Signed to the cult independent UK label, Regal, Brothers In Sound is a Bournemouth-based trio, formed in 1998, comprising Paul Hanford, Ed Dowie and Andy Guttridge. Their music is an unusual, psychedelic blend of dance music, punk and indie pop sensibilities, similar to the sound of their labelmates the Beta Band, although the trio reject the comparison. Their musical style has been described by the UK dance magazine Jockey Slut as ‘psyechdelicdubdisco’. While still in their teens, they released their first EP, Just Like A Day in November 1998, to a highly positive response from UK critics. Encouraged by the reaction, they quit college, bought new studio equipment and set about recording demos that would become their second EP, Barelyafterawake, released in August 1999. The major music publications including NME and Melody Maker were again impressed and some of the band’s first live appearances included the major UK festivals at Reading and Leeds. Another EP, The High And Low Show, garnered more acclaim. Their debut album, Family Is For Sharing, juxtaposed sounds from the 60s such as close vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar and primitive studio trickery with more contemporary hip-hop beats, loops, sampling and other electronics. The album was praised by many critics who drew wide-ranging comparisons with Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, the Chemical Brothers, Badly Drawn Boy, Blur, Andrew Weatherall and Revolver -era Beatles.
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