Sky's the limit for folk band
MOVE over Mumfords, here come the next big thing in the acoustic folksy blues department.
They're called Brother and Bones, they originated in Cornwall, they have taken the festival circuit by storm this year and are about to hit Plymouth's White Rabbit on Thursday, October 18.
A sure sign that they are being seen as serious contenders came in the form of a recent music industry award nomination which has put them in the category for potential Best Breakthrough Artist alongside the likes of Ben Howard, Emeli Sande and Lianne La Havas.
National press have been quick to heap praise hailing them 'best live act you'll see this year', and branding their output 'absolutely astounding' and 'arena-sized soul'.
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Thursday will be their first-ever date in the city after having had to cancel a gig at Ride earlier this year and it's part of their biggest tour so far, a 22-dater of the UK taking in all their favourite places.
"We love being on the road and we've had fun at a load of festivals this year, especially Cropredy where we were lucky enough to play to 20,000 people," says singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thomas, "but after all the rain and mud we can't wait to get back to playing hot sweaty little venues."
The guys will be launching their latest EP, For All We Know, which features a tumultuous quartet of tracks ranging in temperament from urgent atmospheric picky acoustic guitar and thumping bass to full throttle double drum-led hoedown.
While the music is instantaneous and infectious, the lyrics are enigmatic and open to interpretation.
"Being a songwriter is both a blessing and a curse," says Richard. "It's a 24/7 undertaking and ideas come at all manner of random times.
"I guess my writing is quite introspective, absorbed from all my life experiences…"
The band moniker comes from a line in a poem he composed some time ago – he admits to finding the song-writing process a release.
"It helps you find closure on situations and also you can work out what you feel about stuff you hadn't addressed before."
The band which has been an item for just two years, started with mates Richard and drummer Rob who hail from St Ives, relocating to London, "Where the action is".
As well as building a huge loyal following through hard work and word of mouth their cause has been and augmented by some prestigious support slots, including three solo jaunts around Europe with chart-busting local hero Ben Howard.
"Those guys have been so good to me, inviting me on tour with them having done all the hard work so I could then rock up and play to sell out crowds.
"It's been a great start to building a European profile and we'll be going back as a band in March."
Catch them while you can at the White Rabbit in a fabulous double header that boasts an appearance by top Plymouth band Crazy Arm in acoustic mode ahead of their 31-date European tour starting next month.