Brass Bed's latest release drawing rave reviews

‘The Secret Will Keep You’ brings national attention to Acadiana rock band


CROWLEY - Brass Bed’s Christian Mader can remember when he played his first guitar chords. He was 11-years-old and watching as his father, Tim Mader (Crowley’s city engineer) and Carey Chopin were practicing. It was then that young Christian decided that “he wanted in.”

“That was around 18-years-ago,” laughed Christian. “I remember learning the chords to the first song I learned to play which was ‘She Came In Through the Bathroom Window’ by The Beatles.

“I never did want to sing. My father always tried to get my brother and I to harmonize which we never did. Eventually, I ended up singing in a band I was in during high school just because nobody else could.”

Tim Mader and Kerry Chopin — along with Crowley attorney Jack Miller, Chris Trahan and Mike Dupuis — are still playing music together, having formed The Get Back Band, which regularly plays at area events. However, it seems that when it comes to making music, the son has stepped out of his father’s shadow.

And Dad wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The good looks and the talent he got from his mother,” laughed Tim proudly. “Any pimples or quirks he got from me.” 

Brass Bed’s most recent release “The Secret Will Keep You” has been ranked among the top-ranked albums (out of 25) released in 2013 by the music website Buzz and Howl.

It was also listed by National Public Radio (NPR) as one of their top 10 releases for 2013.

The Buzz and Howl top ranking seems particularly impressive seeing as how Brass Bed’s release beat out other, more famous artist such as David Bowie. 

Pretty impressive stuff. 

“It’s been a great year for us critically,” said Christian. “It’s great when you are a band that is struggling to get notoriety. National Public Radio looks good on our resume.”

“Perhaps the greatest compliment I could pay to ‘The Secret Will Keep You’ is that my brain did everything it could to keep from reading into these songs,” stated the Buzz and Howl review.  “No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t keep focused long enough to avoid letting the groove take over.”

When looking at other articles, Brass Bed’s music has been described as being folksy, dark and gritty. Mader had a much easier way to describe it. 

“I’d call us a ‘noise pop’ band,” he said “We’ve always been interested in bands from the 60s.”  

On Friday, Mader and his bandmates — Jonny Campos (guitar, vocals), Peter Dehart (drums) and Andrew Toups (organ, piano) — are leaving for a 10-day tour that includes stops in Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and New York. They will also be working on a new album which Mader anticipates will be completed by the end on 2014.

If their next album receives the acclaim that “The Secret Will Keep You” does, the band that is struggling for notoriety will make a lasting impression on Acadiana’s growing music scene.


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