The Brother Kite's first two albums, available through micro-indie Clairecords, are enough to prove the group's ability to catch a pop hook and run with it.
The Brother Kite's first two albums, available through micro-indie Clairecords, are enough to prove the group's ability to catch a pop hook and run with it. Washy guitars, gorgeous voice layering and a penchant for soaring, Beach Boys-ian crescendos dominate 2006's "Waiting for the Time to Be Right," while a subtler vocal style is the theme of 2004's "thebrotherkite." The Brother Kite's modern indie-pop has plenty of timeless elements that would appeal to a broader audience than its small Northeast following.
In other words, it's time this Providence, R.I., fivesome has a team.
"We just need more opportunities to tour," guitarist Mark Howard says. The group has played stages with such acts as French Kicks, Frightened Rabbit and the Danielson Famile. "We also realize what an asset it is to have had a label that was OK with us doing our own thing without any timelines."
The group—rounded out by principal songwriter Pat Boutwell, guitarist Jon Downs, bassist Andrea Downs and drummer Matt Rozzero—is in the midst of recording and producing its next full-length in its own studio, with hopes to release it through a fitting label deal this fall.