Gentleman Brawlers Receives Honorable Mention:
"In a time where music is dominated by pop melodies and arrangements (even in R&B, hip hop, and electronica), Gentlemen Brawlers remind us that there is a world of music to discover and hear, as heard on their brilliant and inventive single “My Theory”. . . . Gentlemen Brawlers integrate funky Afrobeat vibes with tinges of voodoo psychedelia. It’s Lagos, Nigeria meets New Orleans, USA. Konono No. 1 blended with Dr. John. Together, you get a single that is tantalizing and intoxicating, a single that will entrance you while making your body involuntarily groove anytime and anywhere. . . . If the LP sounds anything like “My Theory”, they could very well be the Western world’s answer to Konono No. 1."
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— Ben Yung, TheRevue.ca
"A virtuoso live band of this calibre – grooving together like a beautifully engineered machine – topped off with silken female vocals...Liquid and inventive township style guitars, micron-precision drum grooves, yes… but what’s nailing it all together is a bassist with the effortless rhythmic flick of a Norman Watt-Roy or a James Jamerson."
Fresh On the Net, Fresh Faves
— BBC's Tom Robinson, Fresh On the Net, Fresh Faves
"It had me on the funky intro. Great fusion of afro-soul, and dreamy synth pop, driven by a tight bassline and interesting guitar riffs. Lots of elements coming together beautifully."
Fresh On the Net, UK Weekly Listening Post
— David Durant, Fresh On the Net, UK Weekly Listening Post
"In the modern world of music, the spectrum of genres is infinite, as bands have started to blend genres together and began to erase any boundaries that existed before. New York-based Gentleman Brawlers is one of those bands who decided that one genre just wasn’t enough for them."
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— Sheila Walsh, Shutter 16 Magazine
"Gentleman Brawlers moves between the lines of strong songwriting, theatrics and sonic experimentation, through the fusion of ambient and psychedelic melodies of guitarists Jim Thomson and Matt Walsh, the Latin funk polyrhythms of bassist Alexis Arkus-Duntov and drummer David Ashkenazy, and vocal combination and singer Becca Fox's moving stage presence."
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— Joe Marvilli, Queens Tribune
"Not being one of those bands who bother with belonging to a movement or a trend, the Gentleman Brawlers displayed their strong understanding of the tricks and techniques of pop's biggest and best moments, the moments that stop your breath during the pause just before the big chorus, and they set out to make an entire night of such moments."
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— Amanda Fortnoy, Fluxphase
"A well balanced, often humorous concoction of underground delight."
— Philip Merino, Babysue
"The challenge for the Brawlers is putting all their creativity into something that sounds original and consistent, making it just opaque enough to create mystery while acknowledging the legends."
— Andrew Thompson, Hybrid Magazine
"Reminiscent of the powerful spareness of early Police albums, bassist Josh Myers and drummer Dave Chillino-Volano marry stripped polyrhythms with Matt Walsh's hooky guitar work as the band moves deftly through the history of chamber pop, Hendrix-era folk-metal, jazz, bossa nova and afrobeat. The diverse styles are woven together with excellent 3-part harmonies…"
— Malcolm Wagner, Music Emissions