I’ve caught a number of live performances from three piece Brothers over the past couple of years, and there’s always been something that surprises me and gets me hooked every time. Their aim is to “strive to create music which listeners can connect with, whether it be through the powerful melodic choruses or the emotional lyrics”.
They’ve recently released two tracks at the start of the month in Glasgow, and its only even more recently that I’ve had the time to give them proper listens. My only complaint is that I wasn’t able to do this sooner. Regardless, let’s crack on, shall we?
First up, ‘White Wine’. A lone guitar introduces the song with a neat little riff, before being joined by the rest of the band. After a few seconds, this drops out and Fraser Donaldson’s vocals enter; “White Wine , bottle sitting perfectly still, on the window sill”. As these lyrics are sung, you can hear and feel something building up as the band jumps into life at a new and quick tempo. This carries on and repeats for over a minute, and you can hear the energy of the trio’s playing carrying the music along. Roughly halfway through the 4 minute track, the tempo drops down to something more laid back and restrained – this however lasts for a short few moments, as another blast follows up, and continues to the last beat. Fraser’s vocals and screams are full of emotion and the sound of the whole band’s performance gives the impression that every drop of energy and passion was put into recording – this can also be seen live as the three don’t hold back when performing.
‘ E’Y’T ‘, the second track released, begins with slow drums and a lone guitar riff. This track has a much more atmospheric feel, with ambient feedback and other sounds featuring behind the band. Fraser’s voice is backed only by his guitar at the first chorus, and this minimal instrumentation only builds upon this ambience. the second chorus sees a complete change at its end, however, as Cairns Azbraitis cymbal hits signal a coming change. This change is thick guitar and bass complimented with heavy hitting drums, and vocal screams appearing behind parts of the verse. Eventually this dies down after a period, but like the previous track ‘White Wine’, the sounds builds up again for a brief guitar solo backed by a lovely thick sounding bass sound courtesy of Curtis McConnell, before the track fades to nothing.
Overall, these two tracks definitely meet the aim of Brothers, with a powerful sound and lyrics that will definitely catch on with those who listen and go to see these three live. I know I’ll be catching them again as soon as I can, and I urge you to do so as well.