In junior high I was the only dude playing flute which at first I was hideously embarrassed about and then incredibly pumped about.
—Dave Landreth, musician
Their very first band was called Hockey Mom, and featured their dad, Wally Landreth.
But despite the fact that they grew up playing music together, brothers Joey and Dave Landreth went their separate ways musically for awhile, backing acts like Doc Walker and Imaginary Cities.
Now performing as The Bros. Landreth, they're set to release their first album together, Let It Lie, which was produced by longtime family friend, Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Crash Test Dummies) with drummer Ryan Voth.
"It's always been pretty natural, it's just something we've done as a
family. So I lack the proper perspective to really know what it would
have been like if we hadn't done it," Joey says.
The brothers in their younger days. (courtesy Bros. Landreth)
"It was a really cool unifier for
our family to get together and play and I started with guitar lessons
with my dad when I was eight. Then when Dave and I started playing
together it was something that brought the three boys together."
For the brothers, that family history also simplified the arguments that inevitably arose in the recording process, and helped them bounce back from disagreements.
Younger brother Joey plays guitar in the band, and Dave tried a lot of instruments before settling on the bass.
"In junior high I was the only dude playing flute which at first I was hideously embarrassed about and then incredibly pumped about. It was like, 'Oh it's time to break off into sectionals, Dave you go here with the 15 girls that are playing flute,'" he laughs.
The brothers have also carved out niches for themselves within the band, Dave handles the practical, business end of things while Joey is the dreamer with the grand vision. Remnants of Joey's past relationships also litter the songs on the record, with only one not coming from real life experience.
"Joey's the sentimental one, I'm the pragmatist in the group. We balance
each other out but I can have feelings too you know, I have some," Dave jokes. Brothers Landreth release Let It Lie on September 5 at the West End Cultural Centre. Before
then, hear Joey and Dave Landreth in conversation with guest host Bruce Ladan on
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