30 Seconds: Bromheads

Not many bands are inspired by garage rock and Buena Vista Social Club - step forward Sheffield’s Bromheads.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 28 Sep 2012
  • min read
The outfit were raised from the ashes of previous outfit Bromhead’s Jacket. As a three piece, the group toured across Europe, supported the Pixies and recorded a cover of The Streets' single When You Wasn't Famous, which was released on the b-side of the song's seven inch. Now as a duo, the band are back with the new Hold the Gun EP and sound leaner and meaner than ever.

How long have you been making music?

I've been singing in bands since I was 11. Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Metallica were the main covers of choice. But trying to sing Enter Sandman before you’ve got past 13 isn’t an easy task! My cousin was a few years older than me and played me Bleach by Nirvana when I was nine. It was a good time to be into rock and roll and gave me a pretty good musical foundation.

What inspired your new record?

We wrote this tune a while back. Dan pulled out a drum beat that sounded like something from a Buena Vista Social Club record. I was a bit confused being the extra white 4/4 beat kind of guy that I usually am.

After a bit of digging, I found out he'd pinched it from The Stooges. I knew that Iggy Pop was a big fan of the Doors. I also knew that John Densmore, the drummer in the Doors, was largely influenced by a lot of music coming out of South America. He was into the Bossa Nova groove and used it a fair bit on their first record.

So with my rock and roll detective hat on, I concluded that Dan had unknowingly been influenced by the rhythms of South America, mainly Brazilian. I started writing guitar parts with those time signatures in mind. We went with it and used it as a base for our sound. So there you go. That’s the influence for the record.

What process do you go through to create your music?

I usually stick a guide down with a rough vocal and a guitar. Dan then comes in and works his rhythmical magic. Then I'll play and sing new parts to his drums. Easy.

How would you describe your sound?

Where Latino meets garage - Buena Vista smacked in the face by The Sonics.

What would your dream collaboration be?

Lots and lots of potentials, but mostly dead people.

Where can we catch you performing next?

Watch this space for gigs. Our EP will be available both as a physical CD and download on 29 October.