So I have a new single and album.

On Friday, I released my new single “Teach Me” along with an accompanying video. In case you missed it, here it is.

This song is off my new album I Don’t Want to Be This, out November 2nd, 2018.

These songs are about my marriage ending and the sense of confusion that comes with that. I wrote and recorded them as the events took place, so they captured exactly how I felt in them.

For a while, I debated releasing these songs at all. They felt too…invasive. But now that some time has past I feel like this might be my best work yet.

November 2nd. See you along the way.

– Brian

“Golden B.C.” Lyrics

Original release: November 6, 2015

Tracklist:
1.   Back to That
2.   Failing
3.   They’re Trying to Make You a Woman
4.   Pay Dirt
5.   What They Tell Their Kids
6.   Yes I Do
7.   Greyhound
8.   Into the House
9.   Try to Wait

Lyrics:

“Back to That”

I pulled in the front, looked for my keys 
Cuz I knew that you’d be home 
Cuz I need you, I wanna feel your hand 
From the surface, down to the bone 

And I can’t believe it 
That I’m going back 
Back to that 

You’re a cancer, a tease, a plague on my house 
But I know that you’d be kind 
When there’s something you need, my phone goes wild 
With you calling me inside 

And I can’t believe it 
That I’m going back 
Back to that

——-

“Failing”

You got me breaking down 
But you knew this before 
Listen to the sound 
Of a new way to bore 

And I know 
You got me singing out 
And I know 
That you’d rather hear me shout than say “I want you” 

Sit 
Down 
Watch 
Me 

And I know 
You got me singing out 
And I know 
You’d rather hear me shout, than say “I want you”

——-

“They’re Trying to Make You a Woman”

You know its not gonna matter 
In 50 years what you’ve done 
Painting notes in a cave 
Confessing sins, ignore some 

They’re trying to make you a woman 
So brush your hair and paint your lips 
They’re trying to make you a woman 
But its easier to make a fist 

We’re all firing bullets 
Straight up into the night they’re sprung 
Standing with our heads back 
Trying to catch em on our tongue 

They’re trying to make you a woman 
So brush your hair and paint your face 
They’re trying to make you a woman 
Well to you, that seems to be the case

——-

“Pay Dirt”

Pay dirt 
Another inspiration tapped 
We cater 
To minor keys with major gaps 

Its harder 
To see the money through the trees 
For starters 
What can you do for me? 

Hey there 
You got another song to play 
Why don’t you 
Get your ass up on the stage? 

We wanna 
Tell the whole world about this 
Artist 
But gotta pay for word-of-mouth

——-

“What They Tell Their Kids”

He’s a sentence too short 
He’s a month too soon 
He called her up while wasted 
You would have laughed it off too 

This is how they met 
This is what they tell their kids 

This is what they tell kids 

I don’t know what I’m gonna do next 
I don’t know what I’m gonna do next 
I don’t know what I’m gonna do next 
So I might as well sit the fuck around 

You know its just a picture 
But don’t act like its just a date 
Cuz if you’re giving it up 
They will always be those that take 

This is what they tell kids

——-

“Yes I Do”

I know what to say 
I know what to do 
And I’m gonna walk outta there 
With a hella lot more than you 

Yes I do 

I took the raise 
I work the hours 
When the boss does a walkabout 
I give him all cuz I got the power 

Yes I do 

I got the Wilkes account 
Keeping me awake 
Did a line off my daughter’s book 
And I’m gonna be working late 

Just like you 

I know what to say 
I know what to do 
And I’m gonna walk outta there 
With a hella lot more than you 

Yes I do

——-

“Into The House”



Oh baby you’re a bridge to burn 
You got me drinking drinks from the colours to the worm 

I never once succeeded anything I’ve tried 
I’d rather play alone than risk the outside 

I didn’t know, I wasn’t supposed to know 
That you acted like that 
I didn’t learn, I wasn’t supposed to learn 
To dance 



Oh baby you’re a wagon to paint 
You got a busload of years thrown upon that face 
And the in to the house is the same as the out 
I gotta get up and leave if you’re gonna sit and pout 

You didn’t know, you didn’t wanna know 
Exactly how I felt 
You didn’t cry, you didn’t shed a tear 
When they came… 



4

——-

“Try to Wait”

I’m scared to leave these sheets 
I heard gunshots from down the street 
They said they killed another 5 
Injured 2 cops, now one’s died 

You can’t live out your lives 
Without being scared to go outside 
A brave face, another ribbon 
Regressing evolution 

All they do 
Is beat it with a clean slate 
The news will get better 
If you try to wait 

I hold my love, she holds me 
Watching broadcasts on repeat 
A brave face, a new resistance 
To the idea of coexistence 

I worry when she leaves that she won’t come home to me 

All they do 
Is beat it with a clean slate 
The news will get better 
If you try to wait 

Gonna spin it around 
And beat it with a clean slate 
It never gets better 
If you try to wait

Looking Back: ‘My Love is True (Hey Hey Hey!)’

As my catalogue grows, its easy for me to forget about songs I put out in the past.  ‘Looking Back’ will take a look at some of my previous work and talk frankly about the process of making them, things I screwed up and things I feel I got right.  Hopefully this won’t be boring.

“My Love is True (Hey Hey Hey!) – 2012 Single

This is a pretty recent track, but kind of an oddball in the catalog.  When I was working on this, my girlfriend was on a 5-month exchange in Mexico and I was trying to write something upbeat to cheer myself up.  Unfortunately, the first draft of this song sounded incredibly similar to a Beatles song and as soon as I noticed that, I had to rearrange large parts of it, or I would feel I copied them.  So, I played with the structure and ended up ripping the whole thing apart and keeping just the basic acoustic chords and rebuilding the song off of them.

I also finally go a chance to use my mandolin, which had been sitting in my closet since I bought it.  It really gave the instrumental section a big boost and I still think this song sounds phenomenal.  At the same time, this is very much a bouncy, upbeat love song that I wrote while making Just Take It, a dark and atmospheric concept record.  I knew it would have no place on the new record and I figured I might as well release it as a single, because its still a cool song.  Just the harmonica alone floors me.  🙂

Looking Back: “Taking the Blame”

As my catalogue grows, its easy for me to forget about songs I put out in the past.  ‘Looking Back’ will take a look at some of my previous work and talk frankly about the process of making them, things I screwed up and things I feel I got right.  Hopefully this won’t be boring.

“Taking the Blame” from 2008’s Oh No! EP

Originally on: “Oh No!” EP, released January 2008

In Ocotber 2007, I moved from Calgary to Taber, a small town just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta.  I know no one in town and for the first month of me living there, I was unemployed and living in my parents’ basement.  So while half-heartedly looking for work, I started getting deeper into writing and recording music, this time trying to write my own drum tracks as well as everything else.

“Taking the Blame” was born out of a little riff I had been playing with for a few months, but it wasn’t until I discovered The Black Keys’ Magic Potion that I thought I might be able to pull off a blues album.  It was the confidence on those songs that I admired, the riffs were sometimes so powerful that they completely replaced the need for a vocal chorus.  So I gave it a shot.

I had always played around with blues riffs here and there but Oh No! was the first time I actually tried to turn them into full songs.  Over that wonderful month of unemployment, I wrote and recorded the full EP and even now (almost 5 years later) I still love these songs.