When you hear what sounds like Johnny Cash, Freddie Mercury, Nick Cave and Slim Whitman sloshing about silver flasks of poweful whiskey and cavorting at a burlesque show for GIs on the set of M*A*S*H, you’ve either hit the mescal or discovered the music of Brandon Intelligator. Some would say both at the same time would be a lucky occurrence. But be warned, the doubly surreal combination could do serious permanent damage to your processing circuits.
Brandon, an LA native who studied music at New York University, croons. Far more curious yet satisfyingly managable and tastier than an Altoid mint, good-looking Intelligator strikingly performs well arranged songs with big personalities.
How the Story Will End is an invitingly sad solo acoustic piece. Brandon’s guitar resonantes warmly as a gentle but present accompaniment to his compellingly large Elvis-like vocal energy.
Into the Night, a fun full-band piece, bends into twang. Nightmare, Bad Man and The Ballad of Yours and Mine emit a theatrical throwback to ’50s film. Brandon’s the good-guy cowboy, the kind who’s hard-swilling yet emotional, a man’s man.
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