“To improvise is to fight against stupidity.”

— Jean-Francois Pauvros

Ernie Brooks is a real punk pioneer. You may recognize his bass playing from the Modern Lovers, one of the great proto-punk albums of all-time released in 1976. This is just one highlight in Ernie’s career… he has performed with some of the real music legends — Jerry Harrison, New York Dolls… even Allen Ginsberg. He has also performed or recorded with John Sherman, Ed Tomney, Randy Gunn, Jesse Chamberlain and English guitar legend Chris Spedding.

Arthur Russell and Elliott Murphy nurtured Ernie’s songwriting skills (separately) and their influence remains intact today, after a dozen records and countless tours. Apparantly, his limits are boundaryless — recording and performing with David Johansen, Peter Gordon’s “Love of Life Orchestra” and minimalist composer Rhys Chatham’s ensemble, which later expanded to a 100 guitar orchestra.

Ernie regrouped with Jerry Harrison in the eighties for his Casual Gods albums, touring with Chris Spedding, Bernie Worrell and Joyce Bowden. He then moved to France where he worked with Elliott Rhys, Tony Truant and free-jazz grunge guitarist Jean Francoid Pauvros.

He currently lives in New York and often performs with Gods and Monsters and various formations with trombone wizard Peter Zummo. Ernie plans to release his album with Moon Caravan in 2003.

MEMBERS:
Ernie Brooks – bass, vocals

INFLUENCES:
Moby Grape
Country Joe and the Fish
Phil Ochs
Peter Paul & Mary
The Seeds
Rolling Stones
Bob Dylan
W. B. Yeats
Dylan Thomas
Robery Creeley
Robert Lowell