Viva la name change Brother

August 2011


UK indie rockers Brother are now Viva Brother after seemingly having thirty pages of court documents ‘served’ on them at a gig in San Francisco by a gentlemen who threw the bundle onto the stage – informing the band that a US Celtic powerhouse trio already were using the name Brother. In the old days, UK bands faced with this problem simply adopted a ‘US’ name (such as the London Suede and The Charlatans UK) but as we are now in the global digital market, the UK Brother perhaps unsurprisingly went for a more radical approach and plumped for  the new name of Viva Brother, Viva Brother frontman Lee Newell said of the name change: “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away three men decided one day that it would be a good idea to start a band called Brother. Many, many years later four frighteningly handsome devils in the desolate, post apocalyptic wasteland of Slough decided to do the same thing. But something called ‘litigation’ got in the way. However with this out of the way we do finally feel free. Brother is dead. Long Live VIVA BROTHER!”

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