Currently in the midst of a HUGE UK tour, Broken Witt Rebels took some time out to chat to us about their upcoming debut album, their live shows and more...
HEY GUYS! COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BAND? HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET AND START PLAYING TOGETHER? GIVE US YOUR STORY SO FAR…
Hey! We are a four-piece rock & soul band from Birmingham/Coventry. Me (Danny) & Luke grew up together through school, and both shared a love of the same music, then four years ago we met JT in a local band he was playing in, followed by meeting JD playing in another local band about 3 years ago. JD & JT joined soon after we met and instantly connected when we made music together. And we've been on a mission to take over the music game ever since!
YOUR SOUND STRADDLES AN ARRAY OF GENRES, INCLUDING BLUES, SOUL AND ROCK. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR SOUND? WHERE DO YOU TAKE YOUR INFLUENCES FROM?
We have a huge range of influences across all genres, but we all seem to take it all and throw it in the melting pot and make the music we like. We've never liked to be pigeonholed into a specific genre or sound. We like to challenge ourselves and create whatever we feel like and what comes out is Broken Witt Rebels.
YOU’RE SET TO RELEASE YOUR SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM ON 24TH NOVEMBER, WHICH MATCHES SONGS FROM YOUR TWO MOST RECENT EPS ‘HOWLIN’ AND ‘GEORGIA PINE’ WITH FOUR BRAND NEW NUMBERS. DO YOU SEE THE RECORD AS A DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY SO FAR, AND WHAT’S CHANGED FROM THE EARLIER TRACKS TO THE NEWER ONES?
Yes and we're so excited! Its been a real journey and like any adventure we wanted to document and celebrate that. We have just signed a deal with Snakefarm Records / Universal Music Group and they wanted the first album to be like that too. The older tracks have been remastered to sit nicely with the four new tracks and each listener will hear and share our journey with each song on this album. A very proud moment.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE FANS WILL REACT TO THE ALBUM? AND WHAT DO YOU THINK IT HAS TO OFFER TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF YOU BEFORE?
We think our fans will love it! We put our heart and soul in to it. We have the best fan base in the world - they are very supportive and we're forever grateful. So we sure hope they go crazy with joy when they play it.
YOU’VE PLAYED SOME PRETTY AWESOME SUPPORT SLOTS, FOR THE LIKES OF JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR, KALEO AND WHISKEY MYERS. HAVE YOU LEARNT ANYTHING FROM THESE EXPERIENCES THAT’S STUCK WITH YOU?
We have learned from everyone we've toured with! We always make mental notes and take that on board, it would be hard not to. It makes you stronger! There have been some incredible artists we've been fortunate to play with around the world. Sometimes you get so stuck in the moment and are always busy, so it's nice to stop sometimes and reflect on how far we have came.
RIGHT NOW YOU’RE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR OWN HEADLINE TOUR! WHAT CAN AN AUDIENCE EXPECT FROM YOUR LIVE SHOW?
So far we have been amazed each time we go back to a city - the growth is phenomenal and the reaction has been crazy on this tour. People will expect an all-or-nothing, balls-to-the-wall show. We leave it all out on display and each fan will be invited to join the party each night when we hit that stage.
IF YOU COULD PICK ONE LIVE SHOW AS A STAND-OUT FROM YOUR CAREER SO FAR, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?
So many to mention but here's a few - playing with Kaleo at the sold-out Forum in London was special. Touring the deep south of America with Whiskey Myers was incredible each night, and recently Sheffield and Glasgow on this tour has been jaw-droppingly good! From crowd surfers to the crowd singing the songs back entirely... amazing.
DO YOU THINK THERE’S AN ‘AVERAGE’ BROKEN WITT REBELS FAN? WHEN YOU LOOK OUT AT THE CROWD AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS, WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO YOU SEE?
There's definitely not an average fan. We have a demographic between 14 - 70+. It's sometimes amazing to see young girls / lads going crazy right next to a loving older couple going equally as mad in their own way! We have some real die-hard fans and it's amazing to see each night! We have the best view in the house each night.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-GIG RITUALS TO WARM YOU UP FOR A SHOW?
We like to drink a few shots of whiskey before we go on stage together. Also we have a thing we do with our hands before we go right on stage. Haha that might sound weird but f*** it.
FINALLY, WHAT OTHER ACTS ARE EXCITING YOU AT THE MOMENT, BOTH ON RECORD AND IN THE LIVE SPHERE?
We're really liking The Cadillac Three’s new album 'Legacy' at the moment and can't wait to hit the European tour with them. Alabama Shakes are big favourites in the van, as are Kaleo. We really want to try and catch Idles live at some point, as our manager keeps going on about their show.
Broken Witt Rebels continue their huge UK run at the following dates:
27 - SOUTHAMPTON, The Joiners
28 - BRIGHTON, Prince Albert
29 - LONDON, Boston Music Room
30 - BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy 3
07 - BRISTOL, Thekla
08 - MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge
09 - NOTTINGHAM, Bodega Social
Grab tickets from the link below, and we'll see you there!