For more than 25 years, northern California’s Bracket have felt like a square peg in a world of round holes. “We have always thought it was hard for us to fit in, wherever we were,” says guitarist Angelo Celli. “It’s difficult for people to pinpoint us and put us in a category.”
The story goes that Bracket were too melodic to be punk, and too punk to be pop. But the band found a home at a haven for misfits, Fat Wreck Chords. The label released Bracket’s early EPs and three albums (1997’s Novelty Forever, 2000’s When All Else Fails, and 2002’s Live in a Dive), and also included Bracket on the massively popular compilations Fat Music for Fat People and Survival of the Fattest.
Bracket went their own way to explore their love of classic pop and Beach Boys harmonies on 2006’s Requiem (Takeover Records), 2014’s Hold Your Applause (self-released), and 2016’s The Last Page (an ambitious 70-minute single song, also self-released). Singer-guitarist Marty Gregori even wrote and recorded an album of string quartet music. But performing at Fat’s 25th anniversary show in 2015 reconnected Bracket and Fat. Too Old to Die Young, Bracket’s ninth full-length, comes from that reunion.
This song is from our new album, Too Old to Die Young. The video was created by another local talent, Mike Sloat!
Also from Too Old to Die Young, this video was created by Jeff Sorley @aspleniastudios