Birmingham born four-piece Winstons Big Brother are an alternative indie-rock band making waves in the British music scene. Although based in the West Midlands, the quartet has no bones about travelling the length and breadth of Britain, including making the big trip for some gigs in the states. Winstons Big Brother cite bands such as The Beatles, Elvis, Kings of Leon and The Who as their chief influences – the impact of all can be clearly heard throughout all songs.
There is also an ultra-modern element to be heard in Winstons Big Brother, one that is highly reminiscent of Gorillaz or even Hot Chip. While they are yet to release an official EP or album, the scattered tracks littering their website, Youtube channel and Soundcloud account boast exceptionally high quality tunes, any one of which would be an excellent addition to a dancing, toe-tapping playlist. In terms of members, Winstons Big Brother consist of: Gary Mason on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sean Duggan on lead guitar and vocals, Mark Flight on bass and Tom Johnson on drums.
‘People Will Forget’ is one of the best blues/rock tunes recorded in recent years. With definite echoes of The Black Keys and vocally channelling Tom Meighan of Kasabian or even Jack White, this track will be stuck in your head for days to come. Beginning with an addictive guitar riff and scratchy vocals, this songs brings you back to the hey-days of blues infused rock n’ roll, but adding to it an absolutely modern twist which will bring you to your feet. The inclusion of a 70’s era guitar solo (short enough to punch will maximum strength) brings the whole song together like a cheese board after dinner – not strictly necessary, but completely welcome all the same.
‘Remedy’ then opens with rumbling bass, brisk percussion and a Thin Lizzy-esque guitar lick. This holy triumvirate then builds in speed and intensity morphing into a veritable blaster of a hook. This song has the air of one that would be electrifying if played live. The track is peppered intermittently with some more of that 70’s-80’s reverb heavy guitar solos.
‘The Sign of the Times’ is a slower, more sedate tune. Still leading in with a slow build-up and perfect synchronicity between the instrumentalists, but the slower pace gives the tune head-nodding groove.
‘Rollin’’, which is still in its Demo stage is a smooth rolling, rollicking tune characterised by grungy guitar and tidy guitar licks. The crisp percussion punctuating with military precision in the background provides the perfect canvas for the bass to play in counterpoint to the runaway guitar.
The only downside to Winstons Big Brother is the brevity of their songs, they really could have lengthened them a little bit more. However, given the impressively high standard in song writing and excellently executed in what can sometimes be a tricky genre, Winstons Big Brother are absolutely ones to watch out for. I must insist you go see them if they ever come to Ireland. Failing that, any one of their songs would be an instant hit on a house party playlist.