Brando, formed of brothers Sam and Joe alongside their friend Luke, is an electro-pop trio influenced by the greats but produced future-facing pop music. Their music is a potent mix of atmospheric synths and sharp lyricism. Take a listen to recent single “I Don’t Know” below and get to know the band a little better.
How would you describe your sound?
Luke: Glam, pop, indie rock, electro, dance
Sam: An amalgamation of glam, indie, electro, dance and edgy pop. Or frock n roll!
Joe: A mix between indie, pop and rock with some house influences
When did you decide you wanted to be in a band?
Luke: I always wanted to be a musician and listened mostly to my parents record collection, luckily they had some really great albums. I had always played guitar from a young age and when I met Sam and Joe I knew we had to be in a band together. We shared something very special in the way we perceived music, fashion and life.
Sam: I only ever wanted to be in a band. Nothing else has ever made any sense to me. Even in infant school I remember going on school trips with my Walkman listening to bands like Culture Club or The Cure thinking it’s all I wanted to do.
Joe: Ever since I watched The Smiths’ music video ‘There Is a Light’. I remember watching Morrissey sing on a bicycle and wanting nothing more than to write music and sing on stage.
What records had the biggest impact on your music, were there any you all bonded over?
Luke: A lot of different records have impacted us musically, to name a few albums for me personally:
Michael Jackson – Bad
The Cure – Disintegration
Roxy Music – Avalon
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
Culture Club - Colour by Numbers
Mew - Frengers
All the artists and bands I have mentioned have made so many amazing albums and we all bonded over bands like The Smiths, Joy Division, Echo And The Bunnymen and artists such as David Bowie who pushed all sorts of boundaries in music and fashion.
Sam: To name a few:
Under the Milky Way – The Church
Feels Like Heaven – Fiction Factory
Time – Culture Club
This Charming Man – The Smiths
I would say The Smiths had a massive impact on our music. We would regularly listen to The Smiths whilst driving to some indie club to set the mood.
Under the Milky Way – The Church
Victims – Culture Club
He Hit Me – The Crystals
Lyrically The Smiths were a massive influence on us. No one wrote quite like Morrissey did. It was poetry but poetry that summed up the provincial despair and mundanity of everyday life.
What were your first concerts?
Luke: My first concert was Michael Jackson at Wembley Stadium. Will remain to this day the best concert I have ever seen.
Sam: I remember playing at The Great Escape festival in Brighton. Well that was what we thought we were playing. We were then moved last minute to a pub in the middle of nowhere and played to around 4 people (if counting the bar staff). The only screams we heard were from a lady who didn’t get given gravy with her roast dinner. To go from that to supporting Culture Club at the Apollo is quite something!
Joe: Our first gig was meant to be playing at The Great Escape festival in Brighton. Although our events organiser could have been done under the Trade Descriptions Act. Instead of playing live to a crowd of about two thousand people near the beach, we were moved at the last second to play in a pub that had more staff than actual punters. At one point the barman interrupted our set to announce that the carvery was about to finish. It was a far cry from playing at The Apollo a few years later supporting Culture Club.
If you could curate a festival, who would be on your dream line-up?
And Brando of course!
You’ve been working with Boy George, what’s that like?
Luke: Our working relationship with George is the best we have ever had with anyone outside of the band it's incredible, we love all the same bands, there is never a dull moment.
We have never met someone as like-minded when it comes to music. Working together is an explosion of ideas, controlled chaos and great fun.
He is a Musical Icon, a gifted songwriter and a brilliant performer so we are very blessed to be able to work with him as we have learned so much.
He is a great inspiration as well as being a great friend.
Sam: It’s an incredible privilege. George is a musical icon and a creative genius especially when it comes to song writing. He takes songs to places we would never think of going. To be able to collaborate with someone you grew up listening to is the type of thing you dream about but tends not to happen to three guys from Watford.
I’m proud to be able to call George a friend. He is the genuine article and a true star.
Joe: It’s been brilliant. He’s incredibly talented and has really helped us develop as a band. We’ve learned how to construct songs and as a singer he’s taught me how to protect my voice and think about what it is I’m singing. We’ve had some great writing sessions at his house. I’ve learned that it’s not enough just to hit the right key, I have to really put my emotion into what it is I’m singing about. He also has a wicked sense of humour and I often find myself in hysterics in his company.
Can we expect any live dates from you guys? What’s next for you?
Luke: Yes, there will definitely be shows soon and will be updated on our twitter page.
Joe: Yes, we’re working on finishing the album shortly and then getting some live dates arranged to play the new album.
What’s next for you?
Luke: Writing, Recording and Playing shows. Our life is music and we want things to stay that way!
Sam: We are currently recording for our first album which is very exciting.
Joe: Watch this space