I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you’re looking for some new music to listen to, specifically if you’re into alternative and indie rock and pop, you might want to pay attention to what’s coming out of New Zealand. In just the last couple of years I have heard quite a number of fantastic solo artists, duos, and bands that all have their New Zealand roots in common. Vocalists like Kimbra, Lorde, Ladyhawke, and Hera; bands like The Naked and Famous and influential classics like The Bats and The Clean.
New Zealand’s music culture only continues to flourish, and now we can add Broods to the list of awesome music to come out of NZ.
Broods is a brother-sister electronic pop duo consisting of vocalist Georgia Nott and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott. They began making music together when they were children and went on to win the Richmond’s Got Talent talent competition in 2010, were part of the indie rock band The Peasants that won the 2011 Smokefreerockquest music competition, and didn’t pursue Broods until early 2013 when both Nott siblings dropped out of university to focus on their new band — and sacrificing their education for creating music has begun to really pay off for them now.
Broods’ debut single “Bridges” was released online in October 2013. It was immediately picked up by influential music blogs and even MTV, which is actually where I first heard them.
“Bridges” played during an episode of the MTV show Catfish (do not judge, I will debate you into a coma asserting that it is one of the greatest strokes of comedic genius on television). MTV places a small banner at the bottom of the screen during their shows to let you know what artist and song is playing at any moment music is added to their programming (well, during the two shows that I watch anyway, so I’m going to assume they do it for all of their shows). I really liked the song and made it a point to remember the artist’s name so I could look them up.
So far, Broods has only released their self-titled EP, which was released at the end of January of this year. I have listened to it dozens of times now and it’s a really solid 6-track teaser. Their first full-length album is due out this August and I am already so excited for it.