Nelson-born brother-sister duo Broods (Caleb and Georgia Nott) are the most celebrated young band to emerge out of New Zealand in recent times. Announcing their arrival with glossy synth-pop ballads ‘Bridges’, ‘Never Gonna Change’ and their self-titled debut EP, through a tireless work ethic, commitment to excellence and unshakable senses of self, they’ve established themselves as an in-demand proposition globally. “Touring has made us realise how important it is to not just be yourself, but back yourself,” Georgia says. “If you’re not being true, you’ll never stand out.”
Over an ever-growing itinerary of performances across the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, their sound and live show has become increasingly crucial. To evoke an underrated cliché, Broods have learned how to dance like no one is watching, and sing like no one is listening. “We’ve loosened up a lot,” Caleb says. “We’re in the moment, and we’re focused on making it special every time.” Along the way they’ve shared stages with Ellie Goulding, Haim and CHVRCHES, headlined their own sold-out appearances, and set the internet alight with their third single ‘Mother & Father’. In August this year things went white hot for them with the release of their Joel Little produced debut album Evergreen.
Pristinely polished and perfectly poised, across Evergreen Broods deploy vividly atmospheric textures and heady rhythms in counterpoint to measured pop hooks, all delivered with a stadium-sized sense of melody and harmony. A record of euphoric peaks and intimate valleys, it’s the sound of youth maturing into adulthood. Young people growing up lost in the world, and figuring out what that means while finding themselves along the way. Debuting at #1 on the New Zealand Albums Chart and #5 on the Australian Albums Chart, Evergreen’s release was followed by sold-out shows on both sides of the Tasman, leading into their current US tour in support of breakout English pop star Sam Smith.
With equally impressive Soundcloud, Hype Machine, iTunes and YouTube figures behind them, as well as key tastemaker support from Zane Lowe (of BBC Radio 1), preeminent new music blog Pigeons and Planes, and the recent nomination of ‘Bridges’ for the APRA AMCOS 2014 Silver Scroll Award, Broods are turning their wide-eyed teenage dreams into sustainable realities. “We’re not taking any of this for granted,” Georgia says. “We keep active and work 24/7,” Caleb adds. “This is what we do now. It’s our life.”