If you ask the likes of Kurt Wagner, Peter Buck, Willy Vlautin, Jay Farrar, John Murry or Kathleen Edwards, they all agree that Peter Bruntnell is a writer with rare and mysterious qualities. It’s interesting that American musicians are so seduced by such a uniquely British artist. Bruntnell has toured extensively with both Son Volt and Richmond Fontaine – in both cases, at the request of the headliners. UK writers searching for reference points for Bruntnell are more likely to mention Nick Drake or Syd Barratt.
When NME claimed that ”Peter Bruntnell’s records should be taught in schools”, they were referring to the particular appeal of the quiet Devonian’s songwriting craft. His restless musical spirit has meant each successive album striking out in new directions. 2009’s “Peter And The Murder Of Crows”, filled with psychedelic drones and mellifluous tunes, was Americana Album Of The Month in MOJO Magazine and one of Q magazine’s Americana Albums Of The Year, while the new record returns emphatically to the earliest days of his career, a full-on electric psych-rock experience.
Recorded between February and June 2015, the album is called Nos Da Comrade, which means “Good Night Comrade” in Welsh and was recorded not only in Bruntnell’s home studio in deepest Devon, but also in the village hall in the idyllic village of Mortehoe, where the band simply set up and blasted out the tunes: Mick Clews (drums), Peter Noone (bass), James Walbourne (guitar), Dave Little (guitar), Dai Godwin on backing vocals and Peter Linnane, (mastering engineer) on string machine. The album was produced by Peter Bruntnell himself.
Peter: “I wanted to make a record that is fairly standard in its approach, with drums, bass, guitars and a keyboard sound now and then. A lot of it is played live but there are some overdubs.”
Peter Bruntnell has a “way with a tune” like no one else around. The most interesting thing about his music, and part of the reason for his devoted following, is the indefinable knack the songs have of locking into the listener’s emotions, but no one quite understands how or why.
"Americana Albums Of The Year" - Q magazine
"Americana Album Of The Month" - MOJO Magazine
"Peter Bruntnell’s records should be taught in schools" - NME
He won the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award for 2015. His new album, "I'll make the most of my sins" will be released through At the Helm Records shortly. Strong songs laced with blues and country. He is the real deal - Bob Harris