Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Adam from unsigned band Brooders to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
There are three of us in the band; Adam (Vox/Guitar), Adam (Speare) (Bass) and Adam (Liam)(Drums/Vox), we all live in Leeds nowadays but have migrated from the Midlands and London. The band name stemmed from our love for heated accommodation for chickens... that, and the fact that we’re all quite broody people with a lot on our minds all the time. It fell nicely that it’s also the German word for brother (different spelling of course).
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
For myself I’d say the likes of Nirvana, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Punishment Of Luxury and even the more eclectic tastes like Rancid, SLF, Darwin Deez and many more shaped my early styles. From there though I’ve been a huge fan of music in all its weird and wonderful shapes and sizes. Liam is a huge fan of bands like Biffy Clyro, classical musicians like Debussy and some very strange genres. Speare (Adam no.2) has tastes from everywhere, including acts like Death Grips. Nowadays though our taste is even further apart, but we all have our common grounds with certain bands... Radiohead, Slipknot, Rage Against The Machine etc
How would you describe your sound?
Psych Grunge. All the riffy-ness of the 90’s put into a reverb chamber on steroids. Fuzz is the icing on the cake.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single Resurface was inspired by the mindfulness of mindfulness. It’s about being held underwater reaching for air. It’s deep, dark and wonderfully technical for all the musos out there. We do love ourselves a good breakdown.
What’s your local music scene like?
Amazing. So so so many bands on the scene on the upcoming with us just melt us on the daily... Kit Trigg, Bloodhound, Faux Pas, WUZI, The Magic Eye Pictures, Crosa Rosa are our favourites from further afar and close to home on our scene at the moment. But that list could go on and on.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
17 Albums, every festival, financial stability...? But in all seriousness we’re writing, recording and making magic behind the scenes. An album would be a dream but music is an expensive passion. More gigs, more festivals and more mosh pits are usually a good place to start though.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We love working with those around us in our scene. You see all these super-groups built up of folks like Dave Grohl, Jack White, Jimmy Page and all sorts of big hitters; we love that there’s so much untapped talent on ourscene. Obviously, in aspiration, some day, we’d love to work with people such as Butch Vig, Josh Homme and Steve Albini as they all seem like such cool people and the sort of folks that you could learn a lot from... But on our own scene, we’re just happy with the back and forth that happens so frequently. For example, Speare recently filled the shoes of bassy boy for Faux Pas through their transitioning phase. I’ve (Adam no.1) been working on recordings with Bloodhound. Aside from that I’d love to collaborate with the guitar playing abilities of Kit Trigg, the screams bands like Metz and the song-writing genius of bands like God Damn, Yak, Fizzy Blood and a number of others under my belt... How selfish of me.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I think most of our funny stories revolve around mental crowds - Speare often diving off into the crowds (even sometimes at ground level) is always a laugh.
Speare did split his bass in half at Sound City in Liverpool a few years ago too. We actually nearly got kicked out of the festival that year because we were chilling on some super comfy hay bales backstage in the higher tier artist zone where we shouldn’t have been. We then managed to do a tactical evasion through the use of portaloos and ended up all getting sunstroke, BUT, managed to see Pete Doherty, Kagoule and a bunch more. It was a fun day all in all.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We’re lean mean visual machines. Come to our shows, listen to our music, support your scene, stick around for a chat, have a few beers, scatter your marbles. We’re nice guys, don’t be shy.