Lucky Number’s latest signing Brandon Can’t Dance today announces his new, debut physical, album Graveyard of Good Times, to be released 13th January 2017, sharing lead single ‘Smoke & Drive Around’. A truly diverse collection of songs from one of America’s most compelling new songwriters, Graveyard of Good Times is as cathartic and melancholic as it is sardonic and playful.
Brandon Can’t Dance is the brainchild of Brandon Ayres. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brandon has already self-released several cult underground albums online before signing to Lucky Number and releasing his LXVE EP last month. His brutally honest and self-effacing lyrics speak of love, loneliness and suburban ennui, while his music flits between brooding post-punk, fuzz heavy alt. rock and 80s inspired synth-pop. Truly unpredictable, Brandon uses his vocals as another instrument, moving from deep baritone to falsetto with ease.
Brandon’s prolific creativity has seen him hone his melodies and pop songcraft and Graveyard of the Good Times finds him creating the most direct songs of his career thus far. Despite this, there’s a sardonic streak that runs throughout the album. Brandon says: “A lot of my songs have subtle humor in them whether it's musically, like an intentionally cheesy or sloppy guitar riff, or vocally, like forcefully singing really high and clearly channelling some inner pop star.”
Self-produced between summer 2015 and winter 2016, the album was recorded between shifts working nights as a security guard and looking after his grandmother, who he lives with alongside his mother and sister. “Since moving in with my grandma, I feel like I use the time I have for music more wisely. My job means I’m on a totally opposite sleeping schedule to my friends and family and it's given me a lot of time to work stuff out, whether it be music or life and what I want to do with myself. I think a lot of my music deals with feeling alone and spending way too much time in your head.”
Brandon has been performing music since he was eleven years old, previously playing as one half of cult duo Rasputin’s Secret Police. Brandon now performs live completely solo, along with a slew of loops, samples and effects. On November 1st, he will set off on tour in the US with longtime confidant Alex G and Sub Pop’s LVL UP.