decker. is the pseudonym under which critically acclaimed Sedona, Arizona-based singer/songwriter Brandon Decker has been releasing records since 2009. His latest collection, ‘Into The Red,’ is a career spanning retrospective, primarily comprised of tracks from his six studio records. It also features two newly recorded tracks: the searing anthem, “Matchstick Man,” written in protest of Donald Trump’s presidency, and “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” a psychedelicized reinvention of The Stooges’ classic.
In its totality, ’Into The Red’ offers a bird’s eye view of decker.’s remarkable journey as a fearless songwriter and relentless performer. It further reveals him to be a craftsman of the highest caliber, one who’s carved a bittersweet catalog of heartrending gems out of the unforgiving stone that is a lifetime spent pursuing dreams. His music transports you, grabs you by the collar and takes you on a journey.
For decker., inspiration most often comes from the natural beauty that surrounds him in his adopted hometown of Sedona, Arizona. Thus the LP’s title—‘Into The Red’—serves as a not-so-subtle tip of the cap to his fascination with the area’s distinctive geology. More wryly speaking, it addresses his financial difficulties in attempting to sustain a career in modern day America, which is utterly unforgiving to artists not aligned with its own corporate interests.
“Sedona is this red rock land that looks like Mars. I grew up in the Midwest and I’ve been all over the place, but Sedona is the first place that really felt like home. I don’t think I’ve ever really written a song outside of Sedona. It’s this fertile little embryo for creation,” says decker. “But there’s also the fact that I’ve invested everything I have into the music. Energetically, emotionally, financially, everything has gone back into my art and growing as an artist.”
Magnet has raved that decker.’s music “bursts with emotion at every edge,” while Seattle NPR affiliate KEXP says his brand of “fevered guitar licks, crashing drums, and bluesy storytelling… gives Jack White a run for his money,” and The Phoenix New Times fell for his “fiery passion,” adding that decker. has “a vision unlike any other band these days.” Listeners are quick to pick up on the influence of the desert in the music, with No Depression hailing decker.’s ability to blend “dark mystic lyrics and off-kilter attitude with taut musicianship and psychedelic romanticism.” The San Francisco Bay Guardian dubbed his songs “dusty, moody, lonely, and super atmospheric.”