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As a new feature on the site, fans are going to start reviewing some of Don Broco’s shows. Here’s the first from Don Broco’s acoustic set at the Apple Store in Glasgow:

“English band, Don Broco, did a small acoustic set in Glasgow’s Apple Stroe today, July 3rd. The turn out was exceptional, although there weren’t many people, the atmosphere was immense. There was around 30+ people at the show, and the crowd was growing as time went on, the band were drawing in people simply just passing by in the street, they ranged between small children and a few elderly women. Of course the famous pepper shaker was there also, Don Broco were extremely involved with the crowd and even came off stage at the end for pictures with fans, the set consisted of 7 songs, mainly new songs, but Priorities came last. Seeing Rob look so amazed at the crowd singing along was most definitely the best part.”

Stacey Chalmers
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Bedford band Don Broco released new song “We’re On Holiday”, which is the B side to their prior single “Dreamboy”. This track was released at the perfect time of the year, when the summer was near its end and people around the UK were all dreading the return to work or school and I should know as I was one of those individuals.

“We’re On Holiday” is yet another perfect single that Don Broco have written, recorded and released all on their own due to the fact they are one of Britain’s greatest unsigned bands. The lyrics, which are written by Don Broco’s very own Rob Damiani, are always catchy in every one of their songs and they show off the vocalist’s very decent singing voice and his proper Londoner accent. The line “though remember to bring my lips to drink and to kiss with” indicates the cheeky and boyish side of him in the song, making the girls fancy the pants off him.

The drums are great especially when Matt Donnelly starts ‘attacking’ the cymbals at 2:07 because it gives the song a bit of an effect and sounds fantastic when you listen to it full volume via ear/headphones. Also, it sounds quite quick to play but this makes me want to learn it on drums so I can show off to Don Broco whenever I next see them in person, which is hopefully very, very soon. Bass is performed by Luke Rayner and 2 minutes into the song, he starts to show off his skills with a little solo, which makes me do this weird jumping dance thing-it’s way too hard to explain so I won’t attempt to. The guitar-played by Simon Delaney, has a mixture of fast and slow pace, which blend well with the lyrics, Rob’s hot voice, Matt on drums and Luke’s bass. I might actually ask if Simon is willing to tutor me individually so I can play this song as well as him. At the end of the song, every member including the drummer sing “It’s alright we’re on holiday” in a much quieter tone of voice, which actually gives the song a pretty good effect to end with.

It’s a great track to go mental to every day of the year because Don Broco show you that you don’t need to go on a foreign getaway to have an epic time, it just depends who you spend it with. “We’re On Holiday” is an all-round catchy song, which has major input from every member of Don Broco as they all work together to produce the best material with brilliant composition every time for their fans-also known as ‘Brocans’. Though this is my favourite track of the summer, even now nearing the beginning of November and listening to this song either makes me want to book a holiday abroad (with money I don’t have) or just wishing this British weather would make its bloody mind up.

Have a listen to this song and even watch their video that goes along with it, it’s brilliant and shows that this small town band have an amazing fan base and defiantly look like they’re going to go far. I hope so because I love this band so much and I want them to make it to the big time.

Rating: 4/5 stars

You can see the full review, including beautiful images here. have posted a review of Don Broco‘s live performance at this year’s Reading Festival. You can read it below:

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Don Broco – BBC Introducing Stage.
This was the Bedford Boys first time at the festival and judging by this performance it wont be their last. Full of energy and eager to impress they launched into a 25 min set full of their biggest tunes off their latest mini album – ‘Big Fat Smile.’ Opening with classic ‘Thug Workout’, front man Bobby D got right into the crowd to conduct the wall of death from the audience which reflects the lighthearted, fun loving side to this band which is making them into one of the biggest up and coming bands in the country. Would love to see them on a bigger stage next year. 5/5.

You can read the rest of the review here.

“DON BROCO – 7/10
For a relatively new band who don’t fit particularly well with the other acts on the bill, Don Broco draw a sizeable crowd. They are clearly fired up for tonight and attack their songs with passion. ‘All Good’ and ‘Dreamboy’ from their latest EP sound great, and the audience are more than ready to scream every word back at vocalist Rob Damiani. Musically there are a few mistakes, with a scattering of bum-notes and missed beats, but this does little to diminish the effectiveness of their energetic show. Ending on ‘Do What We Do’; one of their best singalongs, the band put on an undeniably enjoyable show that will definitely have picked them up a few more fans by the end of the night.”

You can read the original article, with reviews on other bands here.

