Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
This event is All Ages.
Tickets on sale Fri. 4/22 at noon!
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Mutli-award winning brother-sister duo Broods (Caleb and Georgia Nott) are one of the most celebrated young bands to emerge out of New Zealand in recent times. Announcing their arrival with glossy synth-pop ballads ‘Bridges’, ‘Never Gonna Change’ and their self-titled debut EP, through a tireless work ethic, commitment to excellence and unshakable senses of self, they’ve established themselves as an in-demand proposition globally. “Touring has made us realise how important it is to not just be yourself, but back yourself,” Georgia says. “If you’re not being true, you’ll never stand out.”
Over an ever-growing itinerary of performances across the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, their sound and live show has become increasingly crucial. To evoke an underrated cliché, Broods have learned how to dance like no one is watching, and sing like no one is listening. “We’ve loosened up a lot,” Caleb says. “We’re in the moment, and we’re focused on making it special every time.” Along the way they’ve sold-out headline tours, and played major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Groovin the Moo and Clockenflap to name a few. They’ve shared stages with Ellie Goulding, Haim, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, and supported breakout English pop star Sam Smith on his sold-out US tour. In August 2014, things went white hot for them with the release of their Joel Little produced debut album Evergreen, debuting at #1 on the New Zealand Albums Chart, #5 on the Australian Albums Chart and top 50 in the US. Pristinely polished and perfectly poised, across Evergreen Broods deploy vividly atmospheric textures and heady rhythms in counterpoint to measured pop hooks, all delivered with a stadium-sized sense of melody and harmony. A record of euphoric peaks and intimate valleys, it’s the sound of youth maturing into adulthood. Young people growing up lost in the world, and figuring out what that means while finding themselves along the way. With equally impressive Soundcloud, Hype Machine, iTunes and YouTube figures behind them, as well as key tastemaker support from Zane Lowe (of BBC Radio 1), and preeminent new music blog Pigeons and Planes, Broods are turning their wide-eyed teenage dreams into sustainable realities.
Topping off their busy two years so far has been the nomination of ‘Bridges’ for the APRA AMCOS 2014 Silver Scroll Award, and winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. That particular win was to foretell their success at the 2015 awards, where they took out four accolades; including Best Group, Best Pop Album, Highest Radio Airplay for ‘Mother & Father’ and the coveted Album of the Year award. “We’re not taking any of this for granted,” Georgia says. “We keep active and work 24/7,” Caleb adds. “This is what we do now. It’s our life.”
Over three days in the fall of 2014, Australian singer-songwriter Jarryd James and songwriter-producer Joel Little (Lorde, Broods) holed up in a Airbnb in Los Angeles with some portable recording equipment, a computer, and a $30 ukulele they found in the house and created the song “Do You Remember.” “I was trying to capture the feeling of nostalgia in a song, both lyrically and melodically, and just how powerful that emotion is,” James says. “I was in an unfamiliar place all by myself and I guess I was feeling a bit fragile. But when you sit down and think back to a certain time, there’s a lot of beauty in that reminiscing.” Wanting to share the song with people, James put “Do You Remember” up on Soundcloud in January 2015, not expecting anything of it.
But with its “silky falsetto vocals, pounding drums, and plucked guitars” (as NME described it), “Do You Remember” quickly struck a chord with listeners and catapulted the then-unsigned artist into viral fame. By February, James was touring with Aussie superstars Angus & Julia Stone and the following month had landed a deal with Interscope Records in the U.S. Upon its official release, “Do You Remember” debuted at No. 2 on Singles chart in Australia, as well as No. 1 on Hype Machine and the Australian iTunes charts, and was the No. 1 most Shazamed song in Australia. James, a humble, soft-spoken native of Brisbane, who had spent several years in a band, followed by six years working with troubled kids before returning to making music, found himself being supported by critics, industry tastemakers like Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe, and artist peers like Ed Sheeran, who told Rolling Stone that he had heard “Do You Remember” on Australian radio and “had to find out who the singer was. I just love his sound.“ When James released his follow-up single, “Give Me Something” (also co-written with Little), Nylon magazine called him “a member of R&B’s new wave, an artist who is helping to redefine the genre.”
Now James is gearing up to release his debut album Thirty-One — 12 minimalist-sounding gems that showcase his ability to live in the sweet spot where unforgettable melodies, soulful vocals, and bittersweet lyrics intersect. Working with his collaborators Joel Little, Pip Norman (Troye Sivan), and Malay Ho (Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, Tori Kelly), James delivers an immersively emotional experience fueled by the album’s sparse sonics and his aching falsetto, not to mention his knack for writing lyrics that shoot straight for the gut.
However ask James what his songs are about and he’ll tell you that rather than focus on what inspires them, his priority is the emotions they conjure up. “I never go into a session thinking, ‘I’m going to write about this or that,’” he says. “I need the music to tell me what to do. I let it soak into me, then the words come. I just switch my brain off, otherwise I end up overthinking things. I’ve never liked literal thoughts in songs. I always go for the metaphor or something ambiguous that will convey a feeling. The music I love the most, I don’t even know what it’s about, but I know how it makes me feel inside and that’s literally all I’m ever trying to do.”
One of James’ earliest and most powerful musical memories is hearing and connecting with Bob Dylan’s protest song “Hurricane.” “The story he tells is incredible and the fact that it was real … that stayed with me,” he says. James grew up in a small town called Dalby, three hours west of Brisbane where he lived with his mother, sister, and ailing grandmother. James’ parents split while his mother was pregnant with him and James’ father died when James was an infant. “My mom was very protective of me and my sister,” he recalls. “My whole childhood was very sheltered.” Music drew James out. He played trumpet throughout his school years before teaching himself to play piano and guitar. Eventually, he discovered artists like Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder and spent hours in his room absorbing their stories, melodies, and vocal techniques. “I listened to Stevie Wonder and would try to nail his runs and trills because what he did was incredible.”
At 20, James got up the nerve to sing for his friends and began writing his own songs a few years later. “At that point, it was mostly about creating beautiful melodies,” he says. “I didn’t think I had anything to write about.” He eventually formed a band with a few talented friends. Calling themselves Holland, the band were signed to a major label and toured Australia before calling it quits after six years. Feeling a bit lost after the break-up, James took a full-time government job looking after young people with extreme needs. “They were kids who didn’t fit into the foster care system so they were either homeless or in lockup in juvenile detention,” James explains. He loved the work, but also realized that something was missing from his life. “I got pretty depressed,” he admits. “I was just sad all the time. I knew I had to start making music again.”
He called a friend with a recording studio in the Gold Coast and asked if he could pay him a visit. The first song to come pouring out was “High,” an epic, orchestral-sounding song that now closes out Thirty-One. In short order, James found a publisher (Sony/ATV) and attended a songwriting workshop in Sydney where he connected with Pip Norman, with whom he wrote Thirty-One’s “Sell It To Me,” “Undone,” and his third Australian single “Sure Love.” With Norman accompanying him, James performed at the APRA Awards in Australia where he caught the attention of Joel Little and music manager, Ashley Page, who offered to represent him and immediately put James on tour with his clients Broods. He also wrote “Do You Remember” with Little and the rest was history. “Do You Remember” has racked up more than 27 million plays on Spotify and is the perfect introduction to Thirty-One, a title inspired not only by James’ age, but by his realization that his father died at 31. “It hit me last year when I became aware that I was making an album,” he says. “I was like, ‘Holy shit, if I make it through this year, I’ve outlived my father and on the same year that I put out this album, which is so special to me.’ I feel like I’m kind of continuing on with what he couldn’t finish doing.”