This Brother & Bones article was written by Evie Myers, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
It’s becoming a sad state of affairs in the music world that a lot of new artists are lacking that something special to make themselves noticed, the “wow” factor if you will. This is not the case for London quintet Brother & Bones, who with their eponymous debut album, lay down the foundations for something quite remarkable. Their sublime blend of harmonious acoustic delicacies and ridiculously addictive indie classics leave you pleasantly intrigued from start to finish.
The seemingly close knit rock band have a plethora of talent under their belt, with singer Richard Thomas effortlessly delivering beautiful vocals alongside acoustic and electric guitar. You get the feeling that Brother & Bones are nestled in the happy medium between rock and indie, which adds an arrow of versatility to their quiver. It also allows you to be excited and genuinely surprised at what lies ahead in each song.
Brother & Bones smashes open with ‘Kerosene,’ teasing the listener with simple tambourine clinks and slowly developing with every guitar strum. This gives us the opportunity to enjoy each component in its full glory. When the chorus hits, and the incredible package of riffs, bass and drums collide, it is guaranteed to get you moving. Thomas immediately stuns with his vocals and acoustic guitar skills. ‘Kerosene’ certainly is an exciting album opener and leaves you begging for more.
Their refreshing intertwining of acoustic and electric guitar is something to be remarked upon, giving this band more of an indie feel in ‘To Be Alive.‘ The unexpected yet interesting twist on ‘Omaha’ is the addition of bongos giving a quaint indie vibe to the song. This preconception is smashed to pieces when they lay a deliciously heavy riff, placing them firmly under the rock umbrella.
‘For All We Know’ marks the beginning of a succession of stripped back, predominantly acoustic pieces which allow us to appreciate Thomas’s vocals even more, which is something we cannot complain about. What was an already fantastic voice becomes breathtaking when accompanied with an acoustic guitar. This is repeated in ‘Save Your Prayers’ and album closer ‘If I Belong.’
‘Crawling’ and ‘Everything to Lose’ ease us gently back into the rock end of the spectrum, and at this point in the album if your toe isn’t tapping, something is seriously wrong. Guitarist James Willard should be commended for his continued and brilliant efforts throughout this album, because his ability to create great riffs in all the right places is flawless. And while we’re on the subject of praise, Yiannis Sachinis and Robin Howell Sprent deserve a special mention for their great ability to build upon their songs with interesting percussion styles.
Brother & Bones pull off both indie and rock seamlessly with their debut album. Whether it is dropping a heavy riff in an acoustic piece or layering a track with a multitude of percussive styles, this band know how to deliver the unexpected.
Brother & Bones is out now via Last Step Records.