Featuring Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Nick Holton (Locust, Seefeel) and Mark Van Hoen (Holton’s Opulent Oog), London’s Black Hearted Brother are a new band of space rockers who command attention.
(I Don’t Mean To) Wonder loops itself into a fervent frenzy. It’s orgasmically delicious – four and a half minutes of fuzzy, tripped out bliss. Guitars crash like big waves. Lyrics, obscured by vocal delay, promise everything and offer nothing all at once. Bass and drums sit pretty awash a collage of distorted, widescreen psychedelic noise. It’s like a concentrated dose of the finer elements of shoegaze. A hit of something good. When the perfect baritone drawl of the chorus shifts into sharp focus and hooks you in, you’ll swear you’ve heard it before. It’s a measure of the songwriting that its impact is so massive and familiar sounding. It’s so damn good it leaves you craving more.
As anyone who has witnessed the mighty Brown Brogues live will attest to…. they are pretty hard to ignore. The two-piece consisting of Mark Vernon (guitar) and Ben Mather (drums) bury addictive singalongs into raw unadulterated garage fuzz. A huge part of Manchester’s thriving DIY community, it’s beginning to feel like we can no longer contain them.
New album Triflin’ (Stream here) is an evolution of their sound. More defined, more measured in its approach but still exuberant, full of distortion. Lead single Split Disc is a perfect example with a dirty, delirious expanse that’s both comforting and disorienting. Brown Brogues might punch you in the stomach but they’ll do it with a smile.
Brown Brogues have announced the following shows:
5 Bristol Stag and Hounds
10 Newcastle Brew Dog
11 Stockton The Green Room
12 Edinburgh Henrys
17 Liverpool Sound
18 Sheffield The Bowery (Free Show)
19 Birmingham Secret Greasy Location
23 Manchester The Castle Hotel
24 London The Lock Tavern (Free Show)
25 Bath The Royal Oak
26 Plymouth Tiki Bar and Grill
8 Southampton Lennons