Interview: Richard Thomas of Brother and Bones

By on Thursday, 22nd December 2011 at 1:00 pm

I had the pleasure of witnessing Brother and Bones live in an underground setting at the Great Escape festival in Brighton. (Read my review here.) I stumbled upon the Cornwall-based five-piece completely by accident. What a glorious accident it was. Little did I know I would be witness to one of the most exciting, vibrant and engaging performances I had ever seen. Since then I’ve been obsessed, but it’s difficult to be obsessed with a band when there are less than 10 videos of their songs online. So when frontman of Brother and Bones Richard Thomas supported Ben Howard on his UK tour at Lincoln Tokyo, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to meet the man.

The Brother and Bones frontman was in a good mood from the start: “We’ve been quite overwhelmed by the response of people in places we’ve never been to. I mean I’ve never been to Margate, but a ton of people turned up! Enough people turned up to sing the songs so that was great! Since then I’ve gone onto this tour with Ben Howard, which was been amazing and a bit of a different experience; I mean we’re going round Europe and I’m not playing with the band, I’m on my own on stage.”

You wouldn’t notice that he was a novice playing alone though: his banter onstage is cool, calm and collected and with an entire room of people staring at him thinking, “who is this guy? We came for Ben Howard!”, he manages to evoke a huge reaction from the crowd with his set. The songs are delivered with passion, huge amounts of it; from a vantage point in the audience; you can tell that Richard believes in these songs. At the end of his short set, it seems his solo stint could pay dividends for the band, in the fact that Brother and Bones’s album, which was on sale downstairs, sold out after the gig. Now with the tour over, I asked Richard what Brother and Bones’ plans are for the next year.

“We released a single last month, and we’ve been touring around that, but the plan is to start getting the skeleton of an album together. Demos have been started and me and the band have spoken to some producers, so it’s a bit of an ongoing process.”

So the future definitely looks busy for the band. It’s obvious though from Richard’s sheer love of this music that big things are ahead for him and his band. The tunes are phenomenal and feel like they are more suited to stadium settings then basements, their live show is powerful and can captivate anyone, all that’s needed now is a bit of luck, or maybe them getting featured on Radio1. Whatever the future holds, this band is worth a listen to. Ignore them if you dare.

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