Brett Newski (USA)

Brett Newski writes heaps of songs and tours his face off in an effort to keep his anxiety under control. There are two people who refer to his style as, “American Folk Armageddon,” which happens to be the name of his new record. Other people say he sounds like the Violent Femmes, Frank Turner, Jake Bugg and Ben Kweller.

Newski spent 2011 recording in dirt-floored makeshift studios in the hills of Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Lost, he moved to Saigon, Vietnam on a $100 motor-scooter. Here he wrote nearly 100 power-folk songs. After two years and two albums, he choked down his final bowl of pig ear soup and boarded a flight to America. Since then, he has graduated from his parents’ basement and spent his time touring the world 200+ dates per year, including Europe, Australia and South Africa.

This bizarro odyssey has inspired songs about sweet victory, crushing defeat, fleeting freedom, and losing friends. Join him for a small part of his journey as he kicks off the Yarra band room for 2016.