Album Review: Brother and Bones – For All We Know EP

By on Friday, 28th September 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Brother and Bones are in that unique position for bands where they haven’t hit the mainstream yet. They aren’t being spammed on Radio 1 like sound-alikes Mumford and Sons and Bon Iver. Instead, they are touring like there’s no tomorrow and building up a strong core fan base, a fan base who when they strike it big, if not when, will be at the forefront of the ‘I told you they’d be huge.’

Their summer consisted of travelling around the UK and parts of Europe shaking festival audiences to their core with their primal brand of folk, rock and roll. I had the luck of bumping into the lads at Beach Break Live and catching two of their sets, firstly on the Main Stage, and secondly in a tent on the other side of the site. Anyone familiar with the band would not have been surprised by the energy and form of their set, but it was new track ‘I See Red’ that made everyone’s ears prick up. That one is going to be huge.

Their new EP, ‘For All We Know’ is being released on the 12th of November and is a quick burst/crash course in what this five-piece are all about: acoustic melodies breaking into barnstorming rock and roll belters. The EP starts with ‘I See Red’. A song which starts somewhat differently to the others, with more of a funky Red Hot Chilli Peppers kind of bass roll, then roars into a instantly remember able chorus where lead singer Richard Thomas screams “oh won’t you let me go / oh won’t you leave me be”. Mr. Thomas is obviously one not be disturbed when he wants some alone time! It’s a song borne of intense frustration and ends with the harsh but poignant words of “it’s all in my head / you give me roses and I see red”.

Next up is the title track for the EP, ‘For All We Know’, a complete polar opposite to its predecessor. A slow burning acoustic ballad, with gently pounding drums crashing in the background, building up to a mass chorus that will have audiences nodding, much like I was when I listened to the track. It’s seems like a sad song, but Thomas’ vocal delivery is devastatingly pure and really brings some depth to what as a whole seemed a rather one dimensional song.

‘Follow Me Down’ is by far the highlight of this small selection of tunes. The band stick to what they are good at and why shouldn’t they? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The slightness of the opening, backed up by the echoing guitars builds the song up to a climax, and in true Brother and Bones-style, they break out into a stomping, belting chorus as the percussion department blows into overdrive. The crescendo is nothing short of epic as the rest of the band takes their hand to backing singing. Whether it’ll work live, who knows, but on record it sounds just phenomenal as the song drifts into noodling guitar solos.

To finish up you have arguable the weakest track on the EP. That’s not to say it’s poor, the quality of this record is superb, but it doesn’t have that stick-in-your-head likeability that ‘I See Red’, ‘Follow Me Down’ or ‘For All We Know’ have. The guitars and music is great as a whole and it has some seriously good breakdowns, supplemented by some super cool bongos. Everyone likes bongos! Unless it’s Cosmo Jarvis

So what’s left to say, another brilliant outing from the boys which will hopefully give them their big break. They deserve it. My advice is, on record they are a force, but this band are best experienced in the live arena. They make a huge noise and are a force to be reckoned with.

8.5/10

Brother and Bones’ next EP, ‘For All We Know’, will be released on the 12th of November.

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