Meet the South Shields songwriter winning over fans with her ethereal lyrics and dazzling voice.
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Brooke Bentham is determined to leave nothing off the table, using her dynamic lyricism to make sense of an increasingly difficult to navigate world. No subject is too personal, too embarrassing or too hurtful to be written about and shared with her rapidly growing fanbase.
The trait is markedly evident on her latest grunge-tinged single Perform For You, and in particular, the one-two knockout punch of a lyric: “Tell me why you do not love me, you know I’ll still love you too,” no doubt a sting to anyone who’s ever had someone fall out of love with somebody.
The track is the second single to be taken from Bentham’s forthcoming debut album Everyday Nothing – due for release on 28 February 2020 – that promises to provide an 11-track window into the soul of one of the UK’s most intriguing new songwriters.
The debut was produced by former The Coral guitarist turned critically acclaimed solo artist Bill Ryder-Jones, who recently likened Bentham’s songwriting ability to Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner.
Bentham herself grew up 7 miles away from Newcastle in the coastal town of South Shields, where she’d perform at open mic nights and travel into Newcastle to busk on the city’s streets.
The bright lights of London, as they have for many down the years, would come calling and she set off to the big smoke, working multiple jobs to make ends meet whilst chasing the dream of becoming a full-time musician.
Her music found its way to the indie label AllPoints (Gavin James, James Vincent McMorrow, Novo Amor), who released her debut single back in 2016. Instead of rushing to release her debut full length, the label encouraged Bentham to release a series of EPs and singles over the past few years, allowing Bentham to develop her sound organically before unleashing her debut record into the world.
Back in her native North East pub playing days, Bentham befriended fellow musician Sam Fender, forming a bond over a shared love of Springsteen amongst other things. Sam pinched Brooke’s cover version of Dancing In The Dark, later repaying the favour by inviting her to open for him on his most recent UK tour.
Following her run with Sam, which concludes with a sold out show at O2 Academy Brixton, Brooke will head out on a headline tour this March in support of her debut.
Header photo by Lauren Maccabee
More essential tracks
All My Friends Are Drunk
Heavy And Ephemeral
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