INTERVIEW: The Brothers Union

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Mike: We’ve been well! Trying to get by working at our day jobs and keeping focused on the music.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Bluebird”?

Mike: Well, it basically came together within a day or a moment in time even. I sat down after a Sunday breakfast in my apartment in Matawan, NJ with my girlfriend and the riff came together almost in a trance.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Mike: I guess it was just that appreciation of a lazy Sunday with the person you love.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Mike: We are going to attempt to do a DIY video to capture the rawness of the song. Maybe even shot in my apartment!

The single comes off your new albumSilhouettes – what’s the story behind the title?

Mike: The album art is a wedding photo of my grandparents in the late 1950’s and I actually have it framed at home. My brother Sean and I have always liked it and figured we’d make it the artwork to go along with the true love vibe going on in “Bluebird.” It looks like their silhouettes in some sort of heaven.

How was the recording and writing process?

Mike: Well our usual writing process for when we do the full band vibe is we have a riff, bass line, or drum beat and we just play. Once a structure starts to form we hone in on it and organize it. Myself or Sean will write lyrics depending on how it makes us feel. However, for the two songs on Silhouettes were just a couple of songs myself and Sean just had and thought were good enough to knock out in one afternoon.

How does your family bond gets to influence your music?

Mike: I think it allows us to be very open and judgement free. Speaking up is easy. The other pair of brothers (Jon and Alec) we’ve known for a long time as well, so there’s really no drama. No one really gets offended by much and it’s definitely brotherly at times, if you know what I mean.

What role does Ashbury Park play in your music? 

Mike: Well, it’s definitely a competitive music scene. There is so much talent in Asbury Park. Everywhere you look there is a band or artist that’s good enough to be on the radio. I guess being an Asbury band keeps us humble because the town is loaded with amazing musicians.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

Mike: I guess love in its purest form. The easy things we all appreciate. Just spending time with one another because this life is very short.

Any plans to hit the road?

Mike: Yes! Hopefully we can figure that out after our next full band EP. In the meantime, we are going to be playing in cities close by and our home state. We would love to really hit the road someday!

What else is happening next in The Brother’s Union’s world?

Mike: We are working out closing the writing process to our next full band EP. We have about 4-5 songs that we are stoked about. They just need a little bit more attention and fine detailing before we lock in those studio dates! Expect some explosiveness mixed with delicacy.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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