Introducing Speak Brother

Let me introduce you all to James Herring (vocals, guitar) Matt Cotterill (piano, keyboards) and Nath Morris (bass, percussion) who are collectively know as Speak, Brother. This band deliver what they describe as ‘acoustic-driven, harmony rich anthems’ which my ears really enjoy. Their music has been compared to the likes of Mumford & Sons and I confess, I am not a huge fan of the comparison band but I am a huge fan of Speak, Brother.

I got the opportunity to speak to James from the band which we talked about the band and more. This is what he had to say.

Who or What was your inspiration for getting into music and is there a story behind the band’s name?

I love the way music can help me connect to stories, thoughts, feelings and so enjoy playing music with the hope of connecting to people the way I perhaps can’t through words alone. That’s kinda how we came found the band name. Most of our songs are story based about people in our lives and we went back to the first song that I’d written, which invites the listener to speak and have their say. So that’s kinda what we like our music to be.. An invitation for a conversation. We all go through the same stuff really, yet a lot of the time we feel as if we’re the only ones and so feel awkward about opening up to anyone.

What was your goals when you began writing your EP?

To write songs that we’re excited about, and stories that move us. To carefully record it to the best quality we possibly can. These songs are our babies.

Which is your favourite track from this release and why?

My long standing favourite (but only just) is probably Two Bands Of Gold for it’s simplicity and it’s meaning to me as it’s about my grandparents.

If you were headlining a world tour, which bands would you choose as YOUR support?

A great question! I suppose my answers would be the same if you asked who I’d like to meet and spend some real quality time with and get inspired by. Kate Rusby, Jon Foreman, Foy Vance to name a few. All very inspiring.

Now the EP is released, what do you have planned next for your music?

While we continue to explore the country gigging, we aim to write the next EP and plan to release the next single and video early next year.

The guys have recently released their debut self titled EP which is a great addition to my music collection. ‘Dry Bones’ was the first track I heard from the band which has that Mumford & Sons comparison that people tend to use. This is a great way to start the EP with their ‘harmony rich anthems’ that they deliver. I expected the rest of the EP to have a similar sound but the next song ‘My Love’ is a totally different sound which changed my view on how I saw this band. This is by far my favourite track from the release because of its emotion filled lyrics and vocals which are outstanding. So much so, its style and sound remind me of Glen Hansard (one of my all time favourite musicians) which is a huge compliment from me. Next up is ‘Break In’ which picks up the pace again with its catchy foot stomping sound and an infectious sing along hook. They finish the EP with another great example of their musical talent with the song Two Bands of Gold. This song shows off James vocal ability with the songs unplugged feel. The more I listen to this song the more I appreciate their music even more. This includes James’ tone which has a captivating honest and soul filled feel. I strongly recommend you listen to their release in full at their Bandcamp site (click HERE) and if you like it then grab a copy of their self titled EP today.

With such an impressive debut release, I am now curious to hear how their music will grow and hopefully we won’t have long to wait for new music. I’m am following them on their social media sites at Facebook and Twitter so I will know when they release new music or play a show near me. You can also find out more about the band at their website at Speakbrother.co.uk. Help spread the word about the great music of Speak, Brother today!