Introducing: The Brookes
Listen To: ‘Lucy’ and ‘Shape of You’
The Brookes’ latest aural construction ‘Lucy’ is mega. Like, we can’t quite do this punch in the face single justice with words alone, you just need to whack play and then you’ll see exactly what we mean. With the manic melody created by Jamie Craw (lead guitar) and Elliott Gant (bass) similar in bite to some of Arctic Monkeys’ best tracks – ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘Crying Lighting’ to name but two – there’s absolutely no way bedlam won’t ensue at The Brookes’ upcoming gigs. “I know what Lucy wants” snarls frontman Ben Keal, as drummer Bryn Cattell backs him up with an explosion of unrelenting beats, combining to make an anthem for the angry youth of the twenty-first century.
The b-side ‘Shape of You’ has got a far more hypnotic rhythmic hook and we challenge you not to nod your head and stomp your foot in time as Ben Keal waltzes through narrating the track with a Gallagher-esque drawl. It’s noisy, it’s confusing but in the best way possible. You know when you stumble out of a club at three in the morning, your head still thumping with the bass that’s kept you going all night? It’s got that addictive, headache-inducing quality – it’s not for the faint hearted. But join in with the Grimsby lads, knock back another vodka shot and get into it… you won’t regret it.
Words by Beth Kirkbride