Growing up, I could barely stand long car trips with my brothers. We had to be separated in order to keep one from beating up the other. With such a fond memory in mind, I can't imagine how band members survive eleven months on the road. How musicians stay sane whilst being stuck on a bus with the same people day after day is beyond me, especially when they're traveling with family. A surprisingly large number of bands have siblings in them. And I don't mean in the you're-like-family-to-me way, I mean in the actual blood related kind of way. Sure, sometimes it has got to be a comfort to have a brother or sister on tour with you, but I'd imagine other times aren't so pleasant. Here are five bands that somehow manage to keep it in the family.
Colin and Jonny Greenwood have been in the band together since day one. Two years apart, they joined On a Friday (the band's original namesake) along with band mates Thom Yorke, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway while in school together. After signing to EMI, the band changed their name to "Radiohead" and the rest is history. The two have also worked together on Johnny's solo album Bodysong
. Mom must be so proud.
It's cute because they're a little bit matching
Indie-rockers The National
are all kind of related to one another. The band includes not one, but two sets of twins, Brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Bryan and Scott Devendorf. That's a lot of family ties. Bryce, Bryan and Aaron knew each other from childhood and formed the band Nancy. Around this time Scott was in another band with Matt Berninger, who would later become the The National's fifth member. The five were eventually introduced through the Devendorfs and now they're one big happy family...almost.
Twins! Well minus Matt on the far left
With seven members you would think Los Campesinos!
would have more family ties, but it wasn't until 2009 when Kim David joined her brother, Gareth, in the ranks. The band all adopt the surname "Campesinos" for stage purposes, but the David siblings are the only ones actually related to one another. The band announced on their blog
that Kim would be replacing Alek Berditchevskaia on keyboard and vocals.
The David/Campesinos siblings
is another band with brothers. You wouldn't know it looking at their last names, but guitarists Chris Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz are actually related. Chris formed a band with Thomas Mars and Deck dArc. Laurent was playing in the band Darlin with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (also known as Daft Punk) and joined his brother when Darlin disbanded. The brothers combined forces and released "Ghettoblaster" under the new name Phoenix.
Find the brothers. Hint: They have the dark hair
is perhaps one of the most famous bands of brothers out there. Noel and Liam Gallagher have been in the band and kind of at each other's throats since the beginning. Liam Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Paul McGuigan and Tony McCarroll were in the band The Rain when Noel, Liam's older brother, was asked to join. The band's history is pockmarked with the brothers fighting. The feud eventually came to a head in 2009, when Noel left the band stating he "simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer". Ouch. Liam started a new band, Beady Eye, and Noel is currently cruisin' round the world with his High Flying Birds.
The family resemblance is always a little startling