Blending the bizarro vibes of Devo, The B52s,and Frank Zappa, guitar riffs that recall the everyman blues brilliance of Chuck Berry, and a bit of Genesis’s synthscapes and Ween’s wit, The Brood are flying their freak flag high at the forefront of their very own 21 st century East Coast sound: one that draws from the artistic innovation of the past while keeping its grooves decidedly in the spectacular (and radical) now.
And having some fun, too, of course. The title track for their most recent release, Deranged Love, is a spacey blitz of offbeat weirdo art rock that looks the typically cheesy and saccharine love song in the eye and punches it in the gut.The breezy “Birthday” floats along on pillowy synths, evoking the kind of elation that could only come from leaving a job you can’t stand. “All Debit No Credit” dips further into the hole of strange The Brood continues to dig, with jabby guitars and breakneck pace bass lines driving its aura of paranoia. The Brood’s eclectic reservoir of sounds has led Canadian national treasure Joel Plaskett to call them, “the most interesting and exciting live band I’ve seen in Halifax in years.”