Brother & Bones are an English 5-piece who write songs with the honesty of troubadours, the energy of punks, and the swagger of rock stars.
Richard Thomas who fronts the band is a master of the acoustic guitar and piano, with a soul-bearing, almost holy power to his voice. Combined with the other four Brother & Bones members, the power and sincerity with which he sings is an unescapable force. Si Robinson's bass guitar snarls and grinds while delivering axe-wielding precision. The furious yet immensely melodic guitar work of James Willard is a perfect compliment to the blues-folk roots of Thomas's songs. Drummer Yiannis Sachinis offers the band's heartbeat, turning great rock songs into stomping, unrelenting behemoths while Robin Howell Sprent's complex and rhythmical percussion weaves textures and layers into the band's explosive live sets. All highly gifted musicians in their own right, the stage is undoubtedly this band's natural home.
Brother & Bones extensive touring over the last 18 months - from small bars to festival stages - has won them a big following, and nominations for various awards includingBest Live Band at Live Music Awards 2012 and Best Live Band at AIM Awards2013, plus endorsements with Takamine guitars, Gretsch drums, Deusenberg guitars, Daddario strings and Fender.
Brother & Bones have previously toured with Brit Award winner Ben Howard and are currently on a major-city European support tour with The Boxer Rebellion (whom they will also be supporting at The Forum, London on Friday 11th October).
The band's 4 track To Be Alive EP is released on Monday 4th November via their own label - Last Step Records.
The massive 33-date Brother & Bones 'To Be Alive' tour:
Friday 11th October - The Forum, London w/ The Boxer Rebellion
Saturday 12th October - Portland Arms, Cambridge
Sunday 13th October - Brudenell Games Room, Leeds
Monday 14th October - The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Wednesday 16th October - The Temple at The Institute, Birmingham
Friday 18th October - The Louisiana, Bristol
Saturday 19th October - The Haunt, Brighton
Sunday 20th October - The Joiners, Southampton
Monday 21st October - The Cellars, Portsmouth
Wednesday 23rd October - The Winchester, Bournemouth
Thursday 24th October - The Acorn, Penzance
Friday 25th October - The White Rabbit, Plymouth
Saturday 26th October - The King's Arms, Georgeham
Sunday 27th October - The Live Room, Taunton
Tuesday 29th October - Mama Stones, Exeter
Wednesday 30th October - Arts Centre, Bridgwater
Friday 1st November - Moles, Bath
Saturday 2nd November - The Moon Club, Cardiff
Sunday 3rd November - Sin City, Swansea
Saturday 9th November - Boileroom, Guildford
Sunday 10th November - The Bullingdon Arms, Oxford
Monday 11th November - The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Friday 15th November - Mello, Mello, Liverpool
Saturday 16th November - Think Tank @ Hoults Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Monday 18th November - Fruit, Hull
Tuesday 19th November - The Duchess, York
Wednesday 20th November - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
Friday 22nd November - Broadcast, Glasgow
Saturday 23rd November - Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen
Sunday 24th November - 20 Rocks, Dundee
Monday 25th November - The Bodega, Nottingham
Wednesday 27th November - The Musician, Leicester
Thursday28th November - Bucks Students' Union, High Wycombe
Friday 29th November - Open, Norwich
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