After an almost decade-long break, once buzz-laden Tallaght indie rock act The Brother’s Movement are returning for a one-off show this Christmas, or at least that’s the official line.
There are already hints, you see, of a broader return. Nothing set in stone, but enough little jokey lines throughout our quick chat with frontman Daniel Paxton that suggest that rehearsals have proven a hold lot of fun, and just lead to something more than a one-night nostalgia trip.
“We always said we’d come back and do some shows if we were still on talking terms, and we felt that we didn’t sound dated,” said Paxton, who has since played a key part in the output of popular rockers Sweet Jane, and later Buffalo Sunn. “We’re doing it to mark the ten year occasion, really.”
“We’re in a few different bands now between us. We worked hard on that Brother’s Movement album, and spent a lot of cash on recording it in Philadelphia. We were very proud of it. There’s no pressure, which is the beauty of this show. At the time, we always had that aim of getting something more from it, making a career. Now it’s just for the pure enjoyment of playing the songs.”
The rehearsals weren’t always easy, but things are coming together. At first the rehearsals weren’t good, to be honest with you,” Paxton says. “But after about three or four shows things started coming together. We actually sound a hell of a lot better than I remember, because we used to be in this pokey little room. Having a really good PA and actually being able to hear each other play definitely helps. Plus we’re a little bit older and wiser and don’t need to have the amps turned up to 11 all the time to make the point we’re trying to make.”
“There is one song we’ve been leaving until last. It’s ten minutes long and instrumental and it takes a bit of working out, it has so many twists and turns. A few of them took a little while, but once we figured them out, they came good. We enjoyed the process of looking at how we did it back then, and it came back to us.”