Chris and Evan Brown have done things most guys their
ages—22 and 24, respectively—never even dream of doing. Like traveling the
world as competitive ballroom dancers, or dabbling in stock market trading. But
not long ago the brothers decided to enter another creative venture. One with
its own kind of gliding grace, a lush beauty to equal the moves of their
dancing days—and one that looks to net them an even greater return than the Dow
Jones or NASDAQ might ever yield. In 2007 the pair formed Kotadama, a boldly
inventive group that, with its startling debut album, Dichotomy, is
about to become the fresh musical faces of pop radio.
Like many great bands, Kotadama (Japanese for “spirit of
words”) arose out of its founders simply wanting to find an outlet for the
songs they’d been writing. “Around the time I was studying for my university
entrance exams I started bugging my parents for a guitar, and then I learned
how to play,” says Chris, who with Evan and their two sisters grew up on their
family’s 100-acre rural property in New South Wales, Australia. “I talked Evan
into learning to play the drums, and we started working out U2 songs and other
covers. We started writing our own stuff pretty soon after that.” Before long,
the siblings had converted a nearby farm shed into their own recording studio
and were hard at work crafting the songs on Dichotomy.
And what songs they are. Sweeping, high-gloss epics that
truly belie their composers’ youth. Uplifting and melodic, they reflect their
composers’ obsession with age-old, universal themes: the relentless ache of
unrequited love; a young man’s attempts to make sense of the world; that
intoxicating, tingling rush of a first kiss. There’s “As I Am,” a driving,
lay-it-on-the-line statement of self-belief with massive hooks and keyboards
that sparkle like distant stars; and “Earth Vs. Man,” an atmospheric,
introspective think-piece that Chris describes as “a bit of a warning to
mankind.” And then there’s “See You Tonight,” Dichotomy’s first single.
A yearning ode of romantic separation with a soaring, heartbreaking vocal by
Chris, the track was picked up by New York’s KISS-FM in May 2009 and quickly
became the station’s most requested song.
And for Kotadama things have been happening quickly, indeed.
After becoming finalists in Europe’s 100% Music Songwriting Contest, the band
appeared at the Kansai Music Conference in Osaka, Japan; was nominated for a
Los Angeles Music Award; saw the video for “See You Tonight” air on CBS, NBC,
FOX, and other American TV networks; played an acoustic showcase in the UK; won
first place in the international Festival4stars songwriting competition; and
received invitations to perform at the Barcelona Acció Musical festival in Spain and in Canada and the US,
invited to showcase at the city showcase in New Zealand and were selected by
the public, top 2 bands out of 400. In 2009 the band partnered with top
producer David Kershenbaum (Duran Duran, Tracy Chapman, Bryan Adams).
“Every decade or so there is a musical group that comes on
the scene that takes your breath away,” raves Kershenbaum. “Kotadama is that
kind of group.”
For live support and touring, they bring on two mates, Clint
Fish and Kane Burns, who create a full 4 piece band, which is an image the
brothers have always wanted. Chris and Evan have been busy working on more
music; in fact, Kotadama already has material for a second album and are
working on it in their spare time. “The goal is still the same as when we
started,” explains Evan. “To write songs that resonate with people of all ages.”
One listen to Dichotomy shows it’s a goal Kotadama knows exactly how to
achieve—with an approach that will take the band straight to the top of the
charts. And beyond.
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