Brother & Bones are five men that write songs with the artistry of folk troubadours, the energy of punks, the swagger of rock stars and the self-belief of stadium headliners. A quintet so versatile that they can switch from soul searching laments to chest beating triumphalism with the flick of a wrist and the blink of a steely eye.
Brother & Bones are not a band that create a barrier between themselves and the audience, for these guys the audience is the show. The band play with passion, determination, poise and with only one goal in mind; to entertain. Musicians end up in the crowd, the crowd storm the stage and before the end of the night they are one pulsing, throbbing mass.
Richard Thomas fronts the band, and is a master of the acoustic guitar with a soul-bearing – almost holy – power to his voice. Combined with the other four Brother & Bones’ members, Thomas’s own stand-alone talent is an inescapable force. Alex Karban’s bass guitar snarls and grinds and adds the fire to the band’s belly. The furious and note-perfect guitar work of James Willard gives the songs venom and power that do battle with the blues-folk roots of Thomas’s songs. Drummer Yiannis Sachinis offers the band’s heartbeat, turning great rock songs into stomping, unrelenting behemoths and Robin Howell plays complex and wide ranging percussion, weaving subtle texture and extra power into the songs.
Brother & Bones are on the way to achieving legendary status and they are doing it the right way. The only decision you have to make is whether you get on board now or wait to be swept along in their wake.