House Of Brothers June dates

houseofbrothersrtvHouse Of Brothers are ANDREW JACKSON,  MATHEW PUGH, LUKE J. MOSS and  PETER BANKS.  The ‘Document 1’ EP shows off House Of Brothers’ ability to intertwine the raw energy of a live gig environment whilst equally employing lush, delicate and subtle over-layers. Having already been described as The National fronted by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and Midlake fronted by Fionn Regan 2009 looks to be a bright and exciting year for House Of Brothers.  ‘Deadman’, the lead track from the debut ‘Deadman’ EP (released Dec 2007 via Big Scary Monsters Records) found its way to number 20 in the UK Student Radio Chart, as well as being credited with Student Radio Association’s ‘Track of the Week’. It was also extremely well received by online blogs, fanzines and staples such as NME and Drowned in Sound. Since then House Of Brothers has transformed into a full-band; a 5-piece ensemble with Jackson still operating as chief songwriter. Invitations to play some of the Summer’s best festivals, including Glastonbury, End Of The Road, Offset and Splendour followed, as well as supports with the likes of Howling Bells, Jack Peñate, Lightspeed Champion, Noah & The Whale, Mark Lanegan, Mumford & Sons, Jeremy Warmsley and Okkervil River. House Of Brothers – the brainchild of Nottingham-based Blackcountry man Andrew Jackson – performing at the fashionable Kro Bar would appear to be a logical event. The white Georgian-esque building prominently overlooks Manchester’s Oxford road and University, its classical styling contrasting the high-rise developments of the modern city, whilst the 22-year-old songwriter breaks from the fads of the day with a traditional, acoustic based oeuvre that infers nostalgia and perhaps a degree of wisdom beyond his years, worthy of his slot in this year’s Glastonbury line up.  In a city of live music venues, the aforementioned Kro is perhaps one of the least ideal in terms of acoustics, however even this fails to mar the small audience’s enjoyment of Jackson‘s personal tracks. Kicking of with the emotive ‘Jennifer’, the band play through a set list that makes the most of the soaring, smooth and at times desperate vocals that interweave with an instrumental soundtrack that would not sound out of place in any decade this side of the 1950s, whilst never straying too far from the security of the thoughtful, if not melancholic, British indie camp. By the time the rolling beats of ‘Twilight Of The Idols’ kick in, it’s clear that the personal nature of both music and performance space ensures that all parties involved are wholly engaged in proceedings. Before the close of play we are first offered the rockiest number, then the quietest and perhaps saddest of all. It’s hard to imagine that ‘There’s More Than Two Sides To Every Story’ has not taken a great deal of influence from the kind of bluesy rock that first united youths half a century ago, building on that sound with a level of grandiose that would make you wish it was louder even through a 100k system.  Closer ‘Oh Please Let Me Sleep’ lives up to its name, with Jackson‘s frail, yet commanding, vocals easing the crowd off into the early hours of Saturday morning with a desolate lullaby that contains as much grace as it does grit. Despite the aforementioned sound problems, the talented youngsters showed musical prowess that would suggest that in this form or under another guise, they should not be going far away for quite some time.

In June 2009 House Of Brothers tour with Jonquil.

Dates as follows:

June 9; Nottingham The Bodega
June 10; York The Basement
June 11; Manchester Kro Bar
June 12; Oxford Academy
June 13; London Borderline
June 14; Brighton Freebutt
June 15; Bristol Louisiana

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