Starting in the Summer of 2013, Brother O’ Brother began making music with one major message in mind: love
This musical duo has a sound akin to a heavier, fuzzier version of early White Stripes mixed in with psychedelic and garage rock influences. As first year ORANJE participants, the two are planning on a live show to blow you away. “People want to be entertained and engaged, not hear a recital, and we take a lot of pride in making sure we are an engaging live experience.”
This two piece band consists of Chris Banta on guitar/vocals and Warner Swopes on the drums. Banta started playing music at the age of 12. He got his blues kick from his parents, who introduced him to The Black Keys at Indy Jazz Fest in 2002. Swopes also started at a young age, beginning on the drums at age 10. Listening to a lot of James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, he became really interested in the beats. The two came together and with the help of Brian “Bone” Thorburn at Threshold Studios, they recently released their first 7′ vinyl (that you can pick up at their online merch store) along with a new full length album.
While this group is relatively new (about a year old), they haven’t wasted any time. Brother O’ Brother has performed with bands such as Diarrhea Planet, Cadaver Dogs, North Bye North, The Addies and Kinda Good. “Our best performance is probably either at Emporium Barcade in Chicago in July or our last show with Diarrhea Planet at The Hoosier Dome. People were hanging from the rafters, falling on stage, and Chris even crowd surfed while soloing last time at the Dome. At Emporium at the end of our set it got so rowdy we set off the smoke alarm.”
What are Brother O’ Brother’s plans for the future? “Just to try to expand, grow and see what happens. In the short term, we are working on doing some smaller tours and more regional shows as we push towards touring longer stints at a time next year. Our families and faith come first, but we are excited about the rapid growth we have had and are eager to continue to put our best foot forward and see what happens.”
We asked Brother O’ Brother why they think people should attend ORANJE. “Not only to support local and regional artists, but to support your horizons. I think people often fail to realize just how many great bands and artists there are in Indiana. This event puts a ton of them all in one location at the same time. Also, you should want to see Brother O’ Brother. It’s good for your health.”
If you want to check out Brother O’ Brother before ORANJE 2014, they will be performing at the Blessed is He reunion show at The Gear (Franklin, IN) on August 9 and also at The Bishop (Bloomington, IN) on September 11 with Goodbye June (Nashville).
You can keep up with Brother O’ Brother on their Facebook page, and make sure to catch them on September 13 at ORANJE!