Fears & Accusations
New Jersey singer/songwriters Brent Bowman and Bryan Lisa's diverse backgrounds seem to make the joining of their talents an impossibility. In reality, it brought out their musical strengths and resulted in the album, fears and accusations, which is being recognized as the pair's best work, attracting a wide audience due to it's timeless music, melodies, and lyrics. Brent Bowman wrote his first song at the age of 13 and compiled his work on home demos until the age of 18, when his first studio album, The Dark Reality, was recorded and released in 1995. Encouraged by the response to the album, which sold several hundred copies with virtually no radio airplay, Bowman followed up with Storms in 1996. Storms explored the boundaries of heavy rock while being balanced with acoustic ballads. In 1997, Bowman released an all-acoustic album entitled Isolation Rituals. While this album's dark songwriting style and exploration of depression as a central theme did not immediately find an audience, it did pique the interest of one fan, in particular. Bryan Lisa began writing and performing music casually at open-mics in 1996, but when he heard Isolation Rituals and saw Brent perform, he became serious about music. Multi-instrumentalist Lisa recorded and released his first album of original music in 2005, Skeleton Keys. The album garnered much acclaim from fans, surprising many with it's sophisticated blend of acoustic instruments and mature lyrics. One of the fans of Skeleton Keys was Bowman, who was so impressed by the album that he approached Lisa in the summer of 2006 and suggested a collaboration. Writing for the proposed project began in the fall of 2006 and the duo soon realized (after compiling more than 25 new songs) that even they were not prepared for the power and emotion of the songs they had written. Fears and Accusations is the product of one year of writing and over 120 hours in a recording studio in central New Jersey. Fans of both musicians are stunned by the material; the shuffle of "Dark Side of Town", the cryptic beauty of "Exhuming You", the tear inducing ache of "Looking Back", the cheery foreboding of "Waiting", the hysterical braggadocio of "The Man", and the rocking blues of "Something in Our Skies" have music fans spreading the word about this album and acting as a virtual PR machine for the two musicians. With a debut effort like this, one can only wonder what the two are capable of in the future.