Tuesday Tune: ‘Love Letter’ by Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes have one of the most distinctive and soulful sounds in music today. Their style is reminiscent of the late, great Amy Winehouse and oozes with old-school Motown flavor. Producing a fusion of blues, doo-wop and R&B, the band hails from Melbourne, Australia, and just recently traveled across the world to burst into the American music scene with the release of “Baby Caught the Bus.”
Clarianne Browne and the rest of her band made the trek to the U.S. to perform in the popular South by Southwest music conference in Austin. Shortly after SXSW, they were signed to Vanguard Records, the same indie label that claims notable artists like John Fogerty, Indigo Girls and Matt Nathanson. Their album saw a domestic release on May 21 and received immediate praise from critics.
“Ultimately, while many of the songs on “Baby Caught the Bus” sound as if they could be long lost Motown singles, there is an urgency and fresh energy to the album that makes it an immediately infectious listen,” wrote Matt Collar of All Music. It was originally released in Australia in 2011 and won multiple awards.
Already stars in Australia, the band really gained international attention when “Love Letter” was featured in a Heineken commercial called “The Switch” in 2012. Watch the commercial below.
Christian Detres of Bust magazine says this about their live performance: “With a peal of trumpet and a trill on a snare, Clairy Browne and her girls ginned up a stompy ’60s revival that had the crowd dancing and spilling their vodka lemonades all over the floor.”
Join Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes in McGlohon Theater on Wednesday, Dec. 4, where you can spill your vodka lemonades and see these rising stars make sweet soul music! Get your tickets now. I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Listen to “Love Letter” in its entirety here.