Brother Earth

Brother EarthBrother Earth brings together the formidable talents of multi-instrumentalist Todd Tobias (Circus Devils) and vocalist Steve Five (The Library is on Fire). Their shadowy, kaleidoscopic music vacillates between brooding textural pieces and exuberant rock-and-roll at the drop of a hat, chasing the ghosts of pop music past into a hall of cracked mirrors.
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Positive Haywires


September 2014

On Brother Earth’s debut album for Hidden Shoal the band’s shadowy, kaleidoscopic music vacillates between brooding textural pieces and exuberant rock-and-roll at the drop of a hat, chasing the ghosts of pop music past into a hall of cracked mirrors. Positive Haywires’ wonderfully elastic aesthetics shift from dark and broken to sunny and playful in a matter of songs, while maintaining their own warped and beautiful logic.

 

 

‘City of Gold’ (Single)


August 2014 (Free Download)

If their first single ‘Out Like A Lion’ saw Brother Earth creeping around in the darkness weaving mesmerising magic, ‘City Of Gold’ sees them breaking into the light as fist-pumping power chords carry the song into the same realm of lo-fi rock classicism as prime GBV. This is epic dream-rock, packed into a running time of just over a minute.

 

 

‘Out Like A Lion’ (Single)


July 2014  (Free Download)

Negotiating the smoky ambience of ‘Out Like A Lion’ feels like squinting into the dark and tiptoeing down a staircase covered in moss. The darkness is pressing in all around you, but the insistence of the percussion and nylon-string guitar tugs you onward, mesmerised by the incantatory vocal. ‘Out Like A Lion’ is taken from the forthcoming Brother Earth album Positive Haywires (16th Sept 2014), which vacillates between brooding textural pieces and exuberant rock’n’roll at the drop of a hat, chasing the ghosts of pop music past into a hall of cracked mirrors.

Biography

Brother Earth is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist/producer Todd Tobias and vocalist Steve Five. Todd’s darkly exotic instrumental music has featured on three Hidden Shoal releases to date (Medicine Show, Night Above Ground and I Razor). Todd is also a member of Circus Devils alongside brother Tim Tobias and vocalist Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices). Steve Five is the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter for the Brooklyn-based band The Library is on Fire.

Todd and Steve first met in 2007 when TLIOF recorded an album with Todd as producer.  During the recording Steve and Todd struck up a friendship, leading to the pair creating backyard music videos for Circus Devils. In the videos Steve played a number of characters, and went on to play the main character in the experimental feature film I Razor, the soundtrack of which was released on Hidden Shoal. In 2008 Steve and Todd decided to begin recording their own songs as Brother Earth. Positive Haywires is a collection of Brother Earth songs recorded between 2008 and 2013.

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Brother Earth’s music is  available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.

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