The Adobe Flash Player is required to watch videos on this page
Aaron Baggaley- Guitar, Keys; Ryan Baggaley - Guitar, Vocals; Bryson Baggaley - Bass; Jim Mikesell - Drums
About the Artist“...Brown Shoe will surely awe the listener with its heart
piercing work and the compassion that shines through in its wistful melodies
and affectionate lyrics...”
“Gentle, alt-rock melodies and dreamlike vocals form the basis for Brown
Shoe’s new release. This is a record big on atmospherics— strong doses of
melancholy and quiet meditation...”
The Phantom Tollbooth
“I got through this album pretty quick and thats rare considering the amount
of new music I listen to on a daily basis. I’ve also heard these guys are a must
see live. Have a listen to a young group of guys called Brown Shoe.”
Each Note Secure
Brown Shoe builds to a crescendo almost immediately on their first song, assuring you that although they're from the branch of textured, psychedelic, lofi indie like Mogwai and Sigur Ros, they're not afraid to rock. Indeed, they have drums and vocals and they're right there up front, not pushed behind the normal instrumentalism of lulling space rock.
But this isn't corny shoegazing indie-pop - there is something beautifully hypnotic about them, which they manage at a pace about four times faster than my gods of hypno-indie Galaxie 500. It's amazing - they defy the physics of space rock by rocking out and yet also soothing your tensions with celestial majesty.
Read Junk - Adam Coozer
Brown Shoe’s release of “The Wheat Patch” in 2006 garnered outstanding reviews, tremendous college radio support charting on CMJ, and comparisons to artists such as Sigur Ros, My Morning Jacket, Doves, and Red House Painters. Over the last couple of years, Brown Shoe has performed at festivals and clubs across the entire United States. They have been called everything from shoe gazers to show offs. Differences aside, people are gravitating towards their live performances.
In November 2006, Brown Shoe traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to work with producer Duane Lundy (Scourge of the Sea, Joanna James, The Parlour Boys), creating what one reviewer describes as “imaginatively dense soundscapes…alongside steady awe-inspiring rhythms and uplifting melodies." The release of “Vanity” in June 2007 attracted even more press, placements on MTV and radio play on over 300 stations.
By the time “Vanity” was finished a handful of new songs had begun to take shape as the foundation for what would eventually become Brown Shoe’s latest record, “Jackalope”, recorded between January and April of 2008. They made the decision to stay near their hometown of Folsom, California and work with Joe Johnston (Cake, Deftones, Brown Shoe) at Pus Caverns where they recorded “The Wheat Patch”. “We wanted to be comfortable and trust in someone we knew we could count on to be as obsessive as we are; someone who would handle these personal songs with truth and transparency” -R.B.
With a finished third record, Brown Shoe looks forward to hitting the road and playing live as much as possible.
Top 10 in Shout It Out with HANSON: San Francisco, CA, July 2010
February 2009 Alt. Rock
Top 40 in Indie Pop, June 2012
Top 40 in Indie Pop, April 2012
Top 40 in Indie Pop, December 2011