Brother O' Brother is a band with some well-deserved buzz. Let us tell you why: after smashing the competition at Birdy's Battle Royale and coming away with top honors, they announced plans for multiple releases in 2015 and then put together a great sounding record called Show Pony. We're excited to bring you the entire B-side to that album today on NUVO.net. The release (recorded at Threshold Studios with Brian Thorburn) drops for real on July 27 on Fonoflo Records. You can hear it live (and probably snag a copy!) at Release Fest II at the Vogue on July 24.
We'll have a big profile of Release Fest running in next week's NUVO. But for now, listen to a big chunk of Show Pony below.
Here's some bits and pieces from Birdy's Battle Royale reviewer Jonathan Sanders on Brother O' Brother's trip through the competition:
This week’s winner, Brother O’ Brother, should be right in the heat of the fight from here out. The two-man blues-rock act built upon shades of White Stripes and Black Keys, bringing the crowd to life via an explosion of pent-up energy, guitars drenched in fuzz and thundering percussion. It was a dominant performance that will definitely raise expectations in the second round.
— After the band's first performance during Week 8 of the Battle.
Tonight’s winner, Brother O’ Brother, dominated the competition, winning by nearly 300 points. This duo has a frontman so confident he ought to just shanghai Jack White and bruise their way onto Third Man’s roster. They are easily the first Indianapolis band since Hero Jr that perfectly scratches the itch required to successfully go national.
— And a return during the semifinals in Week 12
It didn't take much to get me hooked on Brother O' Brother's take on alternative blues, a high-stakes own-the-stage performance that demands you watch and participate, even if it's only trying to keep Chris Banta in frame on your video camera. They've been together for more than a year and will be releasing their second album in July, so they've got plenty of material to draw through and surprises up their sleeves. They won their semifinal battle by a wider margin than any band in the competition, while leaving the impression that there's still so much more depth they can mine.
— A bit more about them in our Final preview on May 11
After nearly an hour spent counting the votes, Brother 'O Brother was named the champion, propelled to that point by another incendiary performance. Chris Banta is a maniac on the guitar, something audiences are all coming to realize. If there was anything else this two-man juggernaut could have done to win over the crowd, I can't fathom it. Their latest album comes out in July and is sure to put them squarely at the center of national discussion.
— They brought it home during Finals on May 19