In this week’s Soundbites – our look back at the past week’s news, reviews, features and occasional tabloid nonsense – The Rolling Stones emerge from their slumbers, some top new album releases are reviewed, Muse use Pink Floyd as inspiration for their new tour, and the most popular video of the past seven days is highlighted.
‘Famous First Words’ they called it. In actuality, that debut record signaled the abrupt end of a roller-coaster, headline-heavy twelve months for Viva Brother.
Released in August 2011, the album received nothing short of a mauling from a group of critics who had had their pens sharpened by a past year of massive industry hype and bold pronouncements of glory being loudly declared by the band’s frontman Lee Newell. While most expected the four Slough bandmates to subsequently regroup and recoup in the messy aftermath, they instead confirmed their split on April 1st 2012. It was no April Fools.
In today’s Soundbites - our look back at the past week’s news, features and tabloid gossip – Danny Boyle fights authoritarian regimes with The Beatles and Oasis, no-one told the weather Glastonbury isn’t on this year, Chris Martin has advise for his haters, an exclusive Maccabees interview, and the week’s most popular video is revealed.
Viva Brother have apparently re-launched themselves as a synth-led pop band just a few months after announcing their split.
Slough newcomers Viva Brother have told thisisfakediy.co.uk they believe Muse‘s high production live shows are like ‘polishing a turd’ after the bands’ stage-times clashed at last weekend’s Reading / Leeds festivals.
Hotly-tipped Brother have apparently been forced to change their name after an Australian band based in America also called Brother threatened legal action.
After a short-lived change to Brother UK internationally, something also forced upon The Charlatans, the band’s frontman Lee Newell has now announced a full change to Viva Brother.
“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,” Newell explains. “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. However with this out of the way we do finally feel free. Brother is dead. Long Live VIVA BROTHER!”
Following months of pretty intense industry hype on the back of singles such as ‘New Year’s Day‘ and ‘Darling Buds Of May‘, Viva Brother will release their debut album, ‘Famous First Words‘, on August 1st.
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