May 4th, 2014 • Introducing
Stumbling across a band the old fashioned way, in an off-the-beaten-track pub back room, is a rare thing these days with everything quickly judged as soon as it surfaces online. Refreshingly, it’s still possible to do this – and when the band are as good as Brunch, it makes it all the more exciting. This very new London group played at Denmark Hill’s Joiners Arms last night, and despite the makeshift set up available to them (a shoe-boxed sized stage with no monitors), really gave a sterling account of themselves.
A traditional rock group in the lead vocal, two guitars, bass and drums / plug and play sense, they trade in a brand of hearty, song-centred, hook-filled indie, heavily influenced by the lauded American exponents of the genre: Pavement, Built To Spill and Weezer. On some songs, there were even elements of early 00s New York City indie rock; Interpol and the sadly forgotten stellastarr* – displaying a promising versatility to their sound.
Not a hell of a lot is known about Brunch just now; although their one excellent song online, “Trussed Yew”, has caught people’s attention already with its anthemic qualities and ear worm of a guitar line – it’s had spins on BBC London, BBC 6Music and Amazing Radio, the latter declaring the track as a “Record Of The Week” last month (you can listen to an interview with them on the station here).
Whether or not they can make some kind of wider breakthrough remains to be seen, although with more songs where this came from, they’ll certainly be knocking on the door of any supposed UK guitar rock revival.