Despite being one of the ‘lighter’ bands on the bill and also being consigned to the Red Bull stage, Don Broco (4/5) have an infectious energy about them that is impossible to ignore. It’s obvious that each member of the band genuinely loves the music they play and their passion shines through in the grins of both band and audience, creating an all-important connection between the two. In the same way that Skindred make you want to gurn and bounce like you never have before, Don Broco have irresistible energy that leaves you smiling way into the next band. Hopefully next time will see a better billing for these boys.

The original article – OneMetal Goes To Download (Friday) – can be read here.

Having last seen these guys in a little bar in Torquay a year or so back, it’s clear to see the Broco boys have come a long way. Playing Download’s Red Bull Stagethe Broco boys pretty much owned everyone in what was a stunning set from start to finish. With such a tight set it was almost a shame to be seeing them on such a small stage as they played with as much energy and musicianship as anyone on the larger stages. With their rapidly growing fan base though the chances of a stage upgrade for next year shouldn’t be far away.

One thing that really sells these guys as well as their music is the fact they are all genuinely nice guys and it really comes across in their set. You can tell they are really enjoying themselves as much as the crowd with even charismatic frontman Rob…. taking time to get into the crowd to join the pit while the band give it their all.

Set highlights:  ‘Thug Workout’ (any song with the line ‘sexy girls come up to me and they always come if you know what I mean’ is gonna be an instant crowd pleaser), Beautiful Morning and the epic riffage of closing track Dreamboy.

When your girlfriend names a virtual fish after one of the band you know success is only round the corner!  2011 is gonna be a big year for Don Broco and HTF are backing them all the way!

You can read the rest of the review here.

Don Broco – undoubtedly the next big thing in UK rock, Don Broco absolutely ripped apart the Kerrang! Introducing Stage, and rebuilt it using their super-slick brand of discord, vocal harmony and a stage presence that can’t be described and do it justice (or photographed – I tried). A huge, huge name to watch out for.

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After the onslaught just witnessed, I need a break from the stage so I make my way round to the under-cover dance floor to catch some beatboxing and breakdancing that’s been wowing crowds all weekend long. With a DJ on decks and two dancers squaring off, I’m engrossed longer than expected. Realising Bedfordshire four-piece Don Broco are now starting, I make a sharp exit back towards the main stage. As I make my way there I see in the distance a gargantuan gap where the active crowd has since split into two. What I’m witnessing is the festival’s first wall of death and I’m just in time to capture the aftermath. Looking around for Rob Damiani (Don Broco’s vocal man), I finally spot him standing not where you’d expect on stage but instead in the crowd, orchestrating the impending mayhem from ground zero. Like a musical Moses, Rob instructs the crowd to smash back as one and in the funniest moment of the festival so far I witness him leaping back over the crush barrier as if the rest of his living days depend on it.

I wouldn’t necessarily associate their deep vocal melodies and mellow pop-rock hums with circle pits, gang chants and walls of wounded chaos, but that’s exactly what they get. There’s even a moment Rob invites as many people as possible to climb on board their neighbour’s shoulders. Panicked members of security strive to stop the action from unfolding which causes Rob to tell the crowd “don’t listen to them”. Naturally, for a young crowd accustomed to ignoring the orders of all joyless elders, they carry on climbing regardless. For all of its crowd disorder and clutch of catchy, danceable tracks, the standout of their set arrives with the soft, bopping sounds of ‘Beautiful Morning’. It may be the afternoon and we’re being overrun with miserable weather but this track’s confident, radiant chorus of duel-vocals declaring “it feels like a beautiful morning” couldn’t be closer to the truth. Exhilarating and a small taste of brilliance – by far the best this Sunday’s had on the menu. [7]

You can read the rest of the review here.

So, probably the most random line up I have seen for a while. Don Broco, one of my favourite UK bands were supposed to headline the White Rabbit tonight but a mix up now meant they were first on the bill with some hardcore metal? This was going to be interesting to say the least!

I loved how it was half past six in the evening and the White Rabbit was rammed. Don Broco really have a large following in Plymouth now, with most of the crowd sporting their famous ‘Sexy Girls Come Up To Me T-Shirts’. As expected, a cracking set list with new songs ‘Beautiful Morning’ and ‘Top of the World’ being personal favourites and a good mix of old classics such as ‘Thug Workout’ whacked in there too. These boys never seem to disappoint me, ever!

Lead vocalist, Rob Damiani, sounds a little strained tonight but lets be honest, who’s voice would not be tired after singing practically every night for the past two weeks. Never the less, they still sound awesome. Rob is modelling a ‘Dead Poets’ t-shirt which I find a surprise from his normal attire. What happened to the brightly coloured vests Rob?

Carnage erupts during their last track of the night ‘Dreamboy’, as they ask fans to get on their friends shoulder for a wall of death. At this point you can imagine where I was stood, at the bar where it was safe!

An entertaining performance by Bedford’s finest and I look forward to coming across them at a festival this year. Well done lads!

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