Band/artist: Brian Cottrill
Album Title: Megaphone Inside My Head
Label: self
Release Date: Dec. 4, 2020
Genre: Rock

Availability:  Album will be available on all major streaming and download services on Dec. 4, 2020.  Physical CDs are for sale at Amazon.com and Assumption Records in Mannington, WV. 

Description:

From Brian... "My last album was an acoustic guitar and vocal songwriter record. That album and The Grey Agents last album had plenty of songs that reflected social and political issues. I was thinking about what got me started listening to rock music. What made me love rock and roll? I thought back to when I was a teenager. The music I loved in the late seventies and early eighties. Loud guitars, big hooks, and some synthesizers. Cheap Trick, The Cars, Billy Squier, Sweet, and The Who. I decided I wanted to make an album of power pop with lyrics mostly about how I felt as a teenager, about rock and girls and love and not too heavy. Some social issues did creep in a little, because it is 2020 with social justice issues and the pandemic. But I held that off as much as I could."

"I’ve been working with Bob Workman for ten years now. Bob helps with the arrangements and adds so much to the songs. He’s an awesome rock drummer and my sounding board. His ideas are very musical. He can play piano and guitar, too. We had a couple songs done when David Zinn joined us. David is a guitar wizard. He can shred and play a lot of styles. He is melodic and can play metal or the blues. He added elements to the songs that they needed. They both are tasteful players. Bob and David took the songs to a higher level."

"Davin Seamon wrote a genius string arrangement for “If Tomorrow Never Comes”. It could stand on its own and be mesmerizing. And my three daughters are great singers and each sang on one song on the album."

"I used a lot of first vocal takes on this record. Bob and I built the songs up from scratch, but I mostly used the original vocal take. I wanted to keep the emotion I felt right after I wrote the song. No second guessing. I wanted to rock out a little more than normal for me and get back to being a teenager in my bedroom in my parents house. When I was reading the liner notes while a vinyl album played on the turntable. When rock and roll was the most important thing in the world. Well, that... and girls."

Influences for the album:
Cheap Trick, The Cars, Billy Squier, Sweet, The Who... Power Pop.  

Track Suggestions: (for radio)
Teenage Kids, Take It Or Leave It, You Can't Stop Me, Spin That Record

BIO:
Brian Cottrill is a veteran of the West Virginia original music scene, as a founding member of The Grey Agents and Drain Babies. This is his second solo album.  

Band Line-Up: Brian Cottrill- vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, synthesizers; Bob workman- drums; David Zinn- lead guitar

Megaphone Inside My Head CD Track Listing
1 Gonna Love You
2 Spin That Record
3 Teenage Kids
4 You Can't Stop Me
5 Take It Or Leave It
6 Boyfriend
7 Don't Tell Me What To Do
8 What's Her Name?
9 Ice Cream Angel Baby
10 If Tomorrow Never Comes

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Band/artist: Brian Cottrill
Album Title: Through The Keyhole
Label: self
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Genre: Acoustic Singer Songwriter

Description:
Rocker Brian Cottrill decides to strip his songs down to their core for his solo debut album. He says, "I picked songs that span my life of writing, from when I was 17 to now. Most of these songs have never been released and three were just written." This is an acoustic songwriter album with just acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals.

Influences for the album:
I'm influenced by the actions and emotions of the people I see.
Musically- Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp

Track Suggestions: (for radio)
Erica
Remember My Name

BIO:
Brian Cottrill is a veteran of the West Virginia original music scene, as a founding member of The Grey Agents and Drain Babies. He has been the primary songwriter/vocalist/guitarist for The Grey Agents for the last five years. Cottrill comments, "The Grey Agents play new music that sounds very much like 1979 classic rock. The sound is dense and layered with guitars, keyboards and vocals. I wanted to strip my songs down to their bare core and leave them raw. I picked songs from my lifetime of writing, from being a 17 year old to new songs that didn't exist before this album started. I didn't give myself a lot of takes to make this record. If I couldn't get a good track after a few takes, I moved on to something else. I wanted the performance to sound fresh." The album has only acoustic guitar, vocals, and harmonica, with the only exception being the bonus track, "Gates Of Venus', in which Brian played everything including drums, bass, keyboards, and mandolin. The songs on the album include, "Erica" written about Cottrill's daughter, and "Sammie Lee" written about his parents. "I just write about what I see around me. That could be family, neighbors, people at a store, or something on the news," says Cottrill. The songs span 34 years of writing, with "Lace" being written by a teenage Cottrill. "I think it was the first song I wrote that didn't seem terrible to me," adds Cottrill. "I love being in a band and I always want to do that, but this has been liberating to work at my own fast pace." The Murder Farm is about the Harry Powers murders that occurred in 1931. The murder farm site is only about one mile from Cottrill's house. The album will be available on all major streaming and download platforms. CDs are available at https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/BrianCottrill.

Band Line-Up: Brian Cottrill- guitar, vocals, harmonica, bass, drums, mandolin, keyboards.

Through The Keyhole CD Track Listing
1 Remember My Name
2 Erica
3 All I’ve Got Is You
4 Lace
5 The Murder Farm
6 Lost And Forgotten
7 When The Fire Comes
8 Uncertain Keyhole Jangle
9 Sammie Lee
10 Gates Of Venus [Bonus Track]

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