Dine Alone Records is excited to announce the debut album Vol. 1 from BROS will be released October 14, 2016. BROS is the new project from Ewan and Shamus Currie, front man and keyboardist, respectively, for platinum-selling Canadian band The Sheepdogs. Lead single “Tell Me” premiered via American Songwriter, who describe the song as a “funky, sultry, ’70s-style track” – PRESS HERE to listen. A pre-order for the LP launches today (Digital + Physical) including exclusive BROS bundles featuring a limited run of clear vinyl, a custom pennant, and more.
Although they are indeed brothers, the name BROS was chosen with tongue firmly planted in cheek, a reflection of the 10-song self-titled debut album daringly expanding their sonic range in unexpected and playful ways. And although Ewan has amassed several impressive achievements and awards with The Sheepdogs including a #1 LP on the Canadian Top 200 SoundScan Chart, 4 JUNO wins, Gold and Platinum certifications (for The Sheepdogs + Learn and Burn), it always comes back to the music. BROS isn’t Sheepdogs-style rawk. Instead, the sound, encapsulated in the album’s first single “Tell Me,” combines vintage funk and power pop in the spirit of what Sly & The Family Stone once called a whole new thing.
The origin of BROS goes back to the winter of 2014, just after Ewan and Shamus relocated to Toronto from Saskatoon, and prior to The Sheepdogs recording their most recent album, Future Nostalgia. Finding themselves with some downtime, the pair started working on some experimental demos that drew from influences ranging from Badfinger to Latin music legends such as Gilberto Gil and Os Mutantes. In some respects, BROS actually marks the first time the Curries have worked this closely together making music. Shamus was originally brought into The Sheepdogs as a touring member before attaining full-fledged status prior to the making of Future Nostalgia, and his multi-instrumental skills made an immediate impact.
Says Shamus, “We had a bit of a kitchen sink approach to a bunch of these tunes. We’d just go back and forth layering more ideas on until we created these musical collages. We love the sound of those over-produced records from the late 60’s and 70’s when people like the Beatles and the Beach Boys were going crazy with overdubs. We loaded these songs with as many hooks and homages and pieces of ear candy as possible.”
Once enough material was ready, the scene shifted to Thomas D’Arcy’s Toronto studio, Taurus Recording, where the necessary ingredients were added to the musical gumbo on BROS. The end result is an album that’s simultaneously comforting in its familiarity, and astonishing in its inventiveness. More information will be announced soon including tour dates.