Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow, Laundry – Isthmus
press release: Milwaukee-based alternative songwriter / illustrator /
The release, which mixes humor with mental health struggles, has been hailed by Billboard, Glide Magazine, Under the Radar, American songwriter, The great takeover, NPR’s New Music Friday and more.
Today, Brett Newski is pleased to present the official video for the anti-pop blaster from the “Varsity” soundtrack. The video, which was produced by Max Hauser and presents the cinematography of Jon kline, debuted at PopMatters as well as an exclusive interview with Brett Newski. In the video, Brett Newski says, “I came up with the concept to make fun of our lowest moments in high school; the bullies, being scared of girls, social awkwardness and trying to fit in. Basketball was the highlight of high school, so we wanted to make it the highlight of the video. “
About the song and the inspiration for the release It’s hard to be a person: conquer anxiety, survive the world and have more fun Brett told PopMatters, “I was channeling my life as a youngster, thinking how hard it is to be a youngster and figure everything out even though you have so little information.” He adds, “Like most people, the youth were tough despite my parents being amazing. Middle school and high school was a social war zone. However, struggle is the key. And I’m happy to be doing it. getting your ass kicked physically and emotionally while growing up. ”
Brett Newski also just announced an extensive fall tour in support of the book and album.
The idea of It’s hard to be a person to conquer anxiety, survive the world and have more fun happened several years ago, after Brett Newski posted a few silly cartoons poking fun at his own anxiety and depression. The response was warmer than expected and the fans kept asking for more.
In the book, Brett Newski says:
Humor has always been a primary therapy mode for me. I always laugh at my own anxiety and “get down” like a catharsis. I sing about it on tour, talk about it on my podcast, and draw pictures of it here in this book. Bringing my once private feelings out into the world has been tremendous therapy for me, and I wish I had done it sooner.
Over many years, I have illustrated the “hacks”, “strategies” or “exercises” that have worked best for me in tackling the struggles in my head. More than anything, I want this book to be useful to people.
I’m not a doctor, just a person who spends too much time in my head. The goal of It’s Hard to Be a Person isn’t to give unsolicited advice, but hopefully save you headaches on the long, winding path of life in your brain.
Brett Newski also discusses mental health issues in his Dirt from the Road podcast. Recent guests include Stelth Ulvang (of the Lumineers), AAll American releases, Confessional dashboard, Guster, Heartless Bastards, Pipe Verve, Toad the wet gear and Frank turner. Connect to the podcast here: https: // brettnewski.
Brett Newski is a Milwaukee-based alternative songwriter, illustrator, and podcaster. It was featured on Rolling Stone, NPR, American songwriter, SiriusXM, Boston Globe and Pastry. He has performed alongside actors like Pixies, Violent Femmes, Courtney Barnett, Manchester Orchestra, Better than Ezra & New Pornographers.
“When I’m on the road to comedy, half of my job is anxiety. Brett’s book is a great tool for how to use this energy. And the best part is, when I’m too lazy to read, I can just look at the pictures. – Charlie Berens, Manitowoc Minute
“I like how easily Newski handles dark things with a little humor and courage.” – Stelth Ulvang (of the Lumineers)
“When life’s struggles get you down, singer-songwriter Brett Newski is the perfect pick-me-up with his new book and accompanying soundtrack album.” – PopMatters
“Perfectly shows the straightforward but not overly aggressive nature of ’90s alternative rock.” – American songwriter
“Newski’s concerts are part rock n ‘roll, part standing and part therapy. In the end, the room is conquered. – Jim McGuinn, The Current