phone from his Cincinnati home, performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Happy Dog. Guardian Alien opens, and tickets are $6.
You were a founding member of the Greenhornes, who had a terrific run that extended even after your departure. Looking back on it, what did you take from that experience with the band?
I was just a kid really. I did manage to learn a few things about human nature that they don’t teach you in school. I also learned about my own nature and the nature of others. When we started that band, I was convinced we were the best band in the world. There were quite a few people who agreed with us. I wish the original five members could have made something more of it but what’s meant to be is meant to be.
And what about the time you spent with the Soledad Brothers?
That was really beneficial to me as well and maybe even more so. That was a slightly less volatile situation with personalities. We got along most of the time. I got to travel the world and play music, so I was happy about that. Playing with that band with [singer-guitarist] Johnny [Walker] brought out a more relaxed side of my playing. I could be content to be a rocker. I met Johnny when he was going to school in Cincinnati and started sitting in with him. When we started touring, we ended up living in Detroit a lot of the time and then London after that. I came back here to stay about six years ago.
So what was the transition like to making your first album?
At the time, it was like a dream come true. If you’re in a band, it’s supposed to be a democratic process but I felt some things didn’t get done that way. Doing it solo, I can make the decisions as fast as I need to.
You embrace such a wide range of music. Talk about your influences.
I think I’ve always been influenced by a wide variety of different artists and genres and that kind of thing. I think a lot of people are but with the Greenhornes we stayed within a garage sound because that’s what we knew we could do. That’s what everyone wanted to do. Now, I can do whatever I want. If I’m into Gilberto Gil, I can let that come out and do a Tropicalia-style song. As long as it still sounds like me, I can let all those influences come out.
What did you try to do differently with Two of Everything?
I brought in a lot of players and got to pick and choose a little more who I wanted to do certain things. I decided to finish the album at Easy Eye in Nashville. That helped. I can record what I want in my studio but it’s good to take it someplace else at least to mix it. Dan Auerbach made a big difference, too.
What was it like trying to manage what your press release describes as “the revolving cast of talent” that contributed to the album?
It’s a nightmare. On one hand, I enjoyed having different people on the tours and having fresh faces pop up. But it’s hard creating a vibe between all the people and making sure that everyone will get along. There’s always that bit of anxiety and hoping for the best. It always seemed to work out.
Talk about the Dr. John experience.
I don’t know where to start. Since I was like 19 years when I heard [1968’s] Gris Gris for the first time, and it changed by whole perspective on everything. I’ve been a fan of his music over the years. I got to meet him in London by chance because a friend of mine was opening for him. He’s the only person that made me star struck and nervous. Luckily, I got that out of the way years before Auerbach asked me about doing the album. I was excited and honored that Dan picked me. Working with him was cool because he started his career doing that same thing we were doing — coming in the studio and working out music with other musicians. When we got there, he sat down at the piano and said, “What do you guys want to do?” He’s a great guy who has music flowing through him. Anytime we got to a point where we couldn’t quite get it and everyone was throwing out ideas, he would just sit there quietly and then say, “What if we do this.” And he’d do the most amazing thing. It was always the right answer. He’s a great guy. Everybody down there had an amazing time working on the album.
INSIDER LOUISVILLE (Louisville, KY online A&E site) – Positive show preview with Left Side Rock video.
Honey, it’s the Weekend: Techno-Contra Dancing; Cheyenne Marie Mize w/ Brian Olive at Zazoo’s
By Staff | Published: August 30, 2012
Brian Olive and Cheyenne Marie Mize at Zazoo’s on Friday, Aug. 31
Well, Cheyenne Marie Mize is on a little local tear after playing Forecastle and Z-bar: The singer-songwriter is heading to St. Matthews this weekend to play at Zazoo’s.
She should find good company with rock-n-roller Brian Olive.
As you may know Mize is one of the premier acts in Louisville both for her soul-touching songs, but also for being down right beautiful. She is the complete package as she is uplifting, dark, and sensual … three ingredients that help Mize stand out amongst her musical peers.
Brian Olive is coming back to Zazoo’s, and he (like many touring acts) seems to have found a home at the St. Matthews bar, most likely because he fulfills the blues’ desires of the New Vintage Showcase. Olive possesses a sound that has been making a comeback over the past few years, blues-rock. Brian brings a little bit more soul to the genre than most, elevating him above the many who have fallen trap to imitating the Black Keys.
Mize headlines the night after Olive’s set, so she should inherit an already rocking crowd. It will be interesting and entertaining to watch the two acts dual Friday, so don’t miss out if you are a sucker for good vocals and good looking musicians.
