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Music Review: The Brothers Movement – The Brothers Movement

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It’s not fair to keep the good stuff to yourself, right? It would be a bit selfish when a really good album drops onto the Eurorock doormat for me not to tell anyone.

 

So despite the urge to lock myself in and selfishly listen to it, I decided to emerge blinking into the daylight and help spread the word. Well it’s three words actually: The Brothers Movement. See it’s good to share.

Formed in Dublin in 2007, they have quickly built a reputation that has seen them on the same bill as MC5, Jesus And Mary Chain, Doves, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and fellow siblings The Chemical Brothers, among others.

At the time of this, their self-titled debut album, the band featured chief songwriter, the multi-talented Danda, who added vocals, guitars, drums, keys, and bass. However, he has subsequently left for Sweet Jane. Alongside him we have Neil Paxton on vocals and guitar, bass and slide playing Conor Paxton, with the line-up completed by guitarist Scott Glennon .

It’s tempting to rattle on about who they draw their influences from, but this is a band who seem destined to lead rather than follow. They deliver a heady, yet deceptively powerful, swirl of Indie psychedelic rock that arrives amid moments of soaring style and emotive lyrics.

It will be interesting to see how the band develops following Danda’s seemingly sudden departure. Some of those questions have already been answered and rave reviews of their recent European tour seem to ease some doubts. With the entire album being written by Danda, the obvious questions about the second album will have to wait a while to be answered.

Meanwhile, what we do have is as strong a debut as I have heard in a very long while. It kicks off with the head turning single “Blind” which was originally released in November 2008. The word began to really spread early in 2009 when their appearance at South By South West got the pulses pumping.

Latest single “Sister” chimes in with a, by now, trademark show of songwriting strength. These are tracks that are destined to camp inside your headphones, refusing to move on, and destined to pop out at inopportune moments as yet another well written anthemic moment takes hold.

“Someday” eases us down into some darker Verve like pain. “The Salute” opens with swirling keys and an instant attention grabbing hook before pounding forward with a confidence that is very well placed indeed. “Coming Home,” around a relationship lost, lurks around long after it should have floated away on the summer breeze that it reminds me of.

“War And Peace” is not quite as epic as the book but opens out gently, somewhat eerily, yet memorably, and develops into yet another superbly crafted track. “I Am You/You Are Me” introduces a swirling atmosphere that sets the scene for the chiming “Is God Dead.”

 

With the level of quality not even registering the slightest of dips, they bring it to a close with the equally strong pair of “When We Leave” and the atmospheric instrumental “We Shall Lift Our Heads.”

 

Remember it's good to share, so check this band out by visiting their MySpace page and help spread the brotherly word.

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