Pittsburgh City Paper - April 20, 2016

BREWER'S ROW
There Was a Time We Were Kids
(self-released)

As a quasi-family affair - guitarist Mark Hohman is the father of frontman Nicholas Hohman and singer/pianist Leah Hohman-Esser - five-piece Brewer’s Row has familial comfort (and a decade of experience) on its side. That comes through in the technical competence and easy feel of There Was a Time We Were Kids. The songs touch on a surprisingly wide breadth of Americana-flavored rock, from the Tom Petty-esque opener "Jimmy" to the gospelish shuffle of "Own Way Home" to "Do You Believe (in That Now)," which closes the record with some surprising Bowie-style drama. It feels less like a record than a career retrospective: a little too long, with a few out-of-place tracks, but ultimately a solid offering.

by Margaret Welsh