Ben's Brother

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Ben's Brother
Bens Brother.jpg
Ben's Brother performing in 2007
Photo: Brian Marks
Background information
Origin London, UK
Genres Post-Britpop, Indie pop
Years active 2006-present
Labels Island, Universal
Members Jamie Hartman
Kiris Houston
Karl Brazil
Malcolm Moore
Luke Potashnick

Ben's Brother is a British five-piece band from the UK, headed by founder Jamie Hartman. Their band was named after Jamie's big brother Ben, in whose shadow he lived as a teenager. Jamie always considered himself the beta male of the family, which gave him the idea for the title of their debut album.

Music career[edit]

Their debut album, Beta Male Fairytales, was released on 6 August 2007, went to number 3 on iTunes UK and achieved Gold status. Successes followed in Europe and North and South America.

A song from their album, "God By Another Name," became the first iTunes Store free single of the week to be made available in the iTunes Plus format. Beginning in September 2007, their song "Stuttering" was featured in a Dentyne Ice commercial in Canada and the U.S.. This turned into a larger partnership where the band gave away free songs to fans and flew a fan to see them play in Texas, via a specially created website.[1]

The band made their American festival debut at South by Southwest in March 2008.[2]

In 2008 the band were nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Let Me Out".[3]

Dropped by EMI group despite the Ivor Novello Nomination and success with BetaMale Fairytales in the UK and around the world, they formed their own label and recorded their second studio album in Autumn 2008, going on to release the first single, Apologise (co-written with Natalie Imbruglia who has recorded a version for her forthcoming album), in early 2009 before being signed to Island Records for the forthcoming singles from album 2, Battling Giants, which contains a duet with Anastacia - Stalemate - and other vocal collaborations including Jason Mraz on the title track and Jack MacManus, Cass Lowe and Pete Gordeno doing group harmonies on the other tracks.

On 15 February[when?] Hartman announced via his Twitter page that the band would continue to release music without the support of the record label Island Records

On 23 October Hartman announced via his Facebook page that a third album would be released in late February 2012, under the name of Jamie Hartman as opposed to Ben's Brother, although the band would remain in the same set-up.

Band members[edit]

  • Jamie Hartman - vocals
  • Kiris Houston - keyboards, guitars
  • Malcolm Moore - bass
  • Karl Brazil - drums
  • Luke Potashnick - guitars

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Beta Male Fairytales (2 July 2007) (Chart: UK #14, ITA #100)
  • Battling Giants (11 May 2009) (Chart: UK #56)

EPs[edit]

  • Glow (25 April 2010) (UK )

Singles[edit]

  • 2007: "Let Me Out" (Chart: UK #38, ITA #8)
  • 2007: "Carry On"
  • 2008: "Stuttering (Kiss Me Again)" (Chart: UK #41)
  • 2009: "Apologise"
  • 2009: "Q & A"
  • 2009: "Stalemate" (featuring Anastacia)
  • 2010: "What If I?" (Chart: UK #153)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [dead link] Ben's Brother Dentyne.
  2. ^ Erin Chandler, Schedule For The Levi's/FADER Fort In Austin Announced, The Tripwire, 10 March 2008
  3. ^ The Ivor Novello Awards - Nominees[dead link]

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