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Broods rocks the El Rey in L.A.
Broods at the El Rey Theatre. Photo by Izzy Gut.

Broods rocks the El Rey in L.A.

Where else would a brother and sister on the rise end their first North American tour?

Georgia and Caleb Nott, known by their stage name as Broods, played a packed venue at the iconic El Rey Theatre last night in Los Angeles. A week after the U.S. release of their debut LP “Evergreen,” the two celebrated the album launch surrounded by people who truly know good music when they hear it.

The night warmed up with the help of Strange Babes, a group with positive, easygoing electric songs and what I’m convinced were unintentionally blase attitudes. They had an aura about them that I can’t place my finger on, but I won’t lose sleep over it. I found the handful of radio hits playing in the buffer zone during set up for Broods appealed more to my tastes than Babes, but that’s not to say they weren’t good.

Almost every ticket holder had a wolf mask on a stick in their hand, courtesy of the band upon arrival to the show. Fans clutched them tight throughout the opening act’s half hour set, waiting for the glowing red curtains to uncover what would be a colorful display obscured by fog and “Broods” projected onto the cherry backdrop. The Notts wasted no time, taking to the stage in black outfits and jumping straight into the first song.

The New Zealand natives opened with the enticing hit “Never Gonna Change,” getting the crowd’s blood surging with excitement. An effortless transition into each song was an impressive feat, never accelerating too quickly or killing the good vibes. Hands down, their golden single “Bridges” got the liveliest reaction and nearly caused a riot. The crowd mirrored Georgia’s rhythmic dancing while Caleb bobbed his head playing the keyboard. The album’s title track and the enthralling “Coattails” were a couple more tunes of a dozen the band burned through like wildfire.

Almost half way through the night, the band got the crowd to pose with their masks for a massive selfie. The cover art for “Evergreen” features the two as wolves, which reflects part of the meaning behind their moniker. It was a sweet gesture, as if they’re proud to have so many people take part in the family they’ve created over the past year and a half.

Energy in the arena never dropped, even during solemn moments like the heartfelt tune “Four Walls,” where Georgia belted out harmonies and lyrics alike with her incredibly dynamic and powerful voice. A roar of applause came in waves during knockout moments like that, which was well deserved. Georgia wraps you up in her emotion, making it so palpable you genuinely take on her pain as your own.

Fans showed an overwhelming amount of support throughout the band’s performance, causing the siblings to blush and send endless thank you’s to their admirers. They left the stage, but an encore was inevitable when I realized their lead song “Mother & Father” was left out. The audience wouldn’t accept leaving without it, and as expected, the band came back for one last hoorah.

As I scuttled out of the venue onto Wilshire Blvd. just past 11 p.m., a string of Broods posters on a wooden post caught my attention. I ripped it off, put it in the backseat of my car and drove home, knowing that I won’t be getting over this act anytime soon.

Watch a clip of Broods perform “Everytime” on Monday night below.

About Izzy Gut

Izzy Gut is a Magazine Journalism major and writer born and raised in the Chicago area who aspires to work in a field that includes creative direction and photography in addition to writing.

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