Electro-pop Band Brother Sister to Perform in Nelson
A Journey from Childhood to Electro-pop Stardom
For the Thomson siblings, their musical journey started during family camping trips, performing original songs for their parents, and participating in high school bands in Nelson. The trio, Dave, Taz, and Ben Thomson, later formed an electro-pop band named Brother Sister, known for their ‘unapologetically nostalgic’ 80s-inspired music. Seven years ago, they chose to come together once again, and now they are preparing for a performance in Nelson on Friday night at East St.
The band, formed in 2016, has encountered challenges along the way, including the expected bumps that come with any creative endeavor, and some additional helpings of sibling rivalry. However, instead of causing division, their differences have fueled some of their material. Songs such as “I Don’t Like” and “Push my Buttons” were sparked by Dave and Taz’s sometimes difficult relationship when she flatted with him in Auckland.
Individual Achievements and Contributions
Dave, who is the band’s main songwriter, taught himself design and music while growing up in Nelson. His design work has been featured in the Nelson-originated national youth music competition Smokefree Rockquest, a position he has held for more than 25 years. Additionally, he established his own record label, Smalltime Records, in Nelson.
Ben and Taz have also tasted success in their own right. Both won the Nelson Rockquest finals during their high school years. Ben was part of Torque, where he also won the best musician award, while Taz was with The Summer Offensive, winning the women’s musicianship award.
Reliving the 80s with Brother Sister
Since forming Brother Sister, they have embarked on several tours and recently released their latest EP, “On a Roll.” The band hopes that listeners to the EP will be reminded of that feeling they had when they watched a PG-rated 80s movie for the first time in their youth. Using pulsing keyboards, programmed drums, driving bass, and dueling melodic hooks, they expertly blend these elements to take listeners back to the future.
Journeying to Japan
After their gigs in Nelson, Christchurch, and Auckland, the band plans to fulfill a long-held dream to play in Japan. All three Thomsons have been big fans of Japanese culture, particularly the 80s anime and films. They always joked about being popular in Japan, and now they have an opportunity to make that come true.
Brother Sister will perform at East St on Friday, September 29, alongside Jola Burns and DJ Funk n sloCuts. With their nostalgic vibes and energetic performances, the band invites everyone to join them for a night that promises to be a celebration of the magic of the 80s, while also being a part of Brother Sister’s journey as they continue to make their mark in the music industry.
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