To refer to Brando as a mere throwback would be unfair, but the influence—in their style, music, and twinkle in their eye—is undeniable.
None more so than from 80s icon, Boy George who's been working with band, “They are the sweetest, most polite boys I have ever met. Like a typewriter in a renaissance.” Which, I guess, makes their music like a hot trouser press in a hotel revolution. Or something. You know, a little bit out there but hard to miss and only made more thrilling because of it. Take Star Crossed Lovers, which is essentially an electro roll call of everybody’s favourite couples—Antony and Cleopatra, Bonnie and Clyde, Homer and Marge. Whilst, I Don’t Know What I Want feels like something to throw on when you’re driving into an urban sunset, or standing on a train station platform contemplating past relationships in the rain. Such is there draw to personalities of the past that they even have restrictions on going into [70s icon] Elton John-isms on stage (donning platforms, shades and going a “little bit mental”).
Intrigued, we caught up with brothers Sam and Joe Lewis (keyboard, lead singer) and Luke Begley (guitar and production) for an introduction.
Disorder: What’s it like working with Boy George?
Luke: We’ve learnt a lot working with George .
Joe: It was almost like an apprenticeship. Now we know our identity a bit more. [When he first heard our music] he liked it but said, “There are certain tweaks I would make”. [He helped us understand] how to write a song.
Sam: And how to put emotion into what you’re doing.
Joe: Yeah. To think about what you’re singing; don’t just sing, but put emotion into it.
D: What else inspires you?
J: We’re big Smiths fans. The way Morrissey writes is like everyday life, but with humour. He makes the mundane seem interesting and does so in a way you can relate.
L: Bands like [glam art rockers] Roxy Music as well. They’re good at making things interesting in terms of image and what they write about. Every album’s different. Bowie’s the same; he didn’t stick with the same formula for his career.
D: Do you listen to more recent stuff?
J: We like modern stuff as well. But it’s mishmash. You have to look to the past for the real characters. It’s more uniform now; you could experiment more in the past. We use today’s format in terms of production, and take inspiration from the past – from fashion, personality or just the way certain singers sing. I like the way [Roxy Music frontman] Bryan Ferry sang; it wasn’t note perfect, but if you heard him sing you would know that it was Bryan Ferry.
D: What do you want to be when you grow up? Any major ambitions?
L: It would be nice to have a bronzed statue of us outside of the McDonalds in Watford.
D: What do you like doing in your spare time?
L: I like reading books in a quiet room in the dark.
J: It sounds sad but we’re happiest when we’re locked in the studio. We’re quite introverted.
S: We go out to dinner sometimes.
D: Very rock n roll.
J: Yeah, so that’s: staying in, reading in the dark, and going out to dinner occasionally.
L: I take the bins out.
J: Did you take the recycling out?
L: Yeah. There was a bit of a panic in the morning, because I didn’t know which day it was for the bins. Crazy.
J: They stay with you those nights.
D: What’s the quality you value most in your friends?
J: Honesty. It can be brutal, but sometimes you need that. With music as well, if something isn’t working, or right, you don’t want people to just say, “Oh, yeah, that sounds great, that sounds good”. If it doesn’t sound right, tell us. In the past we’ve worked with people who would never be critical.
L: I’d add that you have to have your own perceptions [about your music] as well as taking on others. You can’t listen to critique too much otherwise you wouldn’t have your own sound.
D: What talent do you wish you had?
J: …Maybe hypnotherapy. I’d like to be able to hypnotise someone.
S: That’s scary.
J: Okay to fly. Or mind-read… or hypnotise. These are just pipedreams.
D: Finally… what are you working on right now?
L: Just getting the album done. We’ve got a lot of stuff now, it’s just about narrowing down what we want to include.
S: Yeah, we’re focused on getting our sound right.
J: We’re nearly there on the album. Then we’re looking at touring and festivals.