It’s safe to say that if you’re looking for some new music, specifically if you’re into alternative/indie rock and pop, you might want to pay attention to what’s coming out of New Zealand. Numerous solo artists, duos, and bands from this area of the world have hit it big with American audiences, such as Lorde, Kimbra, The Naked and Famous, as well as influential classics The Bats and The Clean.
New Zealand’s music culture only continues to flourish. Latest to come across my radar is Broods, a brother-sister electronic pop duo made up of vocalist Georgia Nott and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott.
The siblings began making music together when they were kids and went on to win the “Richmond’s Got Talent” competition in 2010. They were also part of the indie rock band The Peasants that won the 2011 Smokefreerockquest music competition. They didn’t pursue Broods until 2013, when they both dropped out of university to focus on the creation and writing for their new band. Sacrificing their education for a music career, while risky, looks like it is really paying off, and quickly.
Broods’ debut single “Bridges” was released online in October 2013 and was immediately picked up by music blogs and even MTV. It was during an episode of “Catfish” (DO NOT JUDGE) where I first heard the song and made it a point to remember their name to look up later.
I am so glad I did.
So far, Broods has only released their self-titled EP, released in January 2014. I’ve listened to it dozens of times, and it is a really solid 6-track teaser.
Broods’ first full-length album is due out at the end of August.