Thanks Brother, the new project from artists Róisín O and John Broe, release their debut EP ‘EP 1.’ on November 15th. Preceded by brand new single ‘Call It Love’, this debut is a strong statement of intent; produced and mixed by Grammy Award winner Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford And Sons, Hozier, Ed Sheeran). The five track EP coincides with a nationwide tour.
Before forming Thanks Brother (a name given to them by Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage), both O and Broe had enjoyed success as artists in their own right (Broe originally writer and performer with Miracle Bell and Róisín O with her own solo career). The duo have separately worked with Gavin James, CC Brez, Paddy Casey, as well as co-writing with The Coronas including the hits ‘Get Loose’, ‘Real Feel’ and ‘Find The Water’. Since their inception the duo has been busy. Their first Irish tour in March boasted five sold-out shows and ended with support slots for The Coronas and singer-songwriter Gavin James, in addition to gigs abroad in France, the UK and the USA.
Coming together in 2017 – initially to write songs for a new Roisin O album – the duo discovered that their individual influences and songcraft combined to create a new sound, one that was characteristic of neither O or Broe. Surprised, but pleased, by this musical alchemy the pair refocused their gaze and, inspired by the epic soundscapes of Kate Bush, Francis and The Lights, Phoenix, and HAIM and with a desire to create a dynamic and confrontational musical statement, started to record as a new entity – Thanks Brother.
The latest song from Thanks Brother is a co-write with award winning songwriter Gavin James and was produced by Grammy Winner Ruadhri Cushnan.
‘F*ck My Life (FML)’ is an uplifting slice of indie-pop with a chant-along chorus juxtaposed against downbeat lyrics.
Their first Irish tour in March boasted five sold out shows and ended with supports for The Coronas and singer-songwriter Gavin James. They also co-wrote The Coronas’ new single ‘Find the Water’ and directed and produced the accompanying video.
‘We Caught It’ is a slice of anthemic pop, describing magic moments of lost inhibitions. Co-produced and mixed by Grammy Award winner Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran) the songs crisp production highlights O’s powerful vocals, evoking shades of Florence and The Machine and HAIM.
The video for the song is shot by the duo on their iPhones when they were crashing a Christmas party in December. Róisín explains, “It was a spur of the moment decision to film it while we were at The Google Christmas Party in the RDS… which we weren’t really supposed to be at… but it all sort of fit in with the imagery of the song: doing shit you’re not supposed to when you’re drunk.”
“We Are Different” is an anthem for the turbulent times in which we live that takes up the mantle of the disenfranchised and marginalized and celebrates being different in any possible way. The pair has created a powerful video with a storyline that follows a man coming to terms with his sexuality.
The first line they wrote was the big heavy-hitting “We are different” line with the drum hits so it became the most natural progression of a song title.
Ireland became the first country in the world to pass legislation for marriage equality by popular vote in 2015, something for which the youth of their country feels huge pride.