In the past few weeks, the buzz around self-released, Birmingham blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels has reached a deafening roar. So much so that the band have rushed out new single GUNS to capitalize on fan driven interest.
It all started when a live version of previous single LOW was uploaded to their Facebook page, within 4 days the video had amassed an impressive 130,000 views. This caught the attention of viral content geniuses Buzzfeed, who invited the band into their offices to play a live streamed gig for their 1.3m strong Facebook group, part of their Music Breaks Series. Just when it seemed like it couldn’t get any better, the GUNS video was elevated to the front page of YouTube. At the time of writing, the video has amassed over 400,000 views in less than one day.
Chosen by the fans, GUNS is the second single to be taken from BWR’s Georgia Pine EP Produced by Tom Gittins (Robert Plant), the EP was released April 15th. First singleLOW was track of the week on Radio X, and playlisted on Planet Rock, who are now also supporting GUNS.
GUNS hooks listeners in with James Tranter’s expert guitar riff, before James Dudley’s thundering drums usher in Danny Core’s impassioned vocals and anthemic chorus.GUNS plays homage to their hometown of Birmingham with a melody and energy that tears through you, with the refrain. “Born and raised where Guns are made, they burn bright like a cigarette.”
BWR’s bluesy southern tinged swagger has drawn favourable comparisons with Kings of Leon, Alabama Shakes and The Black Keys, while their legendary live shows frequently result in stage invasions with fans rushing the stage in response to the band’s famous shoes off war cry!
Broken Witt Rebels have just made guitar bands exciting again.
BROKEN WITT REBELS – UK LIVE DATES
Supporting Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Monday 6th June Boston Music Room, London
Tuesday 7th June The Bodega, Nottingham
Thursday 9 June Isle of White Festival
Thursday 30 June King Tuts, Glasgow
Friday 29 July Sound House, Leicester
Sunday 14 August Down To The Woods Festival, Hardwick Hall, County Durham.
Sunday 4 September Bingley Music Live, Myrtle Park, Bingley, West Yorkshire
Thursday 20 October London Proud Camden
Friday 21 October Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend
Thursday 1 December Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay, Wales