The bill also features Graffiti; a band made up of former notable Louisville bands, Cabin and the Broken Spurs.
It should be a fun night at the ‘Zoo on Friday.
Show starts about 9 p.m.
Zazoo’s is at 102 Bauer Ave. in St. Matthews.
LEO WEEKLY (Louisville, KY weekly) – Feature interview to preview local show (per Damien)
One man’s band
By Damien McPherson
Brian Olive sounds like he’s still got something to prove. The Cincinnatian’s catalog is strong, from his band work with The Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers to session work with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Dr. John. But there’s an edge to his voice that suggests dissatisfaction with that earlier work.
Last year’s album Two of Everything, co-produced by Auerbach, echoes his self-titled starter, bringing a more melodic pop sensibility that his group work shunned. Olive shrugs, “There are things I always wanted to do in the Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers that I didn’t get a chance to do, maybe because there were so many people involved; so on Two of Everything, I said, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want. I’ll make it as pop sounding as I want.’ Each one of these albums that I do, it’s just making more and more sense as I stand creatively.”
The democratic process of bands can be restrictive. Olive says, “Greenhornes was four people who wanted to do straight-on garage and rhythm and blues. I was the odd man out, listening to different kinds of things and wanting to bring them into the fold. With Soledad Brothers, Johnny and Ben were more into experimenting. I was never quite satisfied with the outcome, completely. Now that it’s my name out there, there’s nobody really arguing with me about how the sound is going to be.”
Olive has been working on demos for a new record and will likely self-produce. “I’m always in the position that, unless I think someone else can do it better, I think I’ll just do it myself,” he says. Auerbach, Olive says, wanted to work on his first solo record, but Olive dismissed him. “I was out of the country for a while, out of the loop, and I was thinking, ‘Dan Auerbach? The guy who was opening for Soledad Brothers, in that band … what were they called?’”
His band plays at ZaZoo’s on Friday, Aug. 31. As for the show, Olive is no-nonsense. “What to expect? We’re just going to show up and play the hell out of it. We’re not a smoke-and-mirrors band.”
NEW YORK MUSIC NEWS (online NYC music site) – Feature interview to preview NYC show with artist photo, video and related links,.
NYMN Interview – Brian Olive
Call Brian Olive “butter” because he’s on a roll. His most recent album, Two Of Everything, is garnering praise across the musical landscape. In addition to these personal accolades, he and Black Keys member Dan Auerbach, helped write, produce, and perform on Dr. John’s newest album Locked Down. We asked Brian a few questions in anticipation of his August 27th show at Union Hall.
NYMN: Before we get into Two Of Everything, I have to ask you about working with Dr. John on his album Locked Down. How did you get connected with him?
Brian Olive: Dan Auerbach and I were talking after a recording session in Akron. He asked if I’d heard of Dr. John. I said, Of course, I even met him once. We listened to Gris Gris. A few months later Dan told me he’d be producing the next Dr. John album and asked if I wanted to be in the studio band. I didn’t have to think about it.
NYMN: Locked Down has received critical acclaim – Rolling Stone named it one of the best albums of 2012 so far. Where you surprised at how well it was received or did you think “I told you so, suckers”?
Brian Olive: I knew it was going to be a good album and when it was finished it was better than anyone might have expected.
NYMN: Do you do a Dr. John impression?
Brian Olive: Yes, it’s hard not to.
NYMN: So what is it: all is one or everything is two?
Brian Olive: Exactly.
NYMN: What is your biggest point of pride with this album? What makes you happiest about this album now that it’s complete?
Brian Olive: I’m just happy I made the album I wanted to make.
NYMN: How many and which instruments did you play on this album?
Brian Olive: I think 6 or so, guitar, tenor and bari sax, piano, flute, and some others.
NYMN: I loaded your album onto my iPod and listened to it on a recent flight to Miami. The guy next to me asked what I was listening to, as I was moving in time with the music. I said “It’s a guy named Brian Olive.” Then he asked me what it sounded like. I couldn’t really think of anything to compare your music to and instead lent him my headphones. I think not being able to say a band or sound is actually a compliment. I see a lot of comparisons of your music to other bands or genres and I wonder what album the reviewer listened to when they wrote the article. What would you say is Brian Olive’s sound?
Brian Olive: That is a great compliment. I could say what my sound is but half the people listening would call me a liar.
NYMN: You get a lot of praise for your studio work. What’s a Brian Olive show like?
Brian Olive: I’ve heard the live show is very different.
