BROS, comprised of Ewan and Shamus Currie (front man and keyboardist, respectively, for platinum-selling Canadian band The Sheepdogs) have declared their intentions to take you on “a technicolor journey via your eardrums” through the announcement of their shape-shifting new album, Vol. 2, out July 16 via Dine Alone Records – CLICK HERE to pre-order/pre-save.
Reflecting the ambitious and nostalgic intentions of the album, BROS have also released the video for warm and welcoming summer-pop single, “Never Gonna Stop” – CLICK HERE to watch. Inspired by Mark Knopfler’s galloping guitar work, Jeff Lynne’s meandering synth sounds, and Phil Collins’ pop-centered mind, “Never Gonna Stop” is a shape-shifting single, sunshine-drenched and heartfelt enough to make the most cynical of listeners feel comforted.
Hellbent on taking the eclectic flavors of their 2016 debut album Vol. 1 to new heights, Ewan and Shamus gathered anyone who might be able to contribute something that they couldn’t do themselves – some horn players, a tabla player, etc. – and approached Vol. 2with the intention of giving each of the 13 distinct tracks a unique quality of its own. Sheepdogs guitarist Jimmy Bowskill was asked to play instruments he wouldn’t normally pick up, like fiddle and sitar. Even their own father, Neil Currie, an accomplished musician in his own right, was brought in to play some piano on the Henry Mancini-esque instrumental “Clams Casino,” marking the first time they’d ever recorded together.
As a result, Vol. 2 — which was produced with Thomas D’Arcy at his Toronto studio, Taurus Recording — is complex, symphonic, and epic, with a big-stage and seasoned sound. Exhilarating and imaginative, it combines the improbable fusion of pub-rock, honky-tonks after hours vaudeville with the atmosphere of a vintage record collection, a cop-drama theme song, a dive bar jukebox, or an AM radio. “The musical scope is wider and the worldly sonics more exotic,” explains Ewan. “The power pop refrains sink their hooks deeper. The sly musical jokes sell out harder and the hard charging grooves really pack a wallop.”
“Never Gonna Stop” follows BROS’previously released horn-saturated single, “Theme From BROS” – CLICK HERE to listen. The duo paired the release of the vibrant and dramatic track, which features trombone bursts over funky, foot-stomping rhythm, with an action-packed animated video that highlights Ewan and Shamus balancing being badass with creating the change they hope to see in the world by parachuting into danger to fight crime, dropkick aliens, punch dictators, and save kittens from burning trees in under 2 and a half minutes – CLICK HERE to watch.