Back in the Seventies, when “the great smell of Brut” was first unleashed, they employed the likes of ‘Enry Cooper, Kevin Keegan and even Muhammed Ali to flog the scent to the nation’s geezers. Well, there’s a London-based quartet called The Brute Chorus, nothing at all to do with aftershave, who are creating enough of a splash without the endorsement of any sports personality.
This week sees the release of their fourth single, the live favourite All the Pilgrims. Recorded live at the Roundhouse in London by Mercury Award winning producers Choque Hosein (Black Star Liner) and Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Gogol Bordello, PJ Harvey and Sons & Daughters) it gives a first whiff of the debut album due later in the year.
The band’s punk-spiced rockabilly and singer James Steel’s songwriting, leaning heavily on religious imagery, is earning them a strong following. A previous single, She Was Always Cool, was an NME Single of the Week last December. They also made Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq’s pick of 2008.
You might be able to catch The Brute Chorus at one of the following short series of dates:
6th June (DJ SET) Queen of Hoxton, London
7th June Middlesborough Festival, Middlesborough
13th June (DJ SET) Indo, London
8th July Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
16th July, Instore at Rough Trade, London
18th July 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
26th July Secret Garden Party, Nr Huntingdon
20th August The Swan, Ipswich
29th August 93 Feet East, London
Photo credit: Sophia Schorr-Kon