NYMN: Any outrageous promises for your NYC show to get our readers riled up?
Brian Olive: It will transform you into everything you’ve always wanted to be.
This Monday, August 27th – Brian Olive (with Daniel Wayne and Mike Higbee) will be performing at Union Hall located at 702 Union Street in Brooklyn New York. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 on the day of the show. For more information on the show call 718-638-4400 or go to www.unionhallny.com. For more information on Brian Olive please visit www.brianolive.net.
RYAN’S SMASHING LIFE (online music blog) – Positive show review with streaming lconcert photo album
BRIAN OLIVE Rocks!
images by Anne Cook
The Scene: O’Brien’s
Boston, MA – 8/28/12]
MAN BEHIND THE SOUND – Brian Olive’s name first came into the public eye as a founding guitarist/singer of the Greenhornes, and later as a member of the Soledad Brothers, for whom he provided saxophone and sundries under the pseudonym of Oliver Henry. Brian Olive’s latest release, “Two Of Everything,”* was recorded and produced by both Olive and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at The Diamonds in Cincinnati, and Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. It features a revolving cast of talent including long time right hand man Mike Weinel, Detroit psychedelic caveman David Shettler (SSM, the Sights), Daniel Allaire (Darker My Love), Jared McKinney (Greenhornes), and with Courtney Jaye, Leisa Han, Kari Kragness, and Sarah Benn on backing vocals.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I could seriously kick myself for missing this show… Get to know Brian Olive!
DRAW US LINES (Pittsburgh music blog) – Feature interview to preview Pittsburgh show.
Concert Preview (Tonight!) / Brian Olive
Brian Olive / Gooski’s / 10:00 / $6
Words by Brendan
Brian Olive is a man-about-town in the rock ‘n roll city. He played guitar (in high school!) in a band that became celebrated garage-rockers The Greenhornes. He later went off to work with The Soledad Brothers, whose debut was produced by friend Jack White. He worked on the latest Dr. John record, Locked Down, contributing guitar and vocals and woodwinds(?!). And he now has a couple of solo albums, both teeming with inventive rock sounds and song structures and lyrics. Two of Everything was released last year on Alive Naturalsound Records and was produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys), and it is a stellar album all-around. Check out standout track, “Strange Attractor”, below.
Brian Olive and his band are hitting up Gooski’s TONIGHT! They’re playing with Dewey Marquee and From Red Sun, which should make for an awesome rock showcase. Doors @ 9, music @ 10, so get yer asses out there.
We had a brief email chat with Brian Olive, so read on after the jump for his answers. (In particular, check out the question about movie soundtracks. Hilarious.)
See yinz at Gooski’s!
DUL: How has tour been going so far? Are you happy with the translation of the recorded tunes to the stage?
Brian Olive: The tour’s going great. Just crossed back in from Quebec.
Yeah, it’s different and I like it.
DUL: Where did the songs on Two Of Everything come from? What are your inspirational sources, musically and lyrically? What did you bring in to the recording of this album, and what sort of influence did Dan Auerbach have on the ultimate product.
Brian Olive: I’m not sure where they came from. I’ve heard a lot of music in my life. Os Mutantes, Dr. John, Chuck Berry are some that I always come back to. Everything influences me one way or another.
I started the recording/production at my place and then brought it to Dan’s for finishing. He really made a great difference.
DUL: Personally, I’ve noticed some heavy influences from garage rock and British rock/pop (musically), as well as some more philosophical elements (lyrically). Specifically, I’m thinking of “Two Of Everything” and “Strange Attractor” and their mathematical/physical connotations.
Brian Olive: I’ve been into all that since I was a kid so it makes sense to hear. I’ve also, for quite awhile, had an interest in things that could be called mystical. I think numbers have a lot to do with it.
DUL: One of your songs is going to soundtrack a scene from a famous movie. What’s the scene and what’s the song?
Brian Olive: “Two Of Everything(reprise)”. Transdimensional travel or porno.
DUL: Any thoughts or experiences from Pittsburgh you want to share?
Brian Olive: I’ve always liked playing Pittsburgh. It reminds me of home. We’ll come correct.
More info: Call Gooski’s n’@ 412.681.1658
Brian Olive on the web: Website / Facebook / Insound
HUGHS SHOWS (Pittsburgh music blog) – Feature interview to preview Pittsburgh show.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
“Following his 2009 self-titled debut , which was praised for skillfully blending soulful R&B with raunchy garage and psychedelia, Brian Olive (Ex-Greenhornes guitarist & Soledad Brothers multi instrumentalist) takes us further on his latest full length Two Of Everything. Listeners will recognize a number of musical touchstones here (Night Tripper era Dr. John, Exuma, early Funkadelic, Canned Heat, West Coast psych, etc) but the end result is completely Olive’s own, an insanely dynamic, soulful, psychedelically-rich summer album perfect for intergalactic flight, night visions, or voodoo rituals. Two Of Everything was recorded and produced by both Olive and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at The Diamonds in Cincinnati, and Easy Eye Sound in Nashville and features a revolving cast of talent including long time right hand man Mike Weinel, Detroit psychedelic caveman David Shettler (SSM, the Sights), Daniel Allaire (Darker My Love), Jared McKinney (Greenhornes), and with Courtney Jaye, Leisa Han, Kari Kragness, and Sarah Benn on backing vocals. The hauntingly beautiful artwork is by Laura Dolan. Brian is also laying down sax parts for Dr. John’s upcoming album.”
Brian most recently co-wrote and performed on Dr. John’s album “Locked Down” on Nonesuch. He returns to Pittsburgh tomorrow night for gig Gooski’s. My thanks to him for taking a few moments to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
Queen, “The Game”.
Your last album bought?
“The Rough Guide to Desert Blues”.
Favorite album of all time?
Dr. John, “Gris Gris”.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
The one where David Bowie was still Davey Jones.
First concert attended?
The Stray Cats.
Favorite concert ever?
Neil Young in Golden Gate Park by accident. Some friends talked me into going to see Pearl Jam. I had seen them before and wasn’t very excited. When it was announced that Eddie Vedder couldn’t perform the crowd freaked out. A mass exodus had begun when the band started playing “Powderfinger”. Neil Young walked out on stage. I went straight to the front and watched him play a 2 hour set!
Least favorite concert?
I saw “The Coasters” in high school. We showed up expecting the original members but what we got was five dudes looking/sounding like Bobby Brown.
Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh’s always been good to me. It’s a beautiful town. I’ll never forget the first time I was shot out of the mountain onto the bridge!
Thanks, Brian. That’s a great Neil Young story. How about the saps that left and found out later what went down? Ha!
CBS PITTSBURGH (local TV station KDKA) – Brief mention on their website.
BRIAN OLIVE with Dewey Marquee and From Red Sun
Bluesy garage/psych from the frontman of the Greenhornes on Alive Naturalsound
Wednesday August 29 // 10:00 pm
4931 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
BLOGTO (Toronto music blog) – Brief positive show preview with album art.
BRIAN OLIVE of The Greenhornes (Cincinnati.OH) @ The Silver Dollar
BRIAN OLIVE is no stranger to Toronto or the world of garage- and indie-rock, first as a member of The Greenhornes, then The Soledad Brothers, and most recently as a guitarist and co-writer on Dr. John’s highly-acclaimed 2012 release. Olive returns to Toronto with his new band and their full-length Bomp/Alive album http://www.alive-totalenergy.com/x/?page_id=273 with…
SET TIMES: Lordy Lordy (9:30), Speaking Tongues (10:20), Sphinxs (11:10), Brian Olive (12:00)
THE PERLICH POST (Toronto music blog) – Simple show listing with album art.
DOSE.CA (Toronto A&E site) – Show preview with artist photo in their ClubZone section
Brian Olives name first came into the public eye as a founding guitarist/singer of The Greenhornes, and later as a member of the Soledad Brothers, for whom he provided saxophone and sundries under the pseudonym of Oliver Henry. However, unlike those prior genre-specific endeavors, this album, his self-titled debut, is a breakout multicolored affair that takes musical and lyrical cues from the British psychedelic sixties, as well as the soul-pop hit factories of Memphis, and wanders through the erstwhile streets of the Ninth Ward.The sessions took place in Cincinnati, in what was once the basement vault of a pawn shop, and were produced, recorded and mixed on analog tape by Brian himself. Beside playing guitar, woodwind and piano, Brian Olive is accompanied on the album by friends Jared McKinney and Craig Fox of The Greenhornes, Mike Weinel, formerly of the Heartless Bastards, and Dan Allaire who did time with the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Brian also sings lead and is backed by the Kadish Sisters with Donna Jay, a vocal trio brought together in the studio for the occasion. A touring band will be assembled with various members of the sessions.
Location: Silver Dollar
Address: 486 Spadina Ave., Downtown, Toronto
WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY (online music blog) – Positive album review with album art, video, tour dates and related link.
Brian Olive – new video and free download from Two Of Everything
Brian Olive, former Greenhorne, has released one of my favorite records of 2012: Two Of Everything. Olive has rightly become very well-known this year: he’s a multi-instrumentalist who worked with Dan Auerbach on Dr. John’s latest record, and Two Of Everything is meeting with nearly universal approval (if not ecstasy). I’ll just go ahead and add my voice to the chorus of praise.
From the funky, hard-rocking groove of opener “Left Side Rock” (free download available – click here), to the hypnotic electric piano and flutes of “Go On Easy” to the Motown rhythm section and horns fronting Lennonesque vocals on “You Can’t Hide It”… the common elements are an explosion of talent and an amazing facility with different styles, tempos and genres. Everything on this record – the rhythms, the guitars, the horn sections – is well done, and Olive’s vocals are certainly up to the task of carrying such a big-sounding record.
Here’s a video for “Left Side Rock”:
In a way, though I wouldn’t call this a rehash or even particularly “retro”, I’m reminded of two old records: Rick Danko and Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue. And you would say, those two don’t sound much alike, and I would agree but still say those are the ones Two Of Everything reminds me of. Both are subtle masterpieces arising out of the totality of their creators’ musical journey, that forced us to look at them a little bit differently. The same thing is probably true here, although I must admit that, other than kind of enjoying the Greenhornes’ sound, I was largely unaware of Olive’s work before this record. Happily, that is no longer the case. Highly recommended, and available via Alive/Naturalsound Records. Alive/Naturalsound makes our world a better place.
Upcoming Brian Olive tour dates, with more to come:
CT CENTRAL (Connecticut online news site) – New Haven show preview.
Manic Productions Presents: Brian Olive (ex-Greenhornes, Soledad Brothers)
Sunday, Aug 26 8:00p
at Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT
Price: $8 advance; $10 door
Following his 2009 self-titled debut, which was praised for skillfully blending soulful R&B with raunchy garage and psychedelia, Brian Olive (Ex-Greenhornes guitarist & Soledad Brothers multi-instrumentalist) takes us further on his latest full length ‘Two Of Everything.’ Listeners will recognize a number of musical touchstones here (Night Tripper era Dr. John, Exuma, early Funkadelic, Canned Heat, West Coast psych, etc) but the end result is completely Olive’s own, an insanely dynamic, soulful, psychedelically rich summer album perfect for intergalactic flight, night visions, or voodoo rituals. ‘Two Of Everything’ was recorded and produced by both Olive and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at The Diamonds in Cincinnati, and Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, and features a revolving cast of talent including long time right hand man Mike Weinel, Detroit psychedelic caveman David Shettler (SSM, the Sights), Daniel Allaire (Darker My Love), Jared McKinney (Greenhornes), and with Courtney Jaye, Leisa Han, Kari Kragness, and Sarah Benn on backing vocals. The hauntingly beautiful artwork is by Laura Dolan. Brian is also laying down sax parts for Dr. John’s upcoming album.
ALAN CROSS: A JOURNAL OF MUSICAL THINGS (online music blog) – Positive post with album art and Left Side Rock mp3, with related links.
Artist: Brian Olive, “Left Side Rock”
Album: Two of Everything
Olive’s blend of classic 70’s blues-rock and soulful psychedelic vocals ride along with nothing but ease, and bring it all the way back home.
Sounds like: That’s blues baby, with a whole lot of soul.
LARGEHEARTED BOY (online music blog) – Left Side Rock mp3 with related links added to their “Daily Downloads: Aug. 6
HANGING AT THE BACK (online music blog) – Positive post with artist photo, tour dates, two videos and Left Side Rock mp3, with related links.
Brian Olive Announces August Tour Dates
Brian Olive, ex of Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers, has announced a series of tour dates through the eastern US and Canada.
He’s hitting the road in support of his latest album, Two Of A Kind, which as produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Olive and Auerbach also co-wrote and performed on Dr. John’s latest acclaimed album Locked Down. Check out a video of the session below. For a preview, head here to check out the track ’Left Side Rock’ and be sure to catch him on the following dates.
8/22 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
8/23 Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar Room
8/24 Montreal, QC – La Divan Orange
8/25 Quebec City, QC – Le Circle
8/26 New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine
8/27 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
8/28 Boston, MA – O’Brien’s
8/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s Bar
8/31 Louisville, KY – Zazoo’s
HELLHOUND MUSIC (online music site) – News story (from press release) with Left Side Rock mp3, artist photo, tour dates and related links.
FLOCKED MEDIA (Western Michigan online music site) – News story (from press release) with Left Side Rock audio stream, artist photo, tour dates and related links.