Saskatoon-raised brother duo speak aspect undertaking other than The Sheepdogs

The Currie brothers, who grew up in Saskatoon, use their brotherly bond and playful sense of humor to make music under the BROS banner.

Since 2014, Ewan, 36, and Shamus, 32, have been taking some time from their main gig – the platinum-winning Canadian band The Sheepdogs – and experimenting as a duo with several musical genres.

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“The sheepdogs have a very identifiable sound. It’s like a rock and roll band, guitar, bass. When Shamus and I were growing up, we always loved all kinds of music… So I think it was just a way for us to dive into some of these other styles, ”Ewan said.

“We are not broken. Both bands exist at the same time. “

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“I think BROS is more of a pure studio project while Sheepdogs are a studio project and live touring outfit,” said Shamus.

When Shamus later joined The Sheepdogs to make the band famous in 2012, the brothers each bring something unique to the recording studio.

“Ewan has a lot more live experience with his years with The Sheepdogs before I joined the band. But I have a more formal education than him. I went to a music school, took some music classes at the University of Saskatchewan, but also went to Humber College in Toronto, so we have different subjects, ”Shamus said.

“It’s very fraternal in a way that we argue endlessly over problems, but it never goes past the end of the studio day. It’s not like those bitter feuds like the Gallagher brothers (of Oasis), ”Ewan said.

“It’s like arguing whether the bass should play that note or that note and then at the end of the day have a beer and choose my idea, so … just kidding.”

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What every Sheepdog sibling brings to the BROS side project

What every Sheepdog sibling brings to the BROS side project

As evidence of the family’s music, her father, Neil Currie, is a pianist who was composer in residence for the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and a lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan.

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“(Our father) has this very academic, clinical approach to music. And BROS is one of the ways Shamus and I always fight our heads because (Shamus’) is musically trained and I’m a lot more into playing shows and getting into the van world. And so the instinct against training really hits the head when the BROS make music, ”said Ewan.

“I think I inherited different musical tastes from Dad than from Ewan,” Shamus said.

“You were my son, Shamus,” Ewan said jokingly.

Father, son, and brother came for the first time when recording the Vol. 2 Track Clams Casino.

“It’s a strange little piece of music on the album. It’s like the Mancini-esque thing and we knew we wanted some jazz piano shredder solos on it and something outside of our capabilities, ”Ewan said.

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“When our dad came to visit us here in Toronto, we went into a studio that had a suitably old-fashioned sounding piano and I think we were all a little hungover, but he sat down and threw something sweet.” Solos that we ended up using.

“It was really cool. I think he enjoyed it.”

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Although born in Australia, the brothers explained how their Saskatoon roots contributed to their second album, which they termed an “international” album.

“I think it maybe reflects the fact that we were a couple of kids who grew up in Saskatoon but were very intrigued by the world of music … and wondering what was going on,” Ewan said.

“I have many memories of going to the library in downtown Saskatoon and pulling out 20 CDs at once.

“You’d have a crazy variety of world music … it’s very much a product of growing up in Saskatoon and having those things around me. I think it was a good place to grow up for some curious young people who were interested in exploring the world through music. “

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With some Sheepdog concerts coming up and the release of Vol. 2 planned for July 16th, the BROS have no intention of slowing down.

“As wir (our debut record) Vol. 1 obviously indicated that there would be a second volume. I would love it if there was Volume 10. We’ll keep it going and The Sheepdogs will keep it going and I know Shamus has a solo album hidden somewhere, ”Ewan said.

“More and more music is our motto. I think we’re very lucky to be professional musicians these days so we don’t take it for granted. We want to make music as much as possible and hopefully people will keep hearing it, ”Shamus said.

While both now live in Toronto, Ewan says he’s still cheering for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“I’m just such a huge Argonauts fan now. How come on are you kidding me? Rider, all the way! ”Said Ewan.

“We lived and grew up there for 20 years … I still think most of my formative years were spent in Saskatoon,” Shamus said.

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