Brother @ The Bodega, Nottingham, UK – 14 December 2010

Posted by Bianca on Tuesday Dec 14, 2010 Under Indie


“Little fucking posh lads with tattoos” as Liam Gallagher calls them, or as small but ever growing ‘in-the-know’ pockets of the country refer to them – Brother – rocked up at the tiny The Bodega in Nottingham. It was gonna be interesting…


Every now and then a band hits the music scene surrounded by a lot of hype. Brother are one such band. Some of them, like the Twang, make it big (ish) for no reason other than they’re in the right place at the right time. Others, like the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis before them, fully justify this rapid rise to prominence because of their verve, swagger and overall showmanship. Oh yeah – it helps that they can write a tune or two as well. Brother very much fit into the later category.


Having played no more than a handful of gigs, you could be forgiven for thinking Brother are the current ‘record company darlings’, destined to be bigged up massively for their first album, then dropped like a bombshell left to decay playing Freshers Balls at University’s up and down the country for the rest of their musical ‘career’.


For me, nothing could be further from the truth for the Slough four piece. Aided and abetted by the stunning and vocally talented ‘Grace Barrett’ on backing vocals (which band has a talented backing vocalist if they are not going to make it, as well as a roadie and a smoke machine tabut?) it became clear that as frontman Lee Newell and his cohorts ploughed through their 6 song set, t these boys are going to blow up. Plain and simple. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but more ‘when’. For me it’s gonna be sooner rather than later. Hold on to your hats.

After greeting the crowd with a taunt of “Nottingham is it” they kicked off with “Still Here”. With its driving bass line and instantly catchy melody, it was easy to see why comparisons are being drawn between Brother and their ‘pub anthem’ predecessors Kasabian and of course Oasis. With their own brand of ‘Gritpop’ (Gritty Britpop?) the boys entertained the small but partizan crowd with a short, but a really memorable set, combining overtures of Mansun, early Blur and all the best bits of the 90’s Britpop era. Splendid!


Stand out tunes we’re the instantly catchy “Time Machine” with its simple but hypnotic guitar riff and the classic in waiting “Darling Buds of May”, the latter being a belting tune and songmanship which belies their tender years. The band have very quickly attained a really full sound and obviously have a penchant for writing really catchy tunes.

Already my big tip for prominence in 2011, you really should keep your eyes for the finest thing to come out of Slough since Horlicks. They’ve got attitude, they’ve got the tunes and they’ve most certainly got the swagger.


For more information (and a cheeky little listen to a couple of their tunes which incidentally both last 3.21 minutes – obviously from the Ted Rogers school of music) check out their website here. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Set list
Still here
New Year’s Day
False Alarm
Darling Buds of May
Fly by Nights
Time Machine

BROTHER – An introduction… from BROTHER on Vimeo.

Gig review by Zak Edwards
Gig Photography by Bianca Barrett

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