"Tales of a drifting heart on the road..."
"A winning formula of catchy phrasing, jangly guitar riffs and great pop hooks" - No Depression
"A rough and tumble garage-y sound...with Lisik's hoarse, heartland-rocking voice soaked deep in an ocean of chunky guitars" - Seattle Post Intelligencer
"4 stars" - Goldmine Magazine
"Grassroots power pop, straddling a territory somewhere between pre-Born To Run Springsteen and The Raspberries" - Rapid River Magazine
"Short and sweet songs, each making its statement and getting out of the way, like in the early days of pop music" - blogcritics.com
"Curtisinterruptedus moves between dark and touching as Lisik's and Norgrove's lyrics probe life's meaner experiences and observe the foibles in human nature (the album) is charged with Lisik's distinctive sound and raspy vocal, harkening to power-pop group, Artful Dodger's, Billy Paliselli" - The Devil Strip
"A sensational album...tales of a drifting heart on the road." - John Shelton Ivany -JSI Top 21/Hit Parader
Brian Lisik: Poetic rock writ ‘smart, bold and assertive’
“Brian Lisik (is) the epitome of coffee house cool…” – FolkAlley.com/WKSU-FM, Kent, Ohio.
"Wilco on steroids.” – Cleveland Scene
For the better part of the past two decades, Akron, Ohio-born Brian Lisik has been generating that sort of reaction from music critics and audiences alike.
We’re Sorry…, the latest release from Lisik and his band, the Unfortunates, is no exception. The Nashville Blues Society said the album “is full of hooks, attitude, killer vocals and musicianship” and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer opined, “Lisik's voice has taken on even more of his habitual heart-on-sleeve honesty…a fully seasoned and mastered vocal instrument.”
An AMA and FMQB Top 200 album spurred by radio singles “Feudal Nights” and “Colorado Avenue” (which reached #17 nationally on the Triple-A streaming music chart in January 2018, with the official music video premiering on former Huffington Post writer Mike Ragogna’s Trafficbeat.com) We’re Sorry… continues to cement that reputation.
Lee Zimmerman, music writer and author of Americana Music: Voices, Visionaries, and Pioneers of an Honest Sound, said “Lisik writes songs that resonate almost immediately -- sharp, smart and full of edgy intensity," and called the band “bold, assertive and flush with full tilt rock ‘n’ roll. The Unfortunates come across like the Thin Lizzy of the 21st century, all grit, edge and bluster.”
Also a national award-winning writer and columnist, Lisik brings a keen sense of storytelling, and a reporter’s direct and unflinching lens, to his brutally poetic songwriting.
The Canton Repository said, “Lisik sings in a pleasingly weathered voice a la Paul Westerberg (and) has a knack for wry and colorful turns of phrase and lyrics that read like short stories.”
No Depression called Lisik’s music a “winning formula of catchy phrasing, jangly guitar riffs, and great pop hooks.”
Absolute Power Pop ranked We're Sorry... #64 on its 2017 year-end Top 100 list and proclaimed “with We're Sorry... Lisik and The Unfortunates have released their most realized collection of tunes. From its title to its shambolic-but-melodic sound, this album may be the Replacements record you've been waiting for since Pleased to Meet Me (or at least Don't Tell a Soul).”
“Jan. 13,” the lead-off single from Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates’ 2015 album, Curtisinterruptedus, was ranked #8 on 91.3 The Summit-FM in Akron’s year-end Top 33 in 2016. The “Jan. 13” music video premiered exclusively on huffingtonpost.com and the album saw radio airplay both stateside and abroad, including stations in England, Scotland and the Netherlands.
The band's 2017 single, a cover of The Jam's "Going Underground" reached #3 on 91.3 The Summit's 2018 year-end local top 33 chart.
Lisik has performed with artists including Tim Easton, Waylon Payne, Wade Bowen, Ass Ponys, Jesse Malin, Chris Knight, Tommy Womack, Nicole Atkins, Patrick Sweany, legendary singer-songwriter and REM producer Don Dixon, and Byrds founder Roger McGuinn.
Lisik toured behind We’re Sorry… throughout 2018, both solo and with the Unfortunates, with stops in Pittsburgh, Knoxville, Nashville, New York City and throughout Ohio, and appearances on Fox 8 TV in Cleveland, WMOT-FM Nashville’s “Roots Radio” show, and WDVX-FM Knoxville’s “Blue Plate Special.”
Lisik’s 2006 album, Happiness Is Boring, was produced by former Guided By Voices member, Todd Tobias; he was a guest singer on the “Ohio's Greatest Hits” concert during the 2015 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; and was invited to speak and perform on the 2017-2018 PenOhio high school writing tournament, with appearances at Malone University, Wittenberg University, Oberlin College, Kent State University, Marietta College, Cuyahoga Community College, Hudson High School, and the College of Wooster.
Upcoming performances across the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast are planned for 2020 and the ever-prolific Lisik is at work on his next record, rumored to be a more stripped down companion piece to the paint-peeling rock of We’re Sorry…