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August 22, 2013

'A remarkable ride'

The Brew says goodbye with Amesbury concert this weekend

As far as breakups go, this one is as amicable as it gets.

After 11 years, Amesbury-based independent rock band The Brew is signing off. But there is no juicy story behind the split; the four members simply agree that it’s time to move on.

“We feel like we’ve given The Brew everything we can,” keyboardist Chris Plante said. “It’s completely mutual. It’s been a remarkable ride as far as we’re concerned.”

“Ending the band at the height of our musicality and our skills is the way I want it to be,” guitarist Dave Drouin said. “We really did achieve everything we set out to do.”

That includes several live and studio albums, more than 1,000 shows nationwide, and a few reinventions. Along the way, the band has built up a loyal fan base that is sad to see it all come to an end.

“The only reason we lasted this long is because” of the fans, who have stuck with the group as it reinvented itself “about every 16 months,” said Drouin, 28.

“We went from being like a totally quirky jam band into more of a Beatles-style pop-rock band to a local, vocally driven band,” he said. “We’re addicted to the renaissance.”

“It’s gotten more sophisticated and based around meaningful songwriting,” said Plante, 30.

The band isn’t planning to go quietly: It will play a huge farewell show this Saturday night at Amesbury Sports Park.

Concertgoers can expect to hear songs that span the entire career of the band, which also includes bassist Joe Plante, Chris’ brother, and drummer Aaron Zaroulis, who replaced original drummer Kelly Kane last year.

The three sets will encompass “a huge selection from the over 81 original songs we’ve recorded,” Chris Plante said. “A lot of the songs we choose will be songs we haven’t played in over five years.”

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