Brandon Campbell's music may evoke images of an unexpected, old-world carnival, a misguided stroll through a dark alleyway, a lover lost at sea, or that dark dilapidated house on the hill that's earned a wide berth. The scenes conjured from your subconscious may differ, but upon first listen to “Ten from the Galley”, Brandon's visual approach to composition will become evident... as will his influences, which include: Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits, Raymond Scott, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred Hitchcock, Gypsy Swing, and Pre-WWII Jazz. The resulting concoction is a dark, mysterious blend with top notes of humor and the macabre.
“I might begin with the most minute musical idea that I feel is worth following. At that point, it is very common for images to begin to manifest themselves. I think this is why I enjoy working with directors so much... we begin to feed off of one another. I've always been extremely visual, or visually influenced, and enjoy creating a picture or a story... and I appreciate the simplicity of a limited, acoustic pallet.”
Brandon began playing the guitar at age 15, while growing up in Orange County, CA. Life behind “The Orange Curtain” during the nineteen eighties hardwired him with punk rock DIY sensibilities and survival mechanisms. In 1998, while living in Hollywood, CA, he formed the Psychobilly band “The Graveyard Farmers” to nourish his penchant for rockabilly, blues, punk and late-night horror. During their five year run, The Graveyard Farmers headlined numerous shows and opened for some of their favorite bands such as The Stray Cats, L7, The Damned, Link Wray, The Blasters, Stan Ridgway, and The Knitters. Several of Brandon's songs from that project have been used in films such as The Hillside Strangler, Liar's Poker, Haunting Desires, and Bikini Frankenstein.
In 2004, Brandon's musical direction completely shifted when he attended a Django Reinhardt festival in San Francisco, where he witnessed Gypsy Swing (aka “Gypsy Jazz” or “Jazz Manouche”) being performed by some of the world's top players in the genre. The passion of the music, the way it swung, and the hints of darkness strongly appealed to his senses. Upon returning, he claimed that he had “fallen in love”, and began dedicating himself to re-learning how to play the guitar.
Brandon Campbell's latest release, “Ten from the Galley”, is currently available on iTunes and CD Baby. His music can also be found streaming on Pandora radio, where it has received over 3 million plays.