Belgian trio Brutus announce their new record Nest via Sargent House via March 29th. The song opens with a dreamy blend of clean guitars and airy vocal wisps, softly pulsing into a flurry of interweaving dynamics. This change is built with natural tension, showcasing the songwriting skills of the group. Take a listen below and be prepared for the upcoming record!
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By their own admission, the formative sound of the band was shaped by their physical limitations; drummer Stefanie Mannaerts adopted vocal duties initially out of necessity. Having fully embraced her role as both vocalist and drummer, the full range of Stefanie’s multiple talents is showcased on Nest. The abrasive urgency of her emotive vocals is mirrored in the tribalistic drumming, just as tender whispers echo the gentle roll of percussion elsewhere. Co-conspirators Stijn Vanhoegaerden (guitar) and Peter Mulders (bass) complete the magic circle with pervasive riffs, dynamic bass lines, and a fine balance between uneasy restraint and unrepentant aggression. Brutus throws a net over post-rock, hardcore, metal and pop, gathering defining facets of each into their unique sound.
The path Brutus has taken has been meticulously mapped out on Nest. All those glorious highs and euphoric moments are present – highlighted in magnificent technicolor no less. Burrowed in amongst those triumphs are moments of reflection; the choices they have made in pursuit of their goals and the impact those choices have had on both themselves and those they have left behind in their nest. The arc of the album charts the friction between the band’s forward motion and their desire to maintain a connection to those back at home. It’s timeline of invincibility and doubt, of taking risks and letting go; a chronology of what they are and what they’ve done.
Bound by a thread that was intangible to others, their shared experiences, both good and bad; Nest is the sound of a band who know how to use the strength of their bond to full effect, to use every part of themselves as an additional tool for conveying their message: take care of those in your own nest. Brutus find their places of comfort to be very different to the ones previously held dear; the nest they started out with is not quite the same one as they stand in today.
Brutus Live Dates:
APR 28: Munster, DE – Sputnik Cafe
APR 29: Paris, FR – Point Ephémère
MAY 01: Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
MAY 02: Brussel, BE – Les Nuits de Botanique - Rotonde
MAY 04: Bristol, UK – Exchange
MAY 05: Leeds, UK – Hyde Park Book Club
MAY 06: Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
MAY 08: London, UK – Boston Music Room
MAY 13: Koln, DE – MTC
MAY 14: Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
MAY 15: Copenhagen, DK – Vega
MAY 16: Berlin, DE – Maze
MAY 18: Dresden, DE – Scheune
MAY 20: Munich, DE – Storm
MAY 21: Zürich, CH – Ziegel oh Lac
MAY 22: Frankfurt, DE – Nachtleben
MAY 24: Arlon, BE – L’Entrepot
MAY 25: Charleroi, BE – Eden
MAY 26: Hasselt, BE – Muziekodroom
MAY 29: Gent, BE – Handelsbeurs
MAY 30: Antwerpen, BE – Trix
JUN 23: Clisson, FR – HELLFEST
JUN 28-30: Madrid, ES – Download Festival Madrid
North American Dates TBA…