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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.

Stereoboard.com 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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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 are just one of the many new British rock hopefuls for 2011 and with them they bring a decent collection in the form of this mini-album, ‘Big Fat Smile’. Kicking off with the bold ‘Dreamboy’that drives its way through with an instantly catchy chorus, mixed with a simple yet acceptable rock sound, something that is somewhat of a trend for the Bedford four-piece throughout.

‘Metalface’ follows it on well with its radiant chorus. Whereas‘Beautiful Morning’ starts off in an intriguing fashion; floating guitar lines lead into a buoyant chorus with duel-vocals declaring “it feels like a beautiful morning” whilst the occasional “woah” makes the track stand out furthermore.

‘Top Of The World’ continues the bands feel-good, albeit slighty more rockier with Rob Damiani’s vocals at times center stage and throughly sounding confident. Most evidently its on ‘I’m Good’ where Damiani shines, as the slower tempo allows the focus, to an extent, be more on him. However the bands ability to take charge of the calm, swaying tempo and perhaps most importantly, the tracks structure makes the song as awhole well-rounded.

‘Do What We Do’ closes the EP and sees the band heading down the straight-up rock route, one which is rather loose yet feisty. It’s not the best track here, but it gives the EP a bit more variation and simultaneously Don Broco do not stray from what they know best.

Over the course of six songs, Don Broco make a good enough statement to get themselves noticed and back up any hype they’ve had. ‘Big Fat Smile’ hits all the right marks and gives the band tons of promise and potential, as their overall sound is instantly favorable and keeps you interested long enough. So much so that after a few listens you’ll have it on repeat. You may even have just what the record says – a big fat smile.


Sean Reid

Original review

Rating: 8

For those that take themselves too seriously, look away now. Don Broco are to be imbibed with a generous helping of salty scepticism, however misplaced that may be. This Bedfordshire four-piece make a good mix of Brit-rock riffs, sarcastic lyrical content and jovial pop sensibilities; and while there’s nothing musically groundbreaking here, ‘Dreamboy’ and ‘Top Of The World’ have all the appeal of an STD-ridden Hollywood hooker. You know you probably shouldn’t, but gosh it’s a ‘reet fun ride. Thoroughly rocking and quintessentially informal, Don Broco ain’t a bad punt to get your party started.

Original review