We had a chat with BROS, made up of brothers Ewan and Shamus Currie of the platinum-selling Canadian band The Sheepdogs. They recently released their sophomore record Vol. 2 out via Dine Alone Records, full of songs that deliciously combine vintage funk and power pop.
The brothers talk inspiration behind the album, working with their father Neil Currie, and what’s next.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your latest album and what you hope fans get out of it?
Ewan: We want to take you on a journey. Music is an escape. We like to lose ourselves in music and experience many moods, vibes, textures, colours, etc. Plus we like to groove and sing snappy melodies. Essentially we want to entertain you.
Kat: On track “Clams Casino” you were able to feature your accomplished musician father Neil Currie on the piano, marking the first time you’ve ever recorded together. How did he come to feature, and what was it like working with him?
Shamus: We weren’t sure we could get him…but it turns out he was available! In all honesty, we needed somebody who could throw down some hot piano licks a little beyond what i could provide and our old man has been tickling the ivories like a boss since about 1966. Plus we’re related.
Kat: You’ve had a number of high profile singles as members of platinum-selling Canadian band The Sheepdogs. How (if any) did that prepare you for working on this project?
Ewan: It’s all experience that builds up and serves you in all manners of music. Whether it’s songwriting, recording in a studio, playing instruments…BROS is really satisfying because it lets us try some sounds and vibes that maybe don’t fit in the Sheepdogs world. Maybe a bit less guitar riffing and that sort of thing, but it’s still relying on the important things like writing strong melodies and connecting with an audience.
Kat: Your music is popular in the sports world with syncs by ESPN US, SportsNet, Hockey Night in Canada, and the Toronto Blue Jays (to name a few), what do you think it is about your music that connects with sports fans?
Ewan: Some of our songs have a bit of a jock jams vibe, but I think BROS we just have some bouncy grooves that sound good under dudes hitting dingers or slappin’ pucks. A good groove goes a long way.
Kat: What’s next?
Shamus: we’re working on a 3rd album that’s a disco concept record. We figured that the world is ready to party. It’s been a hard year and we just want to make music that makes people dance.
For more visit: https://dinealonerecords.com/artists/bros