Broods concert a rare musical treat
It was possibly the first time one of the world's hottest acts has come direct to Nelson from London.
Broods flew in last week to play a one-off gig at the Theatre Royal on Saturday night, in a joint venture between the band, Nelson Underage, and Smokefreerockquest.
It was a polished, energetic performance and a rare musical treat for Nelson. Siblings Georgia, 19, and Caleb Nott, 21, have just finished touring North America, selling out theatres stacked three balconies deep.
But coming home for their first show since making it big overseas was something special.
Fans got a chance to hear songs from Broods' self-titled, critically-acclaimed EP as well as new single Mother & Father.
"It's the strangest thing playing to people we grew up with," Georgia Nott said between songs. "We really appreciate the support you guys gave us before Broods was a thing."
In the afternoon before the concert, the down-to-earth duo smiled and chatted their way through a string of media interviews.
Later, they joined their live-show drummer Jimi Mataio, of 2010 Rockquest-winning band The Good Fun. The trio spent an hour talking to about 25 Rockquest finalists, discussing how life had changed since their Garin College band The Peasants won the 2011 title, including signing with Capitol in the US and Polydor in the UK last December.
The reality of intense touring had dashed any preconceptions they might have had about "glitz and glamour" of being a rock star, Georgia Nott said, as they battled illness and lack of sleep.
But both agreed the connection with their fans was "humbling"; one drove for a day across Canada to see them after the show in his own state was age-restricted.
"It's the weirdest thing seeing people singing your words back to you," Georgia said.
Smokefreerockquest organiser Glenn Common praised them for an "outstanding" show and for taking the time to offer advice to the latest round of finalists.
"They showed that they were still very real, very much from here and they're proud of that.
"For the next generation of students to know what they have achieved is inspiring and empowering. I hope [they] took the advice and pearls of wisdom to heart."
Nelson Underage event manager Nathan Telford was thrilled to host the pair for Nelson's youth, but said they could have sold out the 500-ticket concert many times over.
Debut single Bridges received worldwide acclaim after its release in January, and Broods' recent EP gathered more praise, entering the Billboard Heatseeker charts at No 5 and reaching No 2 on the New Zealand album charts behind Lorde's Pure Heroine. The two acts share a producer, Joel Little, and their first full-length album will be released later this year.
Broods recently played a 20-plus date headlining tour of North America and supported Brit-pop star Ellie Goulding on her tour of Australia and New Zealand. They play in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch in August. See this Saturday's Nelson Mail for an insight into Caleb and Georgia's life since making it big.
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