Broods will release their sophomore album, Conscious, on June 24. Fans have a chance to pre-order the album early via the band’s website. Those who pre-order the album digitally will instantly receive the anthemic first single, “Free.”
The New Zealand duo – composed of Georgia and brother Caleb Nott – just wrapped up a series of West Coast arena dates with Ellie Goulding.
Broods recently performed in front of an ecstatic home crowd in March, when they took to the stage at ACL. Before that, their last NZ tour was in early 2015, and included a sold-out Auckland show.
To celebrate the release of Conscious, Broods will play Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on July 14, Auckland’s Vector Arena on July 15 and Wellington’s Shed 6 on July 17.
“Free”, the first single from Conscious, has been streamed more than two million times on Spotify since its release two weeks ago and quickly ranked in the Top 15 of Spotify’s U.S. and Global Viral charts. The video for “Free”, which was directed by Jessie Hill (Chris Cornell, Angus & Julia Stone), can be viewed HERE.
Conscious is the follow-up to Broods’ 2014 debut album, Evergreen, which contained the singles “Bridges” and “Mother & Father” and climbed into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Alternative Albums chart. Evergreen debuted at #1 on the NZ Album chart, and #5 in Australia.
Joel Little (Lorde, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding), who produced Evergreen, serves as Executive Producer on Conscious, producing many of the tracks. Additional production is by Broods, Alex Hope (Troye Sivan) and Captain Cuts. The new album features a duet with Tove Lo and a song the band co-wrote with fellow New Zealander Lorde.
The album title succinctly sums up Broods’ approach to creating music. Explains Georgia Nott, “We’re very conscious on what we want to achieve with this album. We’re very conscious of what we want to do and what kind of impact we want to make. At the end of the day, it’s important to have a say over every aspect of your art.”
Thrust into the international spotlight when both members were just barely out of school, the experience of playing big stages around the world had a powerful effect on their songwriting.
“After touring for so long, you start realising which songs you enjoy playing the most and which songs the audience reacts to the most,” says Caleb Nott. “We know more about what we’re up to and that’s definitely influenced the way that we wrote. This album is a punch in the face compared to the last one. Evergreen was very subtle and airy, Conscious really goes for the throat.”
Tickets for the New Zealand dates go on sale to the general public on Thursday April 28.
BROODS – CONSCIOUS TOUR – presented by The Edge and George fm
– General Public on sale Thursday April 28 (noon)