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Brother O' Brother

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Blues Garage Rock




"Buzzfeed: 12 Hoosier Bands You Must Listen To"

Henry: This list would be incomplete without Brother O’ Brother. Crashing toms and cymbals? Check. Driving, distorted blues guitar? Check. Strong vocals and amazing musicality? Double check. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of garage rock and soul emanating from these guys; make sure you download their newest song here as well, who doesn’t like free music? - Henry Robinson

"Brother O' Brother: Show Pony Album Review"

The blues-rock, power duo has become somewhat of a cliche in the rock n roll scene in the past ten or fifteen years. The combination of chunky, pentatonic guitar, growling vocal and kick heavy drums have become to this generation what hairspray and neo classical shredding was to the 80s. After the White Stripes, it’s easy to say The Black Keys have held the keys of the hipster kingdom within the indie blues rock scene, being indie enough to keep their core fan base happy, but mainstream enough to bask in commercial glory. Understanding that might make one a bit apprehensive when it comes to checking out yet another mid-western duo. However any doubt or preconceptions of the sub-genre that previously may have clouded your judgment, vanish in thin air once you give Brother O’ Brother’s Show Pony it’s first spin on your record table.

From Show Pony‘s opening track The Itch, you will hear all of the indie-garage-blues-rock ingredients that’s found in nearly all records of the sub genre, but the big difference being here is authenticity. While bands like The Black Keys are going through a check list of things they have to employ to stay relevant among their target audience, like ‘must have the skinniest jeans’ or ‘must hate every other indie-blues-rock band’, Brother O’ Brother is focused on what’s important to each song on the set list, and delivering on all accounts.

Even though there is plenty of the proverbial chunky pentatonic guitar riffs, and kick heavy beats throughout the record, it’s met with a handful of other influences such as the free-form poise of Jimi Hendrix to the artistic vulnerability of Beck, maybe even a hint of skate punk, like in the song Blood & Cigarettes. With a palette of scattered influences across the board, paired with standard features, Brother O’ Brother still manage to come as a breath of fresh air. The entire album is straight to the point with no down time whatsoever. Clocking in at just under 35 minutes, there isn’t much room for any filler or padding. In fact, upon my first listen, I was little sad to find that I had already burned through both sides of the record. That’s the sign of a good album when it makes you beg for more. The entire record plays like a set list of an opening act who know they are far greater than the band they are opening for, and prove it by ripping through their catalog at a hungry, make-or-break speed, going for broke.

Aside from being one of the more interesting bands to come out of the midwest, they are also one of the busiest. Within a year’s time Brother O’ Brother, have toured the country, put out two full length records, and EP and are hard at wok at yet another project as you are reading this. This sort of drive showcases the kind of passion that most garage bands seem to lose earlier in their career. With that brand of confidence and urgency, this band is getting ready take on much more than what the middle of The United States has to offer.

On the release front, Show Pony is available on vinyl in limited quantities and multiple color records with screened album sleeve variants, making each and every copy of the album personal and collector ready. I own the orange variant not only is the record fantastic to listen to, but it’s also very cool to display. Even though Show Pony is available to purchase digitally via Bandcamp it’ basically begs to be heard on vinyl. The DIY nature of the album is greatly enhanced by such a classic format of warmth and beauty. Guitars are heavy, but not muddy, vocals (even when distorted) are balanced without being buried in discord mix. Overall Show Pony is one of the finest rock records of 2015 and maybe one the best indie blues rock albums to be released in over a decade, in a genre that loses it’s excitement with every beer commercial. Brother O Brother is a band that I know we will see around for quite a while. - 50 Third & 3rd

"Brother O' Brother preps for TONS of vinyl releases in 2016"

When Chris Banta emailed me earlier this month to say his band was prepping more vinyl releases for 2016 — after dropping one that sold out in 3 minutes in February — I prepared my mind to be blown. As I scanned through the list of releases, including one with glow-in-the-dark dino bones, my mind WAS blown.

Here’s the thing: all vinyl purveyors in town know that it’s tough to get vinyl out these days. RSD and increased purchasing are great for stores, but it means record pressing plants are seriously backed up, and small batch orders from labels can get delayed for months at a time. So it’s quite a coup that Chris Banta and Warner Swopes managed to figure out a way to get out eight wax Brother O’ Brother releases together for 2016 — and it’s a coup for us that these records are so dang beautiful to look at.

“I just started running my own label a couple months ago,” Banta says, of Romanus Records, his own label. Romanus works with Colorado’s Fonoflo Records as sort of a “parent label.” “We have vinyl in 13 countries right now. … It’s just really expanded what we can do and what we can make. … It’s mainly been all of these relationships with other labels [that have allowed us to have the variety of releases].”

The seven upcoming releases are on four different labels, and will drop throughout the year. Why go so wild?

“I want to make what I would want to buy. I know what catches my eye,” Banta says. “It’s like any other business or art: stuff that gets real wild or psychedelic and pushes that boundaries, you’re like, ‘Man, that’s insane. That’s real cool.’ I just want to make what I would want to buy. And I’ve really learned that’s also what sells, helps my band grow, allows us to do more. It’s both part dream stuff, making what I would want to buy and [part] because it helps grow the pie.”

Brother O’ Brother won’t be playing in Indy for RSD — they’ve got a date booked at Appleton, Wisc.’s Mile of Music preview party. But we did get a look at all of these releases, and have a chance to present them in bulk to you. Voila! - Nuvo:


Brother O' Brother - Front Lines EP
Brother O' Brother - Brother O' Brother LP



Brother O' Brother began making music with one major message in mind, love. rother O' Brother is trying to participate in this conversation of life by drenching guitars in fuzz, booming drums, and mountains of smoke and light. Brother O' Brother's live performance has been dubbed the best live performance in all of Indianapolis by multiple press outlets. Mix MC5 with early Black Keys and you've got it. Based out of Indianapolis, B.O.B. has toured heavily, received critical acclaim, cranked out 2 full lengths, a Ep, and put out 12 vinyl releases on 5 independent labels in under 3 years. Brother O' Brother has opened up for Awolnation, Kongos, Flatfoot 56, Diarrhea Planet, and Blue October to name a few. With appearances at Third Man Records twice this year they are catching the attention of larger labels across the US.

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