Interview: Brother

By on Thursday, 5th May 2011 at 2:00 pm

As of late, Brother have been recognised for soaring up the musical ladder directly into the big-time. With an arsenal of gigs lined up ahead of them, front man Lee Newell found the time to chat to TGTF. Having recently supported the Streets at London’s prestigious Brixton Academy, Lee thinks back to the reactions of the first ever Brother gig: “The first Brother show was a blur, we drank far too much and so we played awfully. We made a pact the next day to not get smashed before we play anymore. We leave the caning until after now. Well, we try at least.”

With several festivals welcoming the band this year, such as Rockness, Hop Farm, and Japan’s Summer Sonic, Brother will be sharing stages with some of the most prominent bands in today’s musical world. However, this feat is evidently well-deserved, as Lee comments, “I’ve always believed that we’d do it. It’s not rocket science. All you have to do is write some brilliant songs and you will be treated like a good band. I feel lucky of course I do, but it’s all relative. Like, if I look at my life now compared to a year ago I feel like I’ve been granted every wish I could have ever hoped for – getting signed, TV, magazines, radio etc. On the other hand, looking forward to the next year, we want a number 1 album, and we want to sell out big venues (among other things). You have to work your bollocks off to do that. Every day is a new challenge. We won’t stop until we get there.”

It isn’t news to any contemporary music fan that Brother have received large criticism as being a Britpop revival band, or an Oasis-duplicate. However, Lee firmly states that the band’s defined genre, ‘gritpop,’ is a domestic creation. “Gritpop was something we came up with ourselves. It was an answer to all the critics and journos hailing us a Britpop revivalist band. We most certainly are not revivalists of anything at all. We figured that if we were going to be pigeon-holed into a genre, then we may as well do it by our rules. Gritpop it is.” Despite the slanders of bring no more than ‘Liam Gallagher wannabes,’ Brother have stood strong and have reacted imperviously against these allegations. “Oasis have not been massive influences by any stretch of the imagination. They’ve written some of the best songs of the last 20 years, but sonically we are very dissimilar. I think the thing we have in common with them the most is the fact that I occasionally wear circular glasses.”

In a short space of time, the band’s name has erupted into the British music scene. But through all the adventures Brother have had so far, we asked whether there has been a particular moment which stood out for the worse. “I’ve not even had the chance to really sit down and think about what has happened really. We speak our mind, and that is a big part of our band. So of course you get the backlash. That can hurt occasionally. Other than that it’s a fucking roller coaster. The point of this band was to a) give us a vehicle to get out of Slough and b) get guitar music back on the radio. We’ve done both already, but now we have to make it a permanent fixture. There will be plenty of ups and comedowns but we’re ready for it.”


Brother release their next single, ‘Still Here’, on the 8th of May on Geffen Records. The band will be touring in May as well.

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