Just Hold Still
The release of Just Hold Still feels very much like a new beginning for singer Kevin McPeak. 'For me the album is about not wanting to change but, at the same time, realizing you have to,' reflects Kevin McPeak. 'A lot of the songs were written during a really challenging time for my family and that influenced my writing a great deal. I think it always will'. Just Hold Still, Brother Sean's debut, is a mix of meaningful pop songs that are built on a lush blend of synthesizers, samples, vintage drum machines and electric/acoustic guitars. Kevin McPeak's voice has been compared to such notables as David Gray and John Mayer. Just Hold Still was recorded and mixed in two small Chicago apartments and mastered by Dan Stout at Colossal Mastering in Chicago, IL. Brothers Kevin and Sean McPeak planted the seeds for Just Hold Still in the summer of 2002 by collaborating with Chicago electronic musician Eric Pietras. 'Kevin and I were at the beginning stages of Brother Sean and we were eager to add some new sounds, hearing Eric's contributions to the songs was really exciting for us.' comments Sean McPeak. 'Recording the album at home was such a huge learning process,' says Kevin McPeak. 'But now that we've done it I can't imagine myself recording in a commercial studio ever again, being free of the 'on the clock feeling' allows you to experiment more and go deeper with each song. I think that's characteristic of Just Hold Still, there are a lot of layers and we wanted that, we wanted an album that people could listen to over and over and discover new things.'