The UK band formerly known as 'Brother' are forced to change their name to the new and exciting name 'Viva Brother'. Well nothing really new or exciting, the first time I heard it all that I could think of was the last Coldplay album. This is coming from a band that have been in headlines all over the UK pissing off people with their over the top cockiness. Band leader Lee Newell is the leader of the pack when he makes comments like this about their self-titled GritPop genre “It was just a bit of a middle finger to people calling us Britpop revivalists,” “Because we are by no means Britop revivalists. Not to say that it wasn’t a good era. But we’re just music revivalists — we’re bringing back good music. And If we were gonna be pushed into a pigeonhole or generalized, then we would rather do it under our terms. And it’s cool, because what other band can say that they’ve got their own genre? Not many!”
Here is the bands official announcement of the name change...
"A long time ago in a galaxy far far away three men decided one day that it would be a good idea to start a band called Brother. Many, many years later four frighteningly handsome devils in the desolate, post apocalyptic wasteland of Slough decided to do the same thing. But something called "litigation" got in the way.... Yes. We've had to change our name..
Anyway with this out of the way we do finally feel free.
Brother is Dead, Long Live VIVA BROTHER!"
The debut album 'Famous First Words' is scheduled to be released via the Geffen Label, and its release date is now August 2nd. The album was produced by Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) at Angelic Studios in Northampton and mixed at Miloco in London. It is probably better for the band to get the name change done ahead of time before the album is actually released. Also for all you detectives out there prior to their debut as Brother the band had gone under the names Kill the Arcade and Wolf Am I. During this time the band wrote, recorded and performed music primarily in the pop-punk emo genre. For a band that claim to be so big and tough and to control their own genre 'Gritpop' it is also pretty funny to see only a few years back they were riding the 'Emo' genre's bandwagon.
The other band named 'Brother' are an Australian "powerhouse Celtic tribal trio" based in the US who combine "the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes and tribal percussion". Here is what they had on their homepage "Over the course of this year, your BROTHER has been faced with the onslaught of the power of a major record label and its promotion of a UK band going by the same name. BROTHER did the only thing they could -- took on the record label. And won."
To avoid a court battle, the band briefly renamed themselves Brother UK, like the Charlatans UK before them, before deciding to adopt Viva Brother instead. So with all the love/hate going on with these guys here comes their debut album 'Famous First Words' as the Band "VIVA BROTHER".
So before we even get to their debut album as Viva Brother here is a list of band names they have went by:
- Kill The Arcade
- Wolf Am I
- Brother UK
- Viva Brother
Famous First Words Tracklisting:1 - new year's day
2 - still here
3 - david
4 - high street low lives
5 - electric daydream
6 - darling buds of may
7 - otherside
8 - fly by nights
9 - false alarm
10 - time machine