For members of the band Brother, simply fitting into a category of music — even a category of music which they appreciate — isn’t good enough. This band, which combines hard rock with an appreciation for all things horror, is out to create its own genre.
“Original,” says Brother vocalist “Nick Necro,” when asked to describe the band in his own words. “Honestly, that’s the only way that we could describe ourselves. We’ve tried putting ourselves in so many genres of music, but … it’s hard to come up with one. We’re actually trying to create a new genre called ‘grave rock,’ to where it’s heavier rock and roll, but it also has that horror influence.”
Brother, based out of Edwardsville, was formed in late 2006 and also features “J-Bones” on lead guitar, “Tommy Tombstone” on bass, “Evil Eric” on drums and “Adam Wolfenstien” on keyboards. Cleary, as the group’s stage names imply, there is a dark image surrounding the band.
“We all appreciate horror in itself,” says Nick. “We’re all big fans of horror movies and the darkness that surrounds everything. We like to take modern-day things that happen, and try to incorporate them into little tales and stories of horror, yet we also write our lyrics to where somebody that’s not really into horror can also relate to our music.”
The band’s songs, which can be heard on its MySpace page, include “Arsenic,” “Modern Day Boogie Man,” “The Gift,” “At Wit’s End” and “All Is Well.” The tracks are now in demo form, and the group is currently shopping for a studio. Nick says that by incorporating a wide array of influences into its music, the band has forged its own sound.
“Our influences range from everything from classical music, all they way up to New Age, modern rock and metal,” he says. “I think that’s what separates our band from a lot of the bands that are out there right now. Each and every one of our individual influences incorporates throughout our whole band. Tommy and myself are into a lot of the horror rock and punk, and J-Bones and Eric are into black metal and dark metal. J also has a lot of influences through blues and the Grateful Dead. We mix it all together.”
The core of that mix, however, is the heaviness. Guitars drive the sound, though the playing is more melodic than thrash.
“It brings energy to the stage,” says Nick of the guitars. “It brings energy to our music. It brings life to wherever we’re playing. Regardless of whether we’re playing for two people or 200 people, we always play the same. We always bring as much energy as we possibly can to any show. The heaviness and the loudness — that’s what flows through our veins. That’s who we are.”
Though Brother is looking to create its own genre of music, the band acknowledges it’s not the first to combine hard rock with dark images. From Black Sabbath to Marilyn Manson, Korn and Rob Zombie, there is a long tradition in some factions of hard rock to mix metal with the macabre. Brother simply hopes to build and expand on that tradition.
“We appreciate all of that music,” says Nick. “They are the pioneers of all horror and theatrical rock. When Alice Cooper would play on stage, there was an amazing show there, with all sorts of horror props. You never left the show feeling disappointed. You always left with something that was burnt into your mind. And that’s what we hope to bring to every one of our shows. We hope that people leave with something to remember and something to talk about.”
Brother, w/ Cell 7 Friday, Jan. 30, 10 p.m. at King’s Pizzeria, 49 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountaintop. Cover: $3.
Future shows: Feb. 6 at Liam’s,
Wilkes-Barre, w/ Phoenix;
Feb. 12 at Crocodile Rock, Allentown, w/ Wednesday 13.