Just as one man bands only really vary between the singer songwriters and the laptop-staring beat makers, any act with over 5 members generally struggles with one of two beasts – either being cramming too much into their sound or sounding too bland to carry such an unwieldy amount of players. Among Brothers are a six-piece coming out of Cardiff, and thankfully it’s the former that is more of an issue for them – a fact that just about works in their favour.
Their debut EP ‘Homes’ is out through Barely regal records within the month, and the first track is already available to download through bandcamp, offering a snapshot of what the other tracks might be about – which is just about anything. Within the space of 1 minute and 46 seconds, the quintet manage to span and master about 5 different genres, starting off with hyperactive electro-pop, descinding into chanting and percussion, before turning into an eloquent take on post-rock and fading out, all the while with hints of pretty much everything else bubbling under. It seems to last forever, making an expanse for itself that it grows into without ever really stretching itself. There are still rough edges, still a sense that they’re biting off more than they can chew, but it’s a million miles away from being boring.