Local 913, Episode 51: Brewer's Row
When Nicholas Hohman, frontman for the band Brewer’s Row came home from college about ten years ago, he discovered the most likely bandmates for his new project were in his own family. Hohman’s father, Mark, and sister, Leah, had already been playing together for some time:
“They were working in Cleveland, so they would drive there for the week and stay in a hotel. My dad would take his guitar. After work, they would play and sing. I think they had a standing gig in the hotel ballroom. I came back from school with a collection of ten or fifteen songs. Since they were already playing music together, we decided to try the stuff out together.”
In addition to Brewer’s Row, he was in a few high school bands and has experienced both dynamics of being in a band with friends and being in a band with family:
“With family, we already have a rapport, it’s built in, we already have a conflict resolution structures... In those regards, it’s simplifies things. Also at the same time, making art can be an intimate practice. Sometimes you have to expose yourself when you are making something. Opening up in that way, being vulnerable, sharing the art; sometimes that’s easier when there’s some sort of shroud of anemometry. Not that your friends in your band don’t know you, [it’s just] not like your family does.”
For more on Brewer’s Row’s new album, There Was a Time When We Were Kids, go to their website.