Wednesday, December 7, 2011

He ain't heavy, he's my brother

There's a grand history of pop groups made up of brothers: Oasis, The Kinks, Kings Of Leon, The Jackson Five, Sparks and, ultimately, Hanson.

All of them follow an important rule - you don't mention your relationship in the band name. Groups that do, such as The Chemical Brothers, The Jungle Brothers and Brother Beyond, are only siblings in the ultra-cringeworthy "we've become so close, we're almost family" sense.

Strangely, this doesn't hold true for women. Think of The Jackson Sisters, Sister Sledge and The Pointer Sisters. We'll gloss over Shakespear's Sister for now. They didn't even bother to spell-check Shakespeare's name.

Why am I telling you this? Because there is a new band called Disclosure, who happen to be brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. They've just come off tour with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and are supporting SBTRKT at his UK gigs next year.

Their new single, Tenderly, is a reverential riff on mid-90s house music. Based around a repeated hook, "there's something about you", it's propelled by chunky keyboard stabs and a shuffling percussion section. You can totally see it featuring in a club scene in This Life or Queer As Folk.

Here is the bit where you can listen to it.

Tenderly by Disclosure

Tenderly and its double A-side Flow are released in January via Make Mine.

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