Raised in a musical family (their grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams and their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska), siblings Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted a thrilling debut. The Belle Brigade’s music is artfully arranged, with enticing melodies and pop harmonies, fueled by the interplay of driving rhythms between Barbara's drums and Ethan's guitars. Both are gifted songwriters – finding inspiration in the works of Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Sly Stone, Harry Nilsson and countless others.
When they find time away from the band, both are active players and writers for other projects - Ethan has recorded as a vocalist and multi instrumentalist for many Los Angeles based artists and Barbara is a sought-after drummer who has played with Fiona Apple, Jenny Lewis, Benji Hughes and many others.
The Belle Brigade has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Conan” and their compelling live performances have led to tours with such artists as Dawes, Blitzen Trapper and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They contributed songs to the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack and their cover of Bob Dylan's "No Time To Think," which appeared on the Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, was voted in the top 10 songs of 2012 by Time. Earlier this year, they also toured as the opening act and part of the backup band for Ray LaMontagne's North American tour