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The Brocklebank are a teenage indie pop band from Pontypridd, South Wales. Band members are Curtis Hicks (vocals), Lewis Hawkins (guitar), Shae Owen-Phillips (drums), ieuan Weaver-Jones (bass) and all are just 18.
Second EP 'Youth' will be released on 20th April. The title track is out now.
An early demo of their debut single “Criminals” gained the four piece interest from pop icon Roy Stride of Scouting For Girls who went on to give advice and support throughout the creation of their debut EP.
Although still in the foothills of their dreams the band have worked with an accredited Abbey Road producer, signed to independent label Smart Indie Records & have gigged the Cardiff circuit including a slot at Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens’ Swn Festival. They attracted hundreds to their sell-out EP launch show at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd & sold over 200 tickets to their end of year show; some achievement as they were the only band on the bill. Their debut single Criminals was supported by BBC introducing & aired by DJ Adam Walton.
This song is about doing everything you can to preserve the naivety of being young. The words were written at a time when I felt very lost, says Curtis. I was an adolescent, struggling to come to terms with the fact that I was about to become an adult. Lewis adds, there was this idea I came up with at a practice session & we all instantly fell in love with it. We knew we had to develop it into a full song & it seemed a perfect fit for Curt's lyric. The original version was very different but over time it evolved into what it is today. I think it was one of the first songs that Curt and I co-wrote from scratch.
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People might well see AdoreYou as a love song, almost a cute lullaby, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Its actually a really sad song; the lyrical meaning concealed within catchy pop riffs. It's about desperately seeking acceptance, admiration even. It was like a little note to myself, “what do I have to do to be adored” but in the event, instead of changing who I was, I just channeled my emotions into this song. You cant really change who you are for anyone and I think thats important to remember.
Single is the only love song on the record. Its a very personal song and it exposes me completely. I wrote it at time when I had a very pessimistic view of love. Its a song that's hard for me to talk about. It is what it is; the memory of an unhealthy relationship.
18 is perhaps one of our most intense songs, lyrically, and it's also a personal favourite. I wrote it the night before the day of my Eighteenth birthday. There was something so unnerving about becoming an adult and I didn't feel quite ready for the responsibility. Theres no chorus and its just a stream of consciousness. I wrote it in a time of need. I turned to the only thing I knew I could do to calm my anxieties.