Gig preview: Brooders at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Brooders. Picture: Martin Crandon

Brooders. Picture: Martin Crandon

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“We formed just out of me and Liam [Naylor], a guitar/drums sort of thing. We had the worst equipment in the world and the worst ambitions in the world,” says Adam Bairstow, explaining the early days of the Leeds-based psychedelic grunge band Brooders.

“We kind of just jumped headfirst into it all. We started jamming in a practice room and just writing a few awful songs that we will never reveal to this world but they were a lot of fun, which is what helps. We just spurred ourselves on to keep trying new things until we found things that worked.”

After releasing a couple of singles under the name Hunny, the band decided to expand their horizons. Bass player Adam Speare was recruited and they changed their name to Brooders. “Bringing him along was just the best move we could have made,” says Bairstow. “I lived with him for two years prior to now and he can’t get rid of me so he thought he might as well join me.”

The band sharpened their act by gigging almost constantly for the past two years, sharing stages with the likes of God Damn, Fizzy Blood and I Divide along the way.

They’re now about to launch a self-titled mini album with a show at the Brudenell Social Club on March 23. Also on the bill are fellow city band Fighting Caravans.

It was recorded at Greenmount Studios and includes two tracks that have previously been singles, Haze and Cling.

We’ve done a lot of gigging, we’ve been on scene a long time and we’ve got out there to a lot of the fan base that we need to initially start moving forward with, now we’ve just got to get music out there.

Adam Bairstow

“We’ve done a lot of gigging, we’ve been on scene a long time and we’ve got out there to a lot of the fan base that we need to initially start moving forward with, now we’ve just got to get music out there,” says Bairstow. “That’s the thing. We’ve got to get people hearing what we’re doing and get them on board with it. That’s the dream that people pick up on the music and go, ‘This is great, I’d love to see these guys live’ then that kind of spirals and these few shows that we’re doing now become bigger and bigger and it’s just a snowball.”

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