Grimsby-based four-piece The Brookes have no complaints about their local music scene, largely thanks to the locals they have encountered at their gigs. Frontman Benjamin says, “I don’t think you can really compare to the warmth that hometown fans provide.” Plus, the grassroots venues are tough to beat: “There are so many new venues offering their different take on helping the industry blossom.” These venues take on even greater importance when considering the uncertain state of the current music scene: “It’s swinging between the various pressures of local music venues being put under heavy strain, modern technology offering alternative ways of listening to music, as well as the reaction from up and coming bands, promoters and avid gig goers who keep the scene alive… I just hope that the scene is kept afloat by more people getting involved.”
For Benjamin, songwriting involves drawing upon real emotions to inject authenticity into the tracks: “I create a story, a world and a conception of which I want to be
Benjamin takes an optimistic approach to being in a band, as well as experiencing the music scene, but admits there are downfalls: “Making money through music today is just so tough, unless you break through the thousands and make the hits.” He sees a correlation here with the increase in online music sites, encouraging underground bands to succumb to pressure to conform to mainstream expectations. The Brookes have no interest in that: “The important thing is to just write what really makes you happy and forget about trying to push yourself to impersonate someone you are not.”
Authenticity has gained the band positive reactions on the gig circuit, impressing new crowds wherever the road takes them, yet they remain humble and grateful for all the connections they have formed: “The fans have such enjoyment in their faces and share such kind words after. We have met so many lovely people in this industry, which has all stemmed from gigging.” The band have been fortunate to play alongside an impressive roster of acts, such as Reverend and The Makers and The Strypes, but Benjamin feels more inspired playing with bands that he’s watched take their career to the next level: “It is always an eye opener seeing them from the start and then watching them blossom into full bloom… Strange Bones, Calva Louise,
To Benjamin, music is vital: “It’s
The Brookes ring in the changes with their new single Constellations of You, which offers up a real dreamy space vibe to lose yourself in. You can also see them on the road this year, starting with shows in London, Manchester and Grimsby.
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