Caleb Nott and and Georgia Nott form the sibling duo BROODS. The group, which hails from New Zealand, has dropped the first single titled “Piece of My Mind” from their upcoming album Space Island.
“Piece of My Mind” takes the duo in a different direction as it touches on mental illness. It’s crucial to have those honest conversations with those suffering whether it would be friends or family. You aren’t alone in feeling in this way. You will come out stronger on the other side.
The music video is a stunning accompaniment to the track and the first of a three-part film that touches on acceptance, reflection, and escapism. BROODS’s artistry is unmatched and it’s much appreciated that they are using their platform to educate and bring awareness to a topic that’s still taboo to talk about.
EUPHORIA. caught up with Georgia to chat about the new single and upcoming album.
Congrats on everything coming! To kick things off, tell us a little about “Piece of My Mind.” What was the creation process like and how did you come up with the process for the music video?
It was the first song we wrote with a really great producer, Stint. It’s really special when you can catch a vibe so quickly with someone you just met that day. And, even more so when there’s space to be vulnerable. The video was definitely a labor of love. It took about two weeks of driving around the South Island of New Zealand with our friend Sam Kristofski, who directed it and all of the upcoming videos for Space Island too. It was such a cathartic and relaxing experience because it gave us a lot of time together to dream up the world we wanted to invite people into. We had hours and hours to talk about Space Island and what it meant to Caleb and I. A lot of the time we made it up as we went along. That kind of work requires a lot of trust and it made the whole process of shooting so much more fun.
Being that the single somewhat touches on mental health, where do you feel the conversation is at for mental health in the music industry right now?
I think music has forever been a way for people to express things that aren’t always easy to talk about. The industry somehow celebrates it at the same time as ignoring it though. It’s a little contradictory in that way. We want our favorite artists to be open books so we can have something to relate to for the good of our mental health but by requiring them to do that all the time, it can often leave them compromising their own. It’s been like walking a tightrope for us personally at times. Trying to establish boundaries while still leaving it all out in the open for people. I think it’s changing slowly because of how much more openly we talk about our mental health as a society these days, but, personally, I feel there is a really long way to go when it comes to taking care of the artists wearing their hearts on their sleeves all the time.
Do you happen to have a favorite lyric from the song?
I think “maybe I went out too far, or maybe I’m not far enough / I don’t think I have a choice, so what’s the point in being tough.” It alludes to the rest of the album. But it is also something I will probably never stop asking myself. I find myself wanting to be all in and not in at all at the same time. I’m learning to trust, though. Myself and the lessons that life has. And, of course, to not expect so much of myself when I don’t feel “tough.”
What can you tell us about Space Island? How did you come up with that album title/concept?
We were in the studio writing, what is now, the final track on the album. We started creating a vibe that sonically took us to space and to the beach simultaneously and we thought, “This is so Space Island!” From there we started to develop this idea of Space Island being a place to escape to in times of loss and grief and built the visual world around that concept.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences on this album?
We were in a massive Les Baxter phase (still are). It may not make much sense to many people if they listened to Space Island next to Baxter’s experimental space jazz, but he just built landscapes in his music in a way that really inspired us. Sinn Sisamouth is another one. That whole era of psych rock in Cambodia is insane. It feels tangible in a way that only those emotional live recordings can.
What do you hope listeners and fans take away from listening to “Piece of My Mind”?
I hope people rage to it and run to it and punch pillows to it. We are living in such strange times and it’s becoming clear that the way we exist is being tested. I, personally, find myself more existential than ever. We can’t transmute feelings we push down and feel afraid or judgmental of. We can’t learn by turning away from ourselves and each other. We need to really feel what is happening around us and grow from our grief. Something beautiful can come from the messy stuff if we hold it with love, compassion, forgiveness and remorse.
What are some struggles and benefits from opening up on a song like this?
When we first released it, I saw a lot of press calling it “the darkest song yet” from us. Which made me stop and think, “oh no, I’ve said too much!” But that was short lived as I know that, 1. It’s definitely not (to me anyway) and 2. I’m proud of how much we share and how personal we get in our music. I know for me, growing up, these were the kinds of songs that held me when navigating my darkest times. I want people to feel less alone. We live in an age where we are constantly “connected” yet a lot of us are extremely isolated, emotionally speaking. Music has always been the bridge that connects people through that isolation and we intend on building an enormous bridge that never closes.
To wrap it up, what’s next for BROODS? Anything exciting besides Space Island?
Well, we never stop writing. It’s a habit we can’t seem to shake haha. But also TOURING (all going to plan). The only thing we love as much as making music is when we get to be in the same room as and feel close to the people we make it for. And, something tells me, these shows are going to be very special.