The Brother Brothers – Tugboats

EP Review | Self Release | Review by Kev Boyd | Stars: 4/5

The Brother Brothers are identical twins Adam and David Moss, originally out of Peoria, Illinois and now based in and around Brooklyn. They play their own songs with obvious nods towards the American country and hillbilly traditions and Tugboats is their debut six-track EP, clocking in at just under 20 minutes. Guitar and fiddle provide the instrumentation but it’s the brothers’ harmony vocals that dominate the EP’s aesthetic. Obvious comparisons are with the Everlys or Louvins, and not just because of the brotherly connection, although it’s true to say there’s a special quality when siblings sing together that’s evident in spades on these tracks. The harmonies are crisp and clean throughout, not to mention note-perfect, and everything sounds as effortless as it, rather annoyingly, no doubt is. It’s hard to identify any obvious highlights as the quality of performances is high throughout and the whole thing zips past at a fare old pace so there’s little time to contemplate qualitative decisions. If pressed I’d cite “Notary Public” as an example that presents perhaps the most complete melding of vocals and instruments with the bonus of a vaguely humorous lyric. Small but perfectly formed, Tugboats is a great taster but The Brother Brothers deserve a chance to stretch their musical legs, so to speak, on a full-length album.