The British folk pop band Boundless Brothers, formerly Blue Horyzon, is made up of Dan Browne (keyboards, drums, backing vocals), Nathan Cole (banjo, backing vocals), and brothers Sam Wilson (lead vocals, guitar) and Seb Wilson (electric/double bass, backing vocals).
Following their signing to Independent Record Label, Riverfish Music, Boundless Brothers have recorded their debut EP Untold with record producer Joe Dworniak at Riverfish Studios in Penzance.
We caught up with the boys to find out more about what’s on the horizon for Boundless Brothers.
How did the band get together?
We met Nathan at an open mic night (Sam and Seb are brothers) and started jamming together. Four years ago, we decided to form a band. Dan later joined in 2014 to give the sound we have today.
Where did the name of the band originate from?
Well, we formed the band in Cornwall and we live near the beach, so looking out at the sea everyday most certainly sparked the name.
Who are your musical influences?
The Beatles! The Eagles, Newton Faulkner, Imagine Dragons, Bastille and many more from all genres.
When and where was your first gig?
Our first gig was a birthday party at the Astro Park in Penzance, however, out first gig with our current line up was at The Sword Fish, in Newlyn – a great little pub with lots of locals and a good atmosphere.
What is your favourite song to perform?
We love performing all of our originals to be honest and our favourite changes from day to day.
Who did you listen to growing up and what was your first album?
Nathan had quite a manly taste in music, liking anything from Atomic Kitten to Dido. Seb and I grew up listening to rock music and even some metal, whilst Dan kept it real with Bob Marley.
First albums: Sam & Seb – Metallica The Black Album
Dan – System of a Down Toxicity’
Nathan’s – Busted
Where is your favourite venue to play live in Cornwall?
Our favourite venue at the moment would have to be The Watering Hole in Perranporth as it is a great venue and they gave us the opportunity to support Toploader recently which was just amazing!
You release your debut EP Untold in November, tell us about it and the inspiration behind it.
Sam: The inspiration behind most of the songs on the EP relates to the feeling you get when things are not really going your way and when people are not really listening to things that you want to say. Sitting on top of these feelings are the people that you loved being miles away.
Artists that have influenced a couple songs on the EP include Simon & Garfunkle who have always influenced us as a collective as we love their harmonies.Bastille are another band we appreciate as they always have a greatstory to tell in their songs and that influences us greatly.
What are your aspirations and plans for the next 12 months?
We plan to tour and promote our EP as much as possible and hopefully build a bigger fan base. We have been writing over the summer and will continue writing in preparation for our first album (which is going to be EPIC!) and finally try and play at some really great festivals on the bigger stages.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
We all went to watch The Proclaimers and got to go backstage while they were playing and have a look at them from back there. Our best gig was either playing Shrewsbury Folk Festival on Main Stage 2 or supporting Toploader at the Watering Hole – they were both just incredible experiences for us!
Who are you listening to on your iPod/ MP3 Player now?
We all listen to Imagine Dragons and Bastille in the car at the moment as we are constantly on the way to gigs.
What are you thoughts on the Cornish music scene and what improvements would you like to see?
It’s a very good music scene here but it could do with a few more big music venues to attract more well known artists down to Cornwall…so we can support them! We would love to perform at The Eden Sessions.
Are there any current Cornish artists you see going far?
Sam William’s and the Flock of Bats seem to be doing very well so we wish them the best of luck.
Do you have any pre-stage superstitions/ routines?
Dan takes his shoes off, Sam paces around everywhere, Nathan puts his finger picks on hours before the gig for some reason, and Seb has a power nap, ha ha!
What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to your while on stage or playing at a gig?
We were doing out first festival in Wales and throughout the first song, four of Sam’s guitar strings broke, which was just the worst thing that could ever happen, as we didn’t have a spare guitar to just switch on!
If you could play on stage with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
We would rather be alive, ha ha, but it would have to be The Beatles as they are pretty much the best band ever.
Describe your music in three words
Really, really good. Just kidding! Upbeat. Harmonious. Dynamic.
Boundless Brothers’ new EP Untold will be officially released on 3rd November, 2014.
The band is playing at The Acorn in Penzance on Friday 3rd October, 2014