Following in the footsteps of Haim and Disclosure, New Zealand duo Broods, aka lead vocalist Georgia Nott and her multi-instrumentalist brother Caleb, are the latest musical siblings set to make a dent on the charts thanks to their engaging blend of gloomy synth-pop and highly relatable reflections on that tricky transition from youth to adulthood.
Hailing from the city of Nelson, Broods grew up on the music of ABBA, Neil Diamond and most significantly, The Corrs, the Celtic pop quartet who gave the pair the idea of forming a family band. After winning a local talent show with a performance of KT Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” Georgia and Caleb hooked up with two of their cousins to form short-lived indie-band The Peasants, where they first caught the attention of Joel Little, the Goodnight Nurse frontman who would later guide teenage prodigy Lorde to globe-conquering, Grammy-winning stardom.
Inspired by the likes of Lykke Li, Oh Land and Bat For Lashes, the duo then swapped guitars for synths and after brief stints at university, teaming up with Little in the studio to work on material under the guise of Broods, a moniker which not only signposts their family connection but perfectly encapsulates their moody, introspective sound.
Scoring a Top 10 hit in their homeland with the melancholic electro balladry of “Bridges,” the pair soon became tipped to become New Zealand’s next big pop export. Following the release of their self-titled debut E.P. back in January, they toured with Haim and Ellie Goulding, became a regular soundtrack fixture on MTV’s Catfish, and signed with Polydor in Europe and Capitol Records in the U.S.
Described by Caleb as a “giant sad lion,” Broods’ first full-length studio effort, Evergreen, will drop later this fall; and judging by recent singles “Never Gonna Change,” a bittersweet break-up anthem whose fractured beats and spacious synths serves up a similarly cool vibe as Lorde’s “Royals,” and “Mother and Father,” a soaring slice of alt-pop which addresses the hardships of leaving home, the burgeoning Kiwi music scene appears on the verge of spawning another global sensation.
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