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Thanks Brother very welcome at Indie 2019

Thursday, 25th July, 2019 10:38am

On the back of an almost entirely sold out Irish tour, Thanks Brother will take a second swing at Cork’s Indiependence festival next month.

The band is comprised of musicians Róisín O, a successful solo artist in her own right, and the multi-talented John Broe, who is the former songwriter and singer for Irish band, Miracle Bell.

Róisín and Broe’s musical partnership goes back as far as 2014 when they began to write material together for an upcoming Róisín O solo album, but as the years went on the artistic chemistry became impossible to ignore and in 2017 the pair set off in their own fresh creative direction.

Since then the grit pop duo have gone from strength to strength and have released a number of well-received singles, the latest being the upbeat belter ‘F*ck My Life (FML)’, co-written by the award-winning Gavin James and produced by Grammy winner Ruadhri Cushnan.

From the moody, Florence of the Machine-esque ‘We Are Different’, to the beat-heavy and jolting ‘We Caught It’, the band’s sound moves in and around the traditional pillars of pop music, only to be set off by a lyrical texture that is tough to define.

Speaking to me from the road as she darts about the country to fulfil promotional responsibilities, Róisín explains the origins of the term ‘grit pop’ and the importance of music videos in today’s industry.

“We sort of made that one up ourselves. I suppose it’s gritty pop, like our song FML has a very upbeat, poppy, summer feel to it, but it’s juxtaposed by its lyrics which are very dark.

“FML is a sort of break up song but when we went to do the video, John came up with the idea of doing something completely different and having a priest in it. People thought it was quite controversial for whatever reason.

“John is a videographer and he directs all our videos and it’s something that we love doing, apart from the music, to get together and create these visuals. It’s part and parcel of being in a band for us.

“Apart from getting your song out to more people, you get to express something else about the song that people might not hear in the lyrics,” explains Róisín.

Being the daughter of beloved folk singer Mary Black and the sister of The Coronas’ Danny O'Reilly, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Róisín O’s new band’s name was a little wink to her family ties, but you’d be mistaken.

“One night we were standing in Vicar Street waiting for The National to come on and over in the distance walking towards us was Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.

“We’re both huge fans so John stuck out his hand and said ‘Man we love the show. You’re our favourite character,’ and Peter shook his hand and said ‘thanks brother,’ and disappeared off into the night. John said ‘That’s it, that’s the name’,” she recalls.

Thanks Brother are currently writing and recording a new EP set for a winter release, with a second Irish tour commencing in November.

Thanks Brother will play Indiependence on Sunday 4 August. All weekend and Friday day tickets have now sold out for the festival however there are still a limited number of day tickets for Saturday and Sunday left.

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