Broods

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Broods
Broods.jpg
Broods performing at the Grammy Museum, 2016.
Background information
Origin Nelson, New Zealand
Genres
Years active 2013–present
Labels
Website www.broodsmusic.com
Members
  • Georgia Nott
  • Caleb Nott

Broods is a music duo from Nelson, New Zealand, composed of Georgia Josiena Nott on lead vocals, with older brother and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Allan Joseph Nott on production and backing vocals. They released the single "Bridges", which went to No. 8 on the New Zealand single chart, and signed with Capitol and Polydor Records. They released their self-titled début EP, Broods, on 30 January 2014, which was followed by a full-length album, Evergreen, on 22 August 2014. The band toured with Ellie Goulding, Haim, and Sam Smith, and have won ten New Zealand Music Awards. They released their second album, Conscious, on 24 June 2016.

History[edit]

Early years and formation (2010–2013)[edit]

Born in Blenheim, New Zealand, Caleb and Georgia Nott have performed together since childhood.[5] They grew up in a musical family with three other siblings, and would go along with their parents to weddings and church performances in an ABBA tribute band.[6][7] They won a talent competition, "Richmond's Got Talent", as teenagers at Richmond Mall in 2010.[8] While attending Garin College, they were members of the indie rock band, The Peasants, who won the Smokefreerockquest music competition in 2011. The band split in late 2012, shortly after winning a grant from NZ On Air. Georgia began studying popular music at the University of Auckland.[9] Caleb studied industrial design.[10] They both dropped out of university to pursue Broods.[11]

Broods was formed in Auckland in early 2013. The brother-sister project began collaborating with music producer Joel Little, whom they met as a judge at the 2011 Smokefreerockquest. He produced Lorde's 2013 hit single, "Royals".[12] While considering names for the band, their manager suggested Broods.[6] The band liked the double meaning, relating to family and a feeling of brooding in their music.[11] They released their debut single, "Bridges", online in October 2013.[13] The song was picked up by Idolator and other music blogs, earning over 200,000 streams in a week.[14] MTV described the track as "a bittersweet synth-pop echo chamber".[15] Broods signed with Capitol Records worldwide and Polydor in the UK and Europe in December 2013.[16]

Broods and Evergreen (2014–2015)[edit]

The single, "Bridges", debuted at No. 8 in the New Zealand single chart in January 2014 and was chosen as the U.S. iTunes Store single of the week in February 2014.[17] The song, "Never Gonna Change", was made available for streaming in anticipation of their début EP, Broods, which was released on 30 January 2014.[18] The band made their debut U.S. performance at Bardot in Hollywood, California on 24 February 2014, touring as a three piece with James Mataio on drums.[19][20] They debuted in the UK at London's Notting Hill Arts Club on 5 March 2014, and toured briefly with Haim.[21] They toured North America, and then Australia in support of Ellie Goulding.[22][23] They returned to the U.S. to make their television début on Late Night with Seth Meyers in July, and toured opening for Sam Smith.[24]

Broods released their début album, Evergreen, on 22 August 2014, which debuted at No. 1 on the New Zealand album chart.[25] They won as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards, and were also nominated for Single of the Year and the People's Choice Award.[26][27] They were also nominated for the APRA Silver Scroll Award for the single "Bridges".[28] In 2015, they returned to North America for a headlining tour, joined by drummer Joel Farland.[29] The band performed their single "Four Walls" on Conan, and played the Groovin the Moo, Firefly, WayHome, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands music festivals.[30][31][32][33][34] They collaborated with Australian singer/songwriter Troye Sivan, co-writing and producing the song "Ease" from his 2015 EP Wild and subsequent album Blue Neighbourhood.[35] At the 2015 New Zealand Music Awards, they won Album of the Year for Evergreen, Best Group, Best Pop Album, and Radio Airplay Record of the Year for "Mother & Father".[36]

Georgia Nott at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, California on 30 June 2016.

Conscious (2016)[edit]

Broods began writing material for a follow up album immediately after releasing their debut. They experimented with adding live instrumentation – guitar, organ and electric piano – to their synthesizer-based electronic sound.[37] The duo released the first single, "Free", on 1 April 2016, working again with producer Joel Little, which has a heavier industrial style.[38] Their second album, Conscious, was released on 24 June 2016, and includes collaborations with Lorde and Tove Lo.[39]

Georgia married long-term partner, Jacob Wieblitz, in 2016. The couple honeymooned in Bali.[40] Caleb and Georgia moved to Los Angeles in April 2016, and opened again for Ellie Goulding on the North American leg of her Delirium World Tour.[38] Broods appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden in May, and featured on the Jarryd James single, "1000×", released on 17 June 2016.[41][42] New Zealand actress Rose McIver appeared in the video for their song "Heartlines".[43] Broods toured Australia, New Zealand, and North America through mid-2016, and were joined by Jarryd James in August.[39][44] Their cousin, Jonathan Nott, played drums on the tour.[45] Broods won five New Zealand Music Awards in November, and supported Two Door Cinema Club on tour.[46][47] They toured Europe with Tove Lo in March 2017.

Members[edit]

  • Caleb Allan Joseph Nott – born (1992-07-01) 1 July 1992 (age 26)[48]
  • Georgia Josiena Nott – born (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 24)[49]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
NZ
[17]
AUS
[50]
CAN
[51]
US
[52]
Evergreen 1 5 45
Conscious
  • Released: 24 June 2016
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, cassette, download, LP
1 2 69 52
"—" denotes an album that did not chart in that country.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
NZ
[17]
AUS
[50]
US
[52]
Broods 2 30 164
"—" denotes an album that did not chart in that country.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NZ
[17]
AUS
[55]
BEL (Fl)
[56]
US
Adult

[57]
US
Alt

[58]
US
Rock

[59]
2014 "Bridges" 8 51 25 45 Broods
"Never Gonna Change" 40 83
"Mother & Father" 12 54 36 Evergreen
"L.A.F" [A]
2015 "Four Walls" 18
2016 "Free" 21 30 26 47 Conscious
2017 "Heartlines"[67] [B] 37
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ
[17]
AUS
[50]
2016 "1000×"
(Jarryd James featuring Broods)
[C] 47 High
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ
[17]
AUS
[55]
2014 "Everytime"[70] Evergreen
2016 "Couldn't Believe"[71] [D] 81 Conscious

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ
[17]
2016 "Freak of Nature"
(featuring Tove Lo)
[E] Conscious

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2015 "Love Me Badder (Broods Remix)"[73] Elliphant Love Me Badder (Remixes) Remix
"Ease"[74] Troye Sivan Blue Neighbourhood Featured artist
"Team, Ball, Player, Thing" #KiwisCureBatten featuring Lorde, Kimbra, Brooke Fraser, et al. Non-album single Featured artist (charity single)
2016 "Good Life" Zhu Generationwhy Un-credited featured artist
2017 "Stranded" Flight Facilities featuring Reggie Watts & Saro Non-album single Featured artist
2018 "Be Like You"[75] Whethan Non-album single Featured artist
Broods performing live in 2016.

Solo projects[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2018 "The Venus Project" Georgia Nott Vol.1
"Make Me Feel" Fizzy Milk (Caleb Nott) feat. Jarryd James Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Ref
"Never Gonna Change" 2014 Remi Weekes [76]
"Bridges" Aleksander Hørup, Jeppe Kolstrup [77]
"Bridges" (U.S. version) Dori Oskowitz [78]
"Mother & Father" Jordan Arts [79]
"L.A.F" Jordan Arts [80]
"Free" 2016 Jessie Hill [81]
"Heartlines" Dano Cerny [82]

Notes

  1. ^ "L.A.F" did not enter the Official New Zealand Music Chart, but did peak at number 7 on the New Zealand Artists singles chart.[63]
  2. ^ "Heartlines" did not enter the Official New Zealand Music Chart, but did peak at number 3 on the New Zealand Heatseekers Singles chart.[68]
  3. ^ "1000×" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 3 on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[69]
  4. ^ "Couldn't Believe" did not enter the Official New Zealand Music Chart, but did peak at number 4 on the New Zealand Heatseekers Singles chart.[72]
  5. ^ "Freak of Nature" did not enter the Official New Zealand Music Chart, but did peak at number 5 on the New Zealand Heatseekers Singles chart.[72]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Nomination Result
2014 APRA Awards (New Zealand)[83] Silver Scroll Award – "Bridges" Nominated
New Zealand Music Awards[84] Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "Bridges" Nominated
People's Choice Award
2015 New Zealand Music Awards[36] Album of the YearEvergreen Won
Best Group
Best Pop Album
Radio Airplay Record of the Year – "Mother & Father"
2016 MTV Europe Music Awards[85] Best New Zealand Act
New Zealand Music Awards[46] Album of the YearConscious
Best Group
Best Pop Album – Conscious
People's Choice Award
Single of the Year – "Free"

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