Gig Review: BROODS Album Release Show At The El Rey Theatre

Photo: Joyce Jude Lee

Photo: Joyce Jude Lee

The Haim sisters, the Disclosure brothers, and now the Broods siblings–families are taking over the indie world by storm. Fresh off touring with Sam Smith and playing Austin City Limits, Georgia and Caleb Nott of Broods played a sold out, one off show last night to celebrate the release of their debut album, “Evergreen.”

After fellow New Zealanders Strange Babes warmed up the crowd, Caleb and Georgia strutted onto the stage with confidence and talent way beyond their years. Opening with “Never Gonna Change,” a track off their self-titled EP, Georgia warmed up the receptive crowd immediately. Claps and cheers abound as the siblings moved onto other tracks, including “Evergreen,” “Killing Me,” and “Everytime,” all solid synth-pop tracks off their stellar debut effort. As Georgia sang the first line of “Bridges,” the crowd threw up their hands and sang along to every word to the track that introduced the world to the Kiwi duo late last year.

Photo: Joyce Jude Lee

Photo: Joyce Jude Lee

Gliding across the stage with bops and finger guns, Georgia immersed herself into her performance, expressing her gratitude for the support and the crowd fed the energy right back to her. A particularly impressive moment of the hour-long show came when the entire audience held up Broods’ cover-art inspired wolf masks and the duo snapped a picture of the crowd.

Photo: Joyce Jude Lee

Photo: Joyce Jude Lee

After the mid-set photo-op, Georgia championed through some ballads, including “Four Walls,” which is arguably one of the best tracks off their record. In these quiet moments are where her vocal talent truly shines–her ability to sing softly and emotionally and the notes she can hold as the end of tracks are especially impressive. As the crowd grooved to the set, Caleb and Georgia had the biggest grins on their faces, almost as if they were surprised about the crowd’s reaction. With joy filling up every corner of the theatre, Broods closed the set with “L.A.F” and my personal favorite, “Mother & Father.”

Though the Kiwi darlings have only been around for a year, what’s so refreshing about Broods’ sound is that it captures both elements of seductiveness and naivete that is purely indie pop fun. At this rate and with their talent, the sky’s the limit for the Nott siblings.

Evergreen” is out in the US under Capitol Records. 

 Originally posted here

-J

 

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