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Brian Lisik And The Unfortunates

Ohio-based singer-songwriter Brian Lisik’s fifth solo album, "We're Sorry..." is scheduled to be released Sept. 15, 2017, with the first single, "Feudal Nights" released to radio nationally Aug. 21.

His second album with his band, The Unfortunates, Midwest Record called "We're Sorry..." "high flying rock for kids stuck in flyover land...sweaty bar band rock that satisfies the soul."

The album is the follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed 2015 release, "Curtisinterruptedus."

By the end of 2016, the album had garnered rave reviews from national and international press (“The songs are well crafted, featuring Brian Lisik’s brawny vocals and clever lyrics bolstered by his band’s effective performance" - Metronome Magazine, Boston; “Back seat rock n'roll fumblings …an overly fresh first kiss and a cheeky wandering hand of a record” - Americana Uk) and regular airplay across the U.S. (WAPS Akron Oh.; WKTL Youngstown, Oh.; WJCU Cleveland, Oh.; WRUW Cleveland, Oh.; WEHC Emory, Va.; WSLR Sarasota Fla. ; KGNU Boulder Co.) and across the pond (Alive 107.3FM Dumfries, Scotland; Shoreditch Radio London London, England; Meridian FM East Grinstead, England; Beverley FM Beverley, England; Phonic FM Exeter, England).

In its year-end Top 33 list, Akron-based ranked the single"Jan. 13" the 8th most played song in its 2016 rotation, while rock music writer and former Village Voice editor, Chuck Eddy, put Curtisinterruptedus on his "75 Favorite Albums of 2015 (More or Less)" list.

Brian Lisik was born and raised in Akron, Ohio - the dour, post-industrial landscape that gave rise to a varied, yet familiarly gritty, music and artscape including the likes of David Allan Coe, Devo, Rachel Roberts, Chrissie Hynde, the Black Keys, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and Television guitarist Robert Quine.

The son of a rubber worker father and a mother who "worked in banks and stuff," as he put it to Wilmington, N.C. entertainment magazine Bootleg in 2007, Lisik cut his teeth in and around his hometown in a variety of rock and blues outfits throughout his teens and 20s before forming self-proclaimed "slop rock" band The Giants of Science with drummer Scott Christoff, bassist Jeremy Jarrell, and guitarist/accordionist Jimmy "The Saint" Dobric in the late 1990s.

The group borrowed liberally from such fellow Midwestern post-punk poets as Soul Asylum and Afghan Whigs, but Lisik's often self-deprecating wink-and-a-nod lyrical content drew the band more appropriate comparisons to another Great Lakes-bred foursome. In a July 1999 Akron Beacon Journal feature on The Giants, entertainment writer Glenn Gamboa called the band "a sober version of the Replacements." Lisik's eventual response to the article, made to the host of a local video show, was that "Glenn's never been drinking with us."

The Giants of Science recorded two nationally released CDs (1998's "Hang Ups and All" and "A Minor Disturbance" in 2001, as a three-piece) on the Cherokee Queen/Lattisphere label. After an aborted national tour, and Lisik's increasingly acoustic-folk leaning songwriting, the band amicably called it quits in late 2001, playing its last show in October of that year.

After releasing a 9/11-inspired single - the frighteningly raw "(I Don't Wanna Go To) Heaven Daddy" - in early 2002, Lisik formed the first incarnation of the Brian Lisik Band and his full-length solo debut, "Baggage," was released on Cherokee Queen Records in 2004.

With a more slick and pop-infused sound than any of his previous material, the album also featured a full-band arrangement of "Heaven Daddy." Produced and engineered by Eddie Tomecko (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony; Don Dixon) - who had also helmed both Giants of Science albums - and Bernie Grundman alumnus Erik Wolf (Delbert McClinton; John Prine; En Vogue), Baggage spawned the radio single and local Akron hit, "Still Think I'm Breathing."

Throughout 2004 and 2005 Lisik and his band toured behind "Baggage," sharing stages with acts such as Jesse Malin, Tim Easton, and Byrds co-founder Roger McGuinn. In 2005, Lisik had a cameo role in the independent film "Circle Track Summer," as he began work on the follow-up to "Baggage."

Produced by Todd Tobias (Guided by Voices; Clouds Forming Crowns; Robert Pollard; The Celebrity Pilots), and featuring Lisik's most prolific use of a co-writer to date - namely his brother, multi-instrumentalist Craig Lisik - "Happiness Is Boring" was released by Cherokee Queen in 2006.

Returning to a more natural, live feel, the Cleveland Scene said of "Happiness," "Lisik taps the same ragged roots-rock vein as the Replacements and Old '97s, cooking Stones-style country-blues and jingle-jangle twang into a variety of enticing recipes."

In an Aug. 2006 article in the Williamsport Sun Gazette, writer C.A. Keller said "Brian Lisik’s sound is that of a solid ‘90s Americana rock band (but) Lisik definitely has a knack for catching — and keeping — his listeners’ attention. He’s funny (“Sleeping With a Moron”) and sad (“Sleeping With a Moron”). So essentially, Mr. Lisik, you done good.”

A video for the song "Outside the Elms" was shot in late 2006, with Akron's Our Lady of The Elms High School and legendary Highland Square arts district featured prominently.

Lisik was far from idle during the six-year stretch between "Happiness" and its follow-up, "The Mess That Money Could Buy." A number of live and studio recordings of new songs found their way onto a variety of cd compilations and Lisik's show schedule remained consistent - some would say exhausting - both solo and The Unfortunates.​

"The Mess That Money Could Buy," released in September 2012, included the songs “Five Other Rooms,” “Small Town Royal Family,” and “Change on Your Own," which were added to the rotations of a number of college and non-commercial radio stations throughout the fall and winter of 2012, including WJCU at John Carroll University, WRUW at Case Western Reserve University, and WAPS 91.3 The Summit in Akron.

A video for “Rooms” was shot on location in Canton, Oh. and Pittsburgh, Pa. and was released Dec. 7, 2012.

Former Hit Parader editor John Shelton Ivany, in JSI Top 21, called "Mess" "a sensational album...tales of a drifting heart on